How to: Make a Skype Call
Now that you have your contacts, the next thing you’ll probably want to do is call one of them.
To do that just follow these instructions:
- Start Skype
- Select the person you want to call from the Contacts or Favorites area of the Home Screen. The contact needs to be available (if they are, a green icon will be displayed next to their name) for you to call them. If they’re not available, your call will fail but you could send an IM or video message.
- In the screen that appears, you have to make a choice, you can either select the Video Call or Voice Call button in the lower left of the screen (we’ll touch on the Send/Add button in a bit)
- As you might expect, the Video Call option will try to transmit/receive video and sound during your call and the Voice Call option will only send sound. If you’re on a low-bandwidth internet connection or haven’t showered yet that day, this is a good option.
- The screen will change color and some call option icons appear near the bottom of the screen and you’ll hear ringing until the other person answers or the call fails. The illustration below outlines what the call option icons do
Now that you have the basics and can call someone from Skype, let’s move onto some of the other things you can do that you might not know about.