Begin using Skype by installing the program onto a computer, tablet or phone and signing into the program using a Skype, Microsoft or Facebook account. Then, begin sending messages and making video and voice calls to other Skype users. An Internet connection is required to make any Skype call.
Search for other Skype users by clicking on the Add a Contact button in the Skype window and searching for people by name, Skype username or email address. Select the person to call, and click on the green icon with the phone headset to initiate a call. Alternatively, enter text in the chat box, and click the blue button to send an instant message. These services are all available for free, as of 2014.
For an additional charge, users can use Skype to call landlines and cell phones and to send text messages around the world. The fees for this vary by country and subscription plan.
Skype is best used with a headset and microphone, but it also works on devices with a built-in microphone and speakers. Users can select the microphone, speakers and webcam they wish to use by clicking on Options from the Tools menu at top of the Skype window. Skype also allows users to make a test call at no charge to test their audio settings before initiating a real call.