What is Skype?

What is Skype?

Calling, seeing, messaging and sharing with others – wherever they are.

This is all free...

  • Your Skype account and the latest downloads.

  • Video and voice calls to anyone else on Skype.

  • Instant messaging and file sharing.

...and you pay for these

  • Calls to mobiles and landlines worldwide at low rates.

  • Send text messages from just a few pennies.

  • Group video calls with up to 10 people.

And that's just the start – discover other great features and do even more.

What you'll need to get started

A webcam so you can let people see you (optional for bad hair days).

An internet connection.*

A computer or mobile device with a microphone and speakers or a headset attached.

What you'll need to get started

Did you know? It doesn't matter what device your contact is using – you can still talk to them on Skype.

Skype works on many devices

Stay in touch at home, at work or on the go – Skype’s available on your computer, mobile, tablet, TV and even from your home phone.

See all devices

That’s Skype in a nutshell.

Create your account now to get in touch, and stay in touch, with friends, family and colleagues.

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Skype stories

We keep people together, wherever they are. Just in case you missed them, we've pulled all our stories together and put them in one place.

System requirements

* We recommend a broadband connection. This will improve the quality of your video and voice calls. On mobile devices we recommend WiFi or your mobile data plan.