How to Use Skype for iPad and iPhone

How to Use Skype for iPad and iPhone

Learning how to set up and use Skype for iPad and iPhone to make free voice and video calls worldwide is quite simple. The steps below more or less work the same for the iPad and the iPhone as they both run the same operating system. But, there are some minor differences in the hardware.

What You Need to Run Skype on Your iPad and iPhone

You can use the integrated microphone and speaker of your device or pair a Bluetooth headset to it. You'll also want to ensure good internet connectivity through your iPad’s or iPhone’s Wi-Fi connection or 3G data plan.

Get a Skype Account

If you don’t already have a Skype account, register for one. Setting up an account is free, and if you have been using a Skype account on other machines and other platforms, it will work perfectly on your iPad and iPhone. A Skype account is independent of where you use it, which means if you already have a Skype account, you don't need to create a second one specifically for your iOS device.

Download Skype on Apple's App Store

Whether you're using an iPhone or an iPad, you'll want to download and install the app to get started using Skype on that device. It's a simple process.

  1. Open the App Store on your device.
  2. Search for "Skype" on the screen that appears.
  3. Skype should appear near the top of the list of apps that are returned. Tap Get and wait for the app to download and install.

Using Skype for the First Time

Regardless of which device you use, the first time you use Skype, you'll need to enter your username and password. While you're there, you can also check the box to Log-in Automatically so Skype will remember your credentials each time you log in to start a chat or a call. The first time you log into Skype from your iOS device, you may also need to walk through a tutorial about how to use the application and grant permissions to access Contacts and other functions of your device. It's fast and easy (and safe!). Just read each section and then tap Continue or OK as required by each screen.

Making a Call With Skype

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