Skype is a useful program to call friends and colleagues, organize video conferences, chat and share files. To be able to use it, you need to be registered on Skype and have the application installed. In this article, we will talk you through the process of how to create an account on Skype, download and install the app, set the preferences and make the most out of the program.
Download and Install Skype
To start using Skype you need to download and install it first. You can download it here for Windows
Once Skype has been downloaded, launch the installation process by double-clicking on the software folder. When it is done, you can open the app.
Create an Account
If you have never registered for Skype, you will need to create an account
. Open the app and click on No account? Create one!
Then follow the procedure: type your phone number, create a password, write your name and surname and select your birth date.
After that, you will receive a confirmation code
to your telephone number: type it in the corresponding field
and click Next
Congratulations! Your Skype account has been created. You will now need to upload your profile picture and test your microphone and camera. You can also skip these steps and do them later if you want. If you are registering with a mobile phone or a tablet, follow the same procedure.
How To Add And Change Skype Primary Email Address
To change the primary email address associated with your Skype account, follow this procedure.
on Skype and click on your profile picture
in the top-left corner of the app. Scroll down to Settings
and select Your profile
in the right pane.
You will be automatically redirected to Skype on the web
. In Contact details
change or add your email address and press Save
You can add multiple email addresses
to your Skype account to help your friends and colleagues find you. If you do so, you can set one primary email address to which your account will be linked. Don’t forget to click Save
before leaving the page to apply changes.
How to Sign In Automatically
Setting automatic Sign-in
in Skype can vary depending on your platform.
On Windows and Linux Skype launches automatically by default settings every time you start using your computer. If not, you can set it up. Go to Menu > Startup and Close
and checkmark Automatically start Skype
On Mac go to Settings > General
and enable the tab On close, keep Skype running
to make the app run even if you closed Skype window. Next, click on the Skype icon > Options > Open at login
to automatically log into your account.
On Android devices open the app, go to Settings > General
and checkmark Sign-in Automatically
For iPhone and iPad there is no such feature as automatic sign-in, because once you log in you stay signed in. If you’d like to stop the session and sign out, open the Skype app, tap on your profile picture and choose Sign Out
in the top-right corner.
How to Add a Second Skype Account
You can own two Skype accounts for personal purposes and business meetings, for example. To do so, sign out of your account and create a new account following the procedure above. Make sure you are using a different email or phone number, otherwise the system will notify you that this user is already registered.
Although you can not run two accounts on the same device at the same time, you can sign in to one of your accounts from your computer, and the other one from a mobile phone or a tablet.
The other way is to log-in to Skype for web
using your desktop version or mobile application at the same time.
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