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Video:How to Use Skype

with Zack Heene

Using Skype you can make free video phone calls or cheap phone calls. See how to get started using Skype and video conferencing with friends and family today!See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Use Skype

I am Zack Heene for About.com, I am going to show you an easily accessible way to stay in touch with your close family and friends by using a teleconferencing program called Skype.

Equipment for Using Skype

The items you will need are: a computer that is on-line (the faster the internet connection the better), a web camera and microphone, either built into the computer or an external plug-in one, preferably a headset with a microphone.

Download Skype

First if you don’t have the program Skype loaded on your computer, let’s get it on Skype.com. Click the download icon then on the left side click, download now. Now click “run” then install, then finish. If a Skype window doesn’t open up then double click on the icon.

Create a Skype Account

To start a new account you can click on getting started, or click on “don’t have a Skype name,” this will open a window to create an account. Enter your name, email, a password, and create a Skype user name. Then click “I agree, create account.” Enter in the information asked. You can test your system or click "get started."

Add Contacts

You can search for your family and friends who use Skype too. Just type their full name in the search bar here. Then click on the one that is in the correct city, click add contact and type a short message to tell the person to add you as a contact if they are not at their computer to answer your call.

How to Make a Free Video Call

Click the green video call button, and this is what it looks like making a video call. Here is someone calling me. Just answer with the video button. If you can’t hear the person that you are video conferencing with, check your speaker volume and if they can’t hear you make sure your microphone is plugged into your computer and activated correctly. This is how you make free video calls.

How to Make a Regular Phone Call

But if you want to make regular phone calls from Skype, it will cost you and you need to use your credit card, the free video calling is really cool being able to see the person you are talking too. When you are done, click on “Skype” on the upper left corner and select sign out.

If you have more family and friends you want to keep in touch with on Skype, forward this instructional video to them. Thanks for watching. And always, to learn more visit us on the Web at About.com.
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