What is Skype?
Skype is an audio and video calling app that allows you to video chat, instant message and make voice calls with other people, anywhere in the world, in real time. Skype can be used to make private or group video and audio calls, stream live video, add live subtitles, translate conversations, record calls, share screens, send text messages and share content like photos, links and files. Skype is owned by Microsoft.
Skype uses standard end-to-end encryption for privacy and can be integrated with other Microsoft applications. In workplaces, it can be used for hosting remote meetings, delivering online presentations, teleconferencing and text message chat over internal networks.
Skype is available on desktop and mobile application, web browser and Xbox One. Basic accounts are free, with subscription options offered for Skype-to-phone calling however this feature does not replace the need for a telephone and cannot be used to make emergency calls.
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iPhone, Windows 10 Mobile, iPad, Android tablets, Xbox One.
How do people use Skype?
Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with how people use online audio and video calling and messaging apps like Skype.
How do I report inappropriate content, security concerns or block a user?
- Report abuse
Learn about how to block and report users on Skype for mobile and Skype for desktop/web.
- Report an issue
Learn how to report Skype security concerns to Microsoft or what to do if your Skype account is being compromised.
How can you protect your personal information?
- Privacy Statement
Read Microsoft’s statement about how they handle your personal information.
- Online safety, security and privacy
Learn how to keep your Skype account as safe and secure as possible.
- Privacy Settings
Control and adjust your privacy settings and choose what profile information other people can see.
Key safety links
- Help centre
Offers a range of general help, safety and security information.
- Avoiding scams
Learn about social engineering, how to avoid scams and what to do if you’ve been scammed on Skype.
Outlines the rules you agree to by using Skype.
- Recovering a hacked account
Steps to follow if you think your Microsoft account has been hacked.