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Video:Overview of Skype iPhone App

with Charlie McKeague

The Skype app for the iPhone can save you big money on your next cell phone bill, especially for international calls. Get an overview of the Skype app for the iPhone in this video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Overview of Skype iPhone App

Hi, I'm Charlie McKeague with About.com, and today we're taking a quick look at the mobile app for Skype's video chat.

Overview of Skype App

The Skype app allows iPhone users to video chat on the go with any other Skype user.

To set up Skype, all you have to do is enter your full name, email, and phone number. Then you create a Skype name and password. From there you can begin communicating with your friends and family via Skype by searching their name, email address, or Skype name and then sending them a contact request.

Skype Features and Functions

The video chat feature is probably the most popular part of Skype. But the app also allows you to make voice calls and send instant messages. Another useful aspect of Skype is the ability to send picture messages.

But, before you begin making video calls to your friends, you must make sure they're online. Simply look for a green checkmark under their name to determine if they're available to talk. And if you don't want to be bothered, you can always change your own availability status from ‘online' to ‘away,” “do not disturb,” or “invisible.”

Call Interface

Now that you've started your Skype video chat, you need to learn your Skype interface. Once you've begun your call, you'll notice a black option bar at the bottom of the screen, with several icons. These icons allow you to control your camera and your sound settings. The bubble with the plus sign allows you to send instant messages while in your video session. And to end the call, just press the red phone icon.

During the call, you can also see how the person you're communicating with sees you, using the small window at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.

Thanks for watching our quick overview of Skype's free app for the iPhone. For more information, check out About.com. 

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