Skype is a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service that allows one to talk to others over the internet for free via text, voice or even video.
This guide is designed specifically for Windows Computers, but Skype is also available for Macs.
What you will need to use Skype
- A computer with a broadband Internet connection.
- Speakers and a microphone. Many computers will have these built in (especially laptops), and many webcams also have microphones built in. You can also use a headphones-and-microphone headset.
- (Optional) A webcam for making video calls. Most laptops have a built-in webcam. If your computer is not equipped with a webcam, a USB webcam will work.
Download and setup Skype
- Visit the Skype download Web page.
- Click the Get Skype for Windows button to start the download.
- Run the setup file that was downloaded.
- Uncheck the Run Skype when Computer Starts box and click I Agree.
- Uncheck the Install Skype Click to Call box and click Continue.
- Uncheck both Bing and MSN selection boxes and click Continue.
- If you have a Skype Account, go ahead and log in and skip the next step. If not click Create an Account.
- You now need to create a Skype account. Only the fields with an * are required. The Skype Name is the name that will be displayed in the Skype address book. We advise you not to use your Western Bronco NetID password. You might want to uncheck the by email box to avoid receiving marketing emails from Skype.
- Now that you are logged into Skype, it will check that your computer has a camera and a microphone. Click Continue.
- You can now check to see if your computer is configured correctly to use Skype. You should be able to click on the Test Sound button and hear sound. If you speak, you should see the bar under the microphone move. If you have a webcam, you should see yourself in the video. Click Continue when finished testing.
- Skype will ask you to add a picture for your profile. You can take a picture of yourself right now using a webcam or you can select a picture file that you already have on your computer.
- After setting the profile picture, Skype is ready to use. Anyone you wish to Skype with must also have a Skype account.
- Finding your way around Skype
- Manage contacts
- Setup voice messaging
- Making group video calls
- Making group voice calls
- Call another Skype user
- Sending SMS text messages
- Calling mobile phones and landlines
- Making a video call
- Sending instant messages
- Solving call quality problems