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Skype - free IM & video calls

Skype

Talk to friends and family using voice, video, SMS or instant messages.

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Ratings & Reviews

4.3
11.3M+ Ratings
  1. 5
    72%
  2. 4
    10%
  3. 3
    5%
  4. 2
    3%
  5. 1
    10%
  • Skype is amazing Jun 22, 2020

    By Addison and Zed
    Skype is amazing because it lets me text my friend and we can FaceTime each other and she can FaceTime her other phone while she calls me so all three of us can play Minecraft together and we could all see each other but we are make different worlds because sometimes we don’t want other people one of us to go in someone else’s world so we go onto one of a different world that we all go in but Skype is like really good like I love Skype the only reason I gave it four stars is because it won’t let me call my friend we could only FaceTime which I’m OK with but I wish I could call it won’t let me call because every time I hit it it will it will bring me up to something that won’t let me call I don’t know what to call it but it just won’t let me call so that’s why I gave it four stars And Skype is amazing because I got a couple weeks ago or a couple of days ago I don’t remember but it lets me call my friend when ever I want to play Minecraft with her only FaceTime we have to text if you want to but we usually FaceTime and then we play for like two hours maybe three or four we play for like a long long time one time with you and played for like most of the day until I am had to go to bed but that was before I got Skype Skype changed me Skype now I don’t have to use anyone’s phone to call EV which is perfect
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  • Skype on my iPad Mini 2 with blazing fast WiFi May 22, 2020

    By Gloria Merle
    A few hours ago I downloaded Skype on an iPad Mini 2 that I inherited 10 days ago from my brother. I’ve been using Skype on my Windows 7 PC. I did a Skype video chat with my brother on the iPad Mini, and it was perfect. We are over 1,000 miles apart and it was like being in the same room ... even though I walked out on my deck & back in, & he put his smartphone in his pocket while he went out to his car and then drove 15 minutes to get home. On his way indoors his phone went into his briefcase. The Skype connection was seamless & the quality was excellent. I should mention that my original plan had been to connect the iPad Mini to WiFi by setting up a hotspot on my Windows 7 PC & sharing. The iPad couldn’t find the network, and my cable company said I needed a router, so I got a new NETGEAR AC1900 (model C7000v2) dual band WiFi router modem combo at Walmart 4 days ago. It has a 5GHz processor delivering speeds of up to 1.9 Gbps. It also has 24x8 channel bonding (24 download & 8 upload channels for extreme speed & consistent connectivity). With this equipment, Skype is a dream. Of course, I’ve only used Skype for half an hour on the iPad Mini, & I haven’t added contacts yet (I’m old school & probably won’t), so if I start having problems, I’ll come back & edit my opinion. :)
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  • Sep 22, 2020

    By Henry Meisters
    This app is like a lottery some days. It is up to the mood of the app. Some days are great, while other days are a catastrophe. Needs to be more reliable. If there are once any distortions, the network will not become stable again. Meeting needs to be ended and restarted.
    more
  • Skype is Improving ... Still a Work in Progress Oct 29, 2018

    By Ekgpress
    Overall — I am very pleased with Skype. I’ve used it now on a regular basis (making 5-10 international calls) for the past few years. There are constant updates — so what I write might change (for better or worse .... ) at any time after this Review (which I’m writing on October 29, 2018) — depending on whether an Update improves or complicates matters. Usually updates improve — but not always. Most of the time, the technical aspects of my connection are pretty good — but sometimes they are so poor, that I have to leave Skype and go to another application. I WISH there was a way for me to identify WHERE the problem is at such times (ie, with my connection; with the connection of the person I am speaking to — or with Skype). But overall, connections are BETTER than they were a few years ago. Overall, the system of organizing contacts is fairly efficient — but sometimes a bit challenging on non-computer devices to identify and classify contacts into an easy-to-find grouping. THANKS for continuing to work to improve this app! — :)
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  • Such great Quality Apr 1, 2020

    By cute 123🦄
    I have to say that Skype is one of the best app to call and to text. It is so nice to be texting and call people on the same app. It’s so annoying to always needing to go to one app to another. I also like the emojis and moving pictures you can send to your friends and family. The only thing I think Skype needs to work on is to make sure when you flip the camera around whole screen doesn’t go black and doesn’t show anything because then you’ll have to restart the call and see if it works again it can be really annoying. But that really isn’t a big deal just change it please🙏. This app rarely malfunctions dad which is a great thing. I totally recommend this app for people who want to make it easy to call people around the world. The one thing I think they could add to this app is that you could me have fun patterns on your face and do activities during your call. Overall I have to say this is the best app effort to call or Skype and text especially for your kids.
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  • Sep 22, 2020

    By Neil Judge
    Terrible recovery and new device detection. I tried to log into my Skype to check if it would work for my appointment. Long story short I am now locked out as Microsoft verifies my identity over the next 24 hours. Couldn't even email the address I was using to recover my account. Will not recommend. Really dropped the ball on COVID MS... had a real opportunity here. Now G meetings and Zoom have all of your markets have from me.
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  • Was perfect became absolutely nightmare Apr 19, 2020

    By Willynl
    Skype became to difficult to use. Also without users permission all of my contacts showed up in Skype without the possibility of removing them again! I had Skype contacts since those were the people i used to call, with all my other contacts being there, it became completely impossible to even find your original Skype contacts. They also took the Skype app from the Samsung TV, which I used most. But most important is the absolute complete user unfriendly interface of the app. I have 2 university degrees and i am on average not stupid using computers, far from I would say. I speak 5 language, but up till the day of today I can’t figure out how the Skype app works. I used to skype with my mam, she’s older and not so handy with computers or phones, but I can’t explain her anymore how it works since there is absolutely not one action logically anymore in the whole app. So forced to quite skype, just because it literally became unusable. This is how I and everybody I know stopped using Skype. Wish it came back though in the old, easy to use format.... But that is wishfully thinking. Non of the developers ever seems to think about the user, who is the most important. I don’t think any of the developpers ever use an app themselves otherwise this wouldn’t have happened.
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  • Sep 23, 2020

    By Arthur Poghosyan
    I can't quote on an only image message. Sometimes i need to reply to those kind of messages. Overall the all is awfully buggy I cannot download a video thats been posted in the group! It says Video saved but nothing is downloaded at all
    more
  • Sep 16, 2020

    By Tom M
    Since Microsoft got hold of Skype it's just got more unreliable and M'soft do nothing to improve it. M'soft's attitude is - do nothing and "sod the users". This is proven when no response from Microsoft SKYPE app team is ever given to a reviewer explaining the many problems experienced. So many reviewers have pointed out Skype 'Upgrade's' are a lottery to see what else they have fuxxed up. I recommend everyone move to WhatsApp and WeChat both of which are LIGHT YEARS AHEAD of Skype.
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  • Sep 16, 2020

    By Silvia Manandhar
    It was working good till yesterday but I have some difficulties opening it today. I had 2 accounts for my classes but it shows something like: you have been loged out for your security. I just now made 2 new accounts and j have to again be added in all groups and it is like a mess now.
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  1. Don't just text your friends - show them what you're feeling through fun emoticons and unique Mojis you won't find anywhere else
  2. Video Call with friends, family, coworkers and more - no matter where they are in the world
  3. Highlights feature lets you share key events from your day that people can see and respond to for up to seven days

Reviewed by Katelyn on April 4, 2018

  • Skype on my iPad Mini 2 with blazing fast WiFi May 22, 2020

    By Gloria Merle
    A few hours ago I downloaded Skype on an iPad Mini 2 that I inherited 10 days ago from my brother. I’ve been using Skype on my Windows 7 PC. I did a Skype video chat with my brother on the iPad Mini, and it was perfect. We are over 1,000 miles apart and it was like being in the same room ... even though I walked out on my deck & back in, & he put his smartphone in his pocket while he went out to his car and then drove 15 minutes to get home. On his way indoors his phone went into his briefcase. The Skype connection was seamless & the quality was excellent. I should mention that my original plan had been to connect the iPad Mini to WiFi by setting up a hotspot on my Windows 7 PC & sharing. The iPad couldn’t find the network, and my cable company said I needed a router, so I got a new NETGEAR AC1900 (model C7000v2) dual band WiFi router modem combo at Walmart 4 days ago. It has a 5GHz processor delivering speeds of up to 1.9 Gbps. It also has 24x8 channel bonding (24 download & 8 upload channels for extreme speed & consistent connectivity). With this equipment, Skype is a dream. Of course, I’ve only used Skype for half an hour on the iPad Mini, & I haven’t added contacts yet (I’m old school & probably won’t), so if I start having problems, I’ll come back & edit my opinion. :)
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  • Sep 22, 2020

    By Mark Edwards
    Been using Skype for years. Use both the free call service I also keep a revolving balance on my account so I can access dial up numbers. Its cheaper than using a normal land line and also works wherever there is an Internet connection, so even if the person your callibg doesn't have Skype you can dial them in a conventional manner and make a call. Very useful when travelling, being able to keep in touch with everybody.
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  • Skype works! Check your wifi router if Skype is disappointing you Mar 29, 2019

    By The Celestial Dragon
    As of March 28, 2019: Skype is running smoothly. I have no complaints. It’s there when I need it. It works when I need it to work. Sound quality is fine. Any weirdness in sound quality I attribute to the other person in the Skype group using speakerphone and not monitoring the surroundings. Some people you might really wish were using a headset but that’s not Skype’s fault. Keep up the good work, Skype! Thank you for being there when I need you to be there. ————-The following was written in 2018————— So I’d gone a number of meetings on Skype with one Wifi router and I had ZERO problems. I then “upgraded” my cable modem and tried their wifi solution and it was a MUCH weaker signal. When I re-did my network to include my previous wifi router — everything worked! Any problems I thought had been introduced by Skype had ACTUALLY been introduced by me switching modems and not using my old wifi router. I’ve reconnected the wifi router that worked so well and I’m still using my new modem and all is working well! Sound quality is fine. The program works well. All systems are go! I take back all the crappy things I said about you, Skype! ;-)
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  • Sep 16, 2020

    By Kishan Meher
    Very cool app, it is very useful for students in the time of lock down it's facilities are great, not only host the participants are also allowed To do things like muting anyone it's share screen facility is amazing and is use full for families conference also
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  • Skype keeps getting better! Apr 22, 2020

    By Volcan, PA
    I have been using Skype for years. First to talk with my wife when we are in different countries. Then to talk individually with clients. More recently in groups, for various purposes, depending on the group. What delights me so much and is a constant source of amazement is how the connections keep getting stronger and better. I am in Panama now, where Internet is not as fast and good as is a lot of broadband in the United States. And yet I have good talks with no problems - including with friends in China! And even when my other Internet reception is not very good. It seems to me like Skype pushes the signals so well and so strongly that even when reading print news is slow, I can still talk with and see friends on the other side of the world. I do not know how Skype can do this, but I am mighty glad that they do. And newcomers to Internet communication may be new, and lots of people like that. But Skype just keeps on working and working well. And keeps on improving. That excites me much more than new offerings of software that do not do as well and have other problems. The way Skype keeps improving, those newcomers may never be able to catch up. -David Burnet
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  • Skype is amazing Jun 22, 2020

    By Addison and Zed
    Skype is amazing because it lets me text my friend and we can FaceTime each other and she can FaceTime her other phone while she calls me so all three of us can play Minecraft together and we could all see each other but we are make different worlds because sometimes we don’t want other people one of us to go in someone else’s world so we go onto one of a different world that we all go in but Skype is like really good like I love Skype the only reason I gave it four stars is because it won’t let me call my friend we could only FaceTime which I’m OK with but I wish I could call it won’t let me call because every time I hit it it will it will bring me up to something that won’t let me call I don’t know what to call it but it just won’t let me call so that’s why I gave it four stars And Skype is amazing because I got a couple weeks ago or a couple of days ago I don’t remember but it lets me call my friend when ever I want to play Minecraft with her only FaceTime we have to text if you want to but we usually FaceTime and then we play for like two hours maybe three or four we play for like a long long time one time with you and played for like most of the day until I am had to go to bed but that was before I got Skype Skype changed me Skype now I don’t have to use anyone’s phone to call EV which is perfect
    more
  • Skype is Improving ... Still a Work in Progress Oct 29, 2018

    By Ekgpress
    Overall — I am very pleased with Skype. I’ve used it now on a regular basis (making 5-10 international calls) for the past few years. There are constant updates — so what I write might change (for better or worse .... ) at any time after this Review (which I’m writing on October 29, 2018) — depending on whether an Update improves or complicates matters. Usually updates improve — but not always. Most of the time, the technical aspects of my connection are pretty good — but sometimes they are so poor, that I have to leave Skype and go to another application. I WISH there was a way for me to identify WHERE the problem is at such times (ie, with my connection; with the connection of the person I am speaking to — or with Skype). But overall, connections are BETTER than they were a few years ago. Overall, the system of organizing contacts is fairly efficient — but sometimes a bit challenging on non-computer devices to identify and classify contacts into an easy-to-find grouping. THANKS for continuing to work to improve this app! — :)
    more
  • Such great Quality Apr 1, 2020

    By cute 123🦄
    I have to say that Skype is one of the best app to call and to text. It is so nice to be texting and call people on the same app. It’s so annoying to always needing to go to one app to another. I also like the emojis and moving pictures you can send to your friends and family. The only thing I think Skype needs to work on is to make sure when you flip the camera around whole screen doesn’t go black and doesn’t show anything because then you’ll have to restart the call and see if it works again it can be really annoying. But that really isn’t a big deal just change it please🙏. This app rarely malfunctions dad which is a great thing. I totally recommend this app for people who want to make it easy to call people around the world. The one thing I think they could add to this app is that you could me have fun patterns on your face and do activities during your call. Overall I have to say this is the best app effort to call or Skype and text especially for your kids.
    more
  • Sep 22, 2020

    By andreas bittner
    Update as of.Sept. 22, 2020: a skype update for android now fixed my constant crash in a certain chat. - old: crashes in a single chat as of a message the other party sent me. always crashes in that faulty buggy thread/content. :((((
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  • OK for Casual Users Nov 8, 2018

    By HelloOthello
    Got my account many years ago back when everything was on desktop PC and people on both ends of the call had to be pretty high tech wizards just to make (and keep) consistent connection. Over the years, I would use FaceTime or Webex or various other means to do most video calls, so Skype sat idle most of the time. A few months back, I ended up sending my phone through the washing machine, so as a temporary workaround I loaded Skype on my iPad so I could at least make outgoing calls without my cell phone. To my surprise, it actually is fairly capable in that mode. TBH, I would welcome a simplified interface like an old school flip phone for times when you just want a quick voice call and not a multiparty videoconferencing extravaganza. Anyway, for my particular needs (making my iPad into a big heavy sorta iPhone every now and then), it does that fine.
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  • Sep 22, 2020

    By Henry Meisters
    This app is like a lottery some days. It is up to the mood of the app. Some days are great, while other days are a catastrophe. Needs to be more reliable. If there are once any distortions, the network will not become stable again. Meeting needs to be ended and restarted.
    more
  • Notifications are disappearing?? Jul 1, 2019

    By Petite Miss21💋
    I’m not sure what it is. The notifications will come in on my home screen,but when I go into Skype itself,I don’t see any of the messages or missed call etc. showing up in the chat history. Sometimes I’ll even call someone and the call just won’t go through. The person on the other also says they’ve been trying to call,but no call ever came in on my end either. This has happened several times with multiple persons. Because of that,I’ve missed calls and messages that simply don’t even appear in my chat history. Not to mention,I’m on iOS but my friends devices are android,so it seems less of a platform issue and more like Skype just needs to fix something in the app right across the board. Other than that,the call quality is actually ok. Gets muffled whenever it claims the connection is poor,but I don’t complain about that. Completely missing/disappearing calls and messages is not one I can overlook though.
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  • Sep 22, 2020

    By Khayam Inamdar
    It's a nice app but there's problems with this app, I started recording and came to another tab the recording stopped and was in the group chat please fix it, and please make the messages pop up.
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  • Sep 23, 2020

    By Errol Feldman
    It constantly cuts out. Sound quality is sometimes like talking underwater. There is another much better now on the market I think that SKYPE is fooling around with the product too much.
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  • Needs more intelligent user interface Jul 28, 2018

    By Vickotr
    As a programmer I can see a lot of accomplishments the team of Skype developers have managed to make in this release. It looks modern, no doubt about that. But the main rule of every social networking app is maintaining convenient and intuitive user interface. And for that this app deserves no more than 3stars. Comparing to the pre-upgrade UI the current one is a step backwards. If I’d be on AD team then I would make sure there is some way to get back to the previous layout. At least I would make it easy to find and display the menu with all customization and tuning options available. Does MS care of Skype customers?
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  • Sep 16, 2020

    By Silvia Manandhar
    It was working good till yesterday but I have some difficulties opening it today. I had 2 accounts for my classes but it shows something like: you have been loged out for your security. I just now made 2 new accounts and j have to again be added in all groups and it is like a mess now.
    more
  • Never Had Problems Prior to the Update Jul 27, 2018

    By Hop!€
    This new update is terrible. I used to Skype on my phone until they updated the iPhone version to this confusing layout. Now I have no choice but to use another group calling app. First off, I’d like to say I’m giving this 2 stars solely because I never had major problems before the update. As soon as I opened the new updated Skype app on my iPad, all of my contacts were gone other than the favorited ones so I clicked “sync contacts” and it put all of my contacts from my iPad on my Skype. Also, all of my recent messages were gone. The last one was from March (yes I have used Skype plenty of times since). I don’t know how to work this new app layout, I don’t know how to access the chat (it’s not as easy as it was where you could swipe once and it’d be there), and I don’t know how to get my messages back. The least you could do is explain why you did this to us, how to use it, and give an option to go back to the old version!
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  • Sep 11, 2020

    By Brigitte HF
    Skype used to be a good app. I used it for years and hardly had any problems. Lately it seems to be riddled with problems. Doesn't ring for incoming calls, and I have resorted to ask my contacts to send me a message which then prompts a notification. I can then call them back. The latest issue is inability to delete/remove contents of chats. All these glitches are very frustrating. I used to think that this was one of the best app to keep in touch with family. Very disheartening.
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  • Good quality, dumb video format May 29, 2019

    By Jagodude
    While the audio and video quality are quite good, Skype continues to get silly with the video format. Since the latest update I can no longer zoom out the caller’s video. Previous this was possible, though it would randomly zoom the video back in. Microsoft most likely did this to remove the black bars in landscape mode, but let the user make that decision for themselves. The preview window continues to be reversed, yet another option a user could have. This has been suggested in the Skype forum for years by many people and continues to be ignored to this day. If you want to see the full video from your caller when they’re in landscape mode, you have to be in portrait mode. Slowly but surely, Skype is getting worse at video options.
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  • Anyone remember when Skype was easy to use and centered around talking? Apr 17, 2019

    By Jyunte
    ... Seems so long ago. Now, you can't just display contacts who are on line; The main screen is "chats", not recent calls; and the main reason for this latest update is to allow you to set your "mood"! Really, Microsoft? You're listening to your customers, and what you're hearing is, "We want to be able to set our mood"? How about listening to all the people who just want to be able to easily make good quality calls to individuals or groups of people? Make it simple again. Get rid of the fluff. Quality over useless substance. Skype is bloatware with "features" no one needs or wants.
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  • Sep 22, 2020

    By Neil Judge
    Terrible recovery and new device detection. I tried to log into my Skype to check if it would work for my appointment. Long story short I am now locked out as Microsoft verifies my identity over the next 24 hours. Couldn't even email the address I was using to recover my account. Will not recommend. Really dropped the ball on COVID MS... had a real opportunity here. Now G meetings and Zoom have all of your markets have from me.
    more
  • Was perfect became absolutely nightmare Apr 19, 2020

    By Willynl
    Skype became to difficult to use. Also without users permission all of my contacts showed up in Skype without the possibility of removing them again! I had Skype contacts since those were the people i used to call, with all my other contacts being there, it became completely impossible to even find your original Skype contacts. They also took the Skype app from the Samsung TV, which I used most. But most important is the absolute complete user unfriendly interface of the app. I have 2 university degrees and i am on average not stupid using computers, far from I would say. I speak 5 language, but up till the day of today I can’t figure out how the Skype app works. I used to skype with my mam, she’s older and not so handy with computers or phones, but I can’t explain her anymore how it works since there is absolutely not one action logically anymore in the whole app. So forced to quite skype, just because it literally became unusable. This is how I and everybody I know stopped using Skype. Wish it came back though in the old, easy to use format.... But that is wishfully thinking. Non of the developers ever seems to think about the user, who is the most important. I don’t think any of the developpers ever use an app themselves otherwise this wouldn’t have happened.
    more
  • Sep 23, 2020

    By Arthur Poghosyan
    I can't quote on an only image message. Sometimes i need to reply to those kind of messages. Overall the all is awfully buggy I cannot download a video thats been posted in the group! It says Video saved but nothing is downloaded at all
    more
  • Sep 16, 2020

    By Tom M
    Since Microsoft got hold of Skype it's just got more unreliable and M'soft do nothing to improve it. M'soft's attitude is - do nothing and "sod the users". This is proven when no response from Microsoft SKYPE app team is ever given to a reviewer explaining the many problems experienced. So many reviewers have pointed out Skype 'Upgrade's' are a lottery to see what else they have fuxxed up. I recommend everyone move to WhatsApp and WeChat both of which are LIGHT YEARS AHEAD of Skype.
    more
  • Sep 15, 2020

    By Saurabh Bikram Adhikari
    First thing first It was once best video calling app before MS acquired but it is trash video quality is worst even in good network or wifi ...before it used to be best even in average network but now video calls are blurry and unrecognizable...u guys have ruined it totally...pathetic work from ms teams.....bring that skype which was before 3 4 yrs back
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