How to use Skype and all its functions correctly | Digital Trends Spanish

This year of telecommuting, you probably learned to use platforms like Zoom (and if you haven’t learned yet, we’ll show you here). However, before that onomatopoeia became synonymous with video conferencing, many people used Skype, which is still an excellent tool for talking face-to-face with another person, chatting, or just making a traditional phone call. Plus, it’s free! In this guide we explain how to use Skype, from downloading to running and taking advantage of all the features of this application.

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creat your account

The first step to using Skype is to download it and set up your account on this platform.

Step 1: open your browser of choice and go to skype home page. Click the big blue button “Get Skype”And the corresponding page of the microsoft store. Or you can also open the Microsoft store by clicking on the taskbar icon or searching for “Microsoft Store”In the search box. When you’re there, look for “Skype”And click the page of the corresponding application.

Step 2: click the blue button “Obtain”To download and install Skype for Windows 10. The Microsoft Store may ask you if you want to use it on multiple devices, and if so, you will need to sign in with your Microsoft account. If you prefer to have an exclusive Skype account, simply choose the option “no thanks“.


Step 3: now Skype should be installed on your system. To start it, use the search box on the Windows taskbar and search for “Skype“. When it appears in the search box, click the appropriate icon.

Step 4: If you already have a Skype account, you can log in with your Skype name, email or phone number and jump to the next section. To create a new account, click on the text “Create a new account“.

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Step 5: you can sign up for a Skype account with an email address or phone number. Once you’ve done so, enter the relevant information and click on “Following“.


Step 6: The following screens will ask you to enter personal information such as age, name, and location. Enter all of that and continue clicking. When prompted for a verification code, verify your corresponding email or phone number and enter the code.

Step 7: If you are asked for a CAPTCHA code, enter that and click on “Create Account“. Now you have a Skype account that works. It’s that simple!

Find friends and family

Although before you needed the detailed data of your friends to add them to your Skype contacts, today it is much easier. Do you want to learn how to do it?

Step 1: When you first log into your account, Skype will ask you if you want to import your existing contacts into your Microsoft account so you don’t have to add them manually.

Step 2: If you want to find someone else who is not on your list, select the box “Search Skype”In the upper left corner and look for your real name, Skype name or email address.


Step 3: If your friend has a fairly common name and you are worried that it might be difficult to find him, we have the solution for you. You can use profile images to find the person or you can also click on them to display their name and personal information at the top of the window.

After this, you can start chatting. It is important that you know that anyone you talk to will be automatically added to your contact list.

Text chats

Step 1: select the person you want to talk to, either from the recent conversations list on the left or from your contact list at the top of the window. This will open a conversation on the right side of the application window.

Step 2: Click at the bottom of the conversation panel where it says “Write a message“. There you can write what you want and then press enter, or click the submit arrow on the right side.

Step 3: wait for your answer, read it and answer.

Voice calls

Step 1: Make sure you have a compatible microphone and a headphone / speaker setup. Connect them and verify that Skype has recognized them by clicking on the three-dot menu at the top of the window, and then on “Setting“. Best of all, you can leave your “Speakers” and “Microphone” as “Default device“.


If you want to verify that your hardware works correctly, use the link “Test audio”Which is on the menu Setting or you can also call the services “Echo”From Skype following the same steps.


Step 2: Select the contact or person you want to talk to in the same way as text chats.

Step 3: Click on the blue phone icon in the upper right corner. If that person is online and their Skype is open, you can contact them directly, and once they answer you, you can listen to them.


If someone calls you in the same way, just click the corresponding button to answer the call. But, if you don’t want to talk to them, click the red button.

Video calls

To add an extra dimension to your conversations, why not use Skype’s video calling feature? All you need is a webcam and a good disposition to show your face.

Step 1: Make sure your camera works properly with Skype, as well as your speakers and microphone. Click the three-dot menu icon and select Setting. Click on “Default device”Under the video header at the top of the page and select your webcam from the drop-down menu.

If you want to check that all the elements work correctly, activate the button “Test video”In the setup menu. If it works properly, a live video of you will appear within the menu.


Step 2: When you’re ready, select the contact you want to call and click the blue camera icon in the upper right corner. You can also start a voice call and then click the same camera button in the call window.

When you are enjoying the video call, you can see a thumbnail version in the lower right corner of how your friend is seeing you. In addition, it is important that you know that, if you want to see your friend displayed on the entire main screen of your screen, first, they have to activate their camera option.


Step 3: But if for any reason you want to text chat during the call, click the text chat button in the upper right corner of the video call window. That will shrink the main video section of the window and give you the usual text chat options.


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