Skype is software that enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other people on Skype. You can use Skype on whatever works best for you - on your mobile, computer or a TV with Skype on it.
Skype is free to download and easy to use.
If you pay a little, you can do more – like call phones, access WiFi, send SMS and make group video calls. You can pay as you go or buy a subscription, whatever works for you. And in the world of business, this means you can bring your entire ecosystem of workers, partners and customers together to get things done.
Try Skype today and start adding your friends, family and colleagues. They won’t be hard to find; hundreds of millions of people are already using Skype to do all sorts of things together.
To get up and running with Skype, you'll need a few basic things, like an internet connection (broadband is best); speakers and a microphone (mobile phones and most computers have these built in); a camera to make video calls (again, mobile phones and most computers have these); and of course, the Skype application on the device of your choice.
The system requirements for running Skype on different operating systems are described below. Please make sure that your system meets these requirements, that your operating system is up to date, and that you have the most recent hardware drivers from the manufacturer installed before downloading the latest version of Skype.
Skype for Computers
Skype for Windows desktop
Version Windows XP SP3 (32-bit version only)♦
Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit versions supported)*
Processor At least 1 GHz RAM At least 512 MB Additional software DirectX v9.0 or above
♦ If you're using Windows XP SP3, make sure you're using Internet Explorer 8 or above.
Skype for Mac
Version Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher* Processor At least 1 GHz Intel processor (Core 2 Duo) RAM At least 1 GB Additional software The latest version of QuickTime*To run the latest versions of Skype for Mac (Skype 7.0 or above), you need to run Mac OS X 10.9 or higher.
Skype for Linux
Version Ubuntu 10.04+
Processor At least 1 GHz RAM At least 256 MB Additional software Qt 4.6
Pulse Audio 1.0 (required; Pulse Audio 4.0 is recommended for the best experience)
BlueZ 4.0 (recommended)
Skype for mobiles
Skype for Android
Version Android OS 2.3 and above* Hardware Varies with manufacturer♦ Free Space At least 27 MB
♦ You will also need to know what type of processor your device has. If you're not sure, check the device's user manual, or contact its manufacturer. For the following
• ARMv7 processors (or processors capable of running its instruction set): Skype is fully supported.
• ARMv6 processors: Skype can run on these devices but video calling is not supported. Examples of ARMv6 processor devices: Samsung Galaxy Ace, HTC Wildfire.
Skype for iOS
Version iOS5 or above* Hardware iPhone 4
iPhone 6 Plus
* To run the latest version of Skype for iOS (Skype 6), you'll need iOS7 or above. If you run iOS 5 or iOS 6, you can run Skype for iOS 4.17.3 (on iPhone) or Skype 4.18 (on iPad).