Getting started with Skype Video

This guide helps charities get set up to make Skype video calls. Connect with a team, service users or partners.

Tori Ellaway
Mar 17 · 5 min read
Getting started with Skype Video. A practical the Small Charities Coalition and Catalyst.
Getting started with Skype Video. A practical the Small Charities Coalition and Catalyst.

Skype is a free (plus paid-for options) video conferencing tool that can be used on PCs, Macs and mobile devices.

It can be used it for 1:1 meetings, team meetings and video meetings with people outside of your organisation.

It takes about 10 minutes to get set up. Here, we’ll just look at getting signed up and started.

Steps to get set up

Step 1 — Download Skype

Select the type of computer you have (Mac, Windows, or Linux) and click on the ‘Get Skype’ button.

It takes a couple of minutes to download.

Step 2 — Install Skype to your computer (for Windows)

Search for Skype in your Windows search bar and double click to open up Skype.

Skip to Step 3.

Drag and drop the Skype logo into your Applications folder.

Step 2 — Install Skype to your computer (for Mac)

Drag and drop the Skype logo into your Applications folder.

Find the Slack logo in the Applications folder and open Skype up.

This is the screen to set up a new Skype account.

Step 3 — Create a Skype account

You can choose to sign up using your email address or your phone number — it’s up to you which you use.

Follow the instructions and finish creating your account.


Steps to host a meeting

  1. Meet Now: With Meet Now calls you can send out a link to attendees via email and they can join without a Skype account and without downloading Skype to their machines.
  2. Video and voice calls with contacts: you can hold a video or voice call with anyone who has a Skype account, once they’ve accepted you as a contact.

1. Meet Now

Clicking ‘Meet Now’ opens a new screen

Step 1 — Start a Meet Now call

It will open a new screen.

From this screen you can share the video call details and start the call

Step 2 — Send the link to attendees

When you’re ready, click ‘Start call’ to begin you call. Make sure the video button is toggled so attendees can see you.

This is what your attendees will see when they click on the link

Step 3 — Your attendees join the call


2. Video and voice calls with contacts

Type in the search bar to find contacts or friends

Step 1 — Find people

In Skype, search for your meeting attendees.

Step 2— Connect with people

If they accept, you’ll become Skype contacts and you’re ready to make a call!

Step 3— Make a call

Skype call buttons

Alternatively you can have an online voice call with no video (middle button).

The right icon is to add another attendee to the call (you’ll need to have them as a contact already to do this).


Steps to joining a meeting

If you don’t have Skype installed on your computer

If you’d like to download Skype for future calls, you can follow the instructions in ‘Steps to get set up’ above.

If you have Skype installed on your computer

Step 1— Sign in to Skype

If you don’t have Skype you can follow the instructions in ‘Steps to get set up’ above.

Step 2— Choose the type of call you’d like

  1. Video call (left icon)
  2. Voice call (middle icon)
  3. Hang up (right icon)
These three options appear on your screen when someone calls you on Skype

You can also add more people to a call using the icon underneath.



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