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- 10 Useful Skype Tips and Hacks You May Not Know Skype app is the cheapest Voice Over IP service available with many hidden treasures: from the ability to rename your contacts to a landline phone alternative. We made a top 10 Skype app tips that will diverse your Skype experience. Most of this hacks work on Skype version from official site, not the one from Microsoft store.
Rename your contacts
Sometimes your friend or colleague chooses the user name that just doesn’t fit to your Skype contact list. It’s too long, too pretentious or too boring for your taste. Not a problem anymore! To rename a contact on your PC, right-click on the name and choose ‘Rename’ from the pop-up menu. On MacOS, iPhone, iPad and Android enter the conversation window with a contact and click the pencil icon on the right.
Get the full emoticon collection
Skype usually gives you the access to its limited emoticon collection of current importance (holidays, new movies and games, etc.) Everything else is kept in a closet, but there’s an easy way to get there. Every Skype emoticon has its unique code, usually it’s a smile or a short descriptor word in brackets, like :$ or (pizza). You need to type the code in a Skype conversation and press enter. You can try and guess or find a full emoticon list made by other users on the Internet. Here’s one of them:
Correct your messages online
Skype gives its users the ability to correct already sent messages. If you have accidentally sent a message to the wrong chat or made a mis-type, right-click the message that appeared in the chat window and choose ‘Edit’ or ‘Delete’ from the ‘More options’ button. If you need to edit or delete your message on iOS and Android, choose it in the chat, tap and hold until the pop-up menu appears. Choose the option you need.
Introduce your Skype contacts to one another
It’s not technically a hack, more like a tip from the longtime Skype users. If you want to introduce two of your contacts to each other, find their names on your list and send invitations to the group chat. Introduce everyone in the chat and then leave the conversation to let them have their first tête-à-tête.
To add a person to a group chat on Windows PC and Mac OS, click the ‘+’ button and choose ‘New Chat’, than select a ‘New Group’ from the list. Select contacts from suggested list or click ‘Search’ and find the contact you need. To add a person to a group chat on Skype mobile app (iOS and Android alike) choose her name in your contact list, click it to enter the dialogue and then click the ‘+’ button at the bottom of the dialogue window. Choose the participants from the list.
Share Your Unlimited Files
Not many Skype users are aware of its unlimited and more or less secure file sharing ability. Skype makes a great alternative to your email or Internet transfer services with the common limit of 25 MB. To share a file through Skype, enter a conversation with a person you want to send it to and choose a plus button. Then select a ‘Share file...’ option in a pop-up menu, find a file needed and click ‘Open’ or ‘Send’. Another way is to simply drag your file to the chat window.
Show your actions in a chat
This is a nice option if you want to diverse you Skype chatting. You can show your actions to
the person or persons you chat with with the help of a /me command. If you want to tell everyone what you’re up to just type it with /me at the beginning of the sentence. For example, ‘/me is waiting for a group chat’. Your chat window will be updated with an emogram you’ve just made.
Use Skype as a security camera
This option is a little bit more on a geek side, but it could be very useful if you want to keep an eye on your kids and pets. You must have a second Skype account and a second device for a quality spying. Set all the incoming calls to be answered automatically with the help of Advanced options and make sure the microphone and camera work well. Now if you call to this address from your spying device, you will automatically see everything in the room. Works on Windows and MacOS.
Replace your Landline Phone with Skype
Your landline phone can be replaced with Skype: it’s much cheaper to make international and cell phone calls and the connection quality is just as good. You have to have a Skype number for it, it’s a regular phone number that people can dial to reach you. The number can belong to any country that has a Skype support. People from that country will pay local rates when talking to you, but in some countries you will have to prove residence for that. You can buy a Skype number on official Skype app page.
Carry a portable Skype with you
This hack is available only for Windows PC users. You can get your portable Skype on a John Haller Portable Apps web page. It’s not an official app, but it’s perfectly alright. You can install it on a flash stick and use with any Windows PC.
Transfer Skype contacts to another account
This feature could be very useful if you have many contacts you don’t want to lose and adding them manually is a drag. In the main menu click ‘Contacts’, then ‘Advanced’ and ‘Backup Contacts to File’. When you enter your new account, go to the same menu and choose ‘Restore Contacts From File’. Skype will find the VCF backup file and load all your contacts.
- Alyssa Greenberg
- 2018-12-04 10:20
- Skype App for Android: Now You Can Also Wink! Skype, with its high-quality video calls and instant messages, is considered a number one application for online communication. With Skype you get the possibilities that other messengers simply cannot give you.
Main Skype Functions
Skype provides excellent audiovisual experience not only for private chats, but also for video conferences with many participants.
Skype synchronizes with your phone and for a small cost you get the opportunity to make calls to a cell phone number of any country.
Skype integrates with Facebook, so that you don’t have to use additional Facebook or Microsoft messengers to chat.
Free Skype app is available for all platforms and popular with Mac, PC and even Smart TV users.
Advanced Level Skype
Besides all that, Skype’s flexibility is striking: no matter how old is your device and how basic its configurations are, the app will use its potential to the fullest. It adapts to any webcam and network speed there is. Its basic functions are simple and easily accessible: even your mum can make video calls with it!
However, more complicated functions are not so easily reachable. Sometimes finding the right menu button for changing a profile picture or screen sharing seems like a puzzle. In 2011 the app became a part of Microsoft family and since then one of the greatest developer teams has been working on its usability.
Skype is equally well optimized for both desktop and mobile usage. It will get the most of your PC webcam and your phone or tablet selfie camera. Originally created for a PC use, it is much more anonymous than such mobile services as WhatsApp and Messenger that require your cell phone number and data. Using Skype today requires only a Microsoft account or it can synchronize with your old Skype account, if you have one.
Skype on Android Devices
Skype mobile app has a little bit less additional features than the desktop one, but it doesn’t take that much sources and is much less sluggish than its computer analogue. All the main functions are in perfect order: you can chat, talk, make video conversations and get voice mail. It’s also seems more natural to use a Skype-to-Phone call function on your smartphone or tablet. Skype app will work fine on Android 4.1 or later versions and can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store. It is recommended to use Skype Lite for older versions of Android. It doesn’t have any advanced features but wouldn’t need much of your device resources to process the information it needs.
Once you found the app on Google Play, click Install button to start the download. When the download is ended, Skype icon will appear on your device home screen. You can either open it from here or straight from the Store. In order to begin using Skype you will have to sign in to your Skype account or create one. You need an email or a phone number to register it. When you sign in to your mobile Skype app for the first time, the pop-up message appears, asking whether it can manage your phone calls. Click ‘Allow’ if you want to make Skype calls on cell phones in the future. After that the app home screen will appear and you’ll have a chance to find out that Skype looks much smarter in its mobile version: on the top of the screen you will see menu and search buttons, below there is a list of your recent contacts, an address book and a Skype-to-Phone calls menu. To make your first call click the search icon and enter the name or email of your friend or relative. When you found the right person, click ‘Add to contacts’. Your new Skype friend will appear in your address book and you will only have to choose his username and click the call button to make a video or an audio call.
Enjoy your Skype experience
Skype version for Android is quite good and free. It lacks some desktop version functions but is quite flexible and enjoyable when it comes to basic usage.
- 2019-01-04 09:55
- How to Use Skype Voice and Video Chats on Your iOS device: A Tutorial Why Choose Skype?
Skype is the default app for family video calls and online business negotiations. The strongest point of it, apart from free high quality video technology, is its availability for all platforms and devices. Skype for iPhone, iPad or any other iOS device is downloadable quickly with no payment required for its basic functions: text and emoticon chats, audio and video Skype calls, voice mail and file sharing.
Skype for iPhone was launched in 2009 and quickly jumped to the top of the app charts thanks to its PC predecessor. Its first version provided free audio and video calls among Skype members, but required Wi-Fi connection and additional payment for Skype Out calls. The latest Skype for iOS version was released in December, 2018 and and added a whole new set of opportunities to the infamous video call (file sharing, muting the participants, turning sound and video off without leaving the conversation). We made this article to help you to get the basics of this classic app.
How to use Skype on iPad?
First of all, you must have a stable Internet connection to download Skype application from the App Store. Don’t forget to check if your device microphone and speaker work, without them you won’t be able to make and receive calls.
Enter App Store, use Search panel to find Skype and install it on your iPad. Once you signed in to your Apple Account, the Install button will change into a moving circle that means download.
If you have a Skype account, sign into a downloaded app that has appeared on your iPad home screen, if you don’t, you can register right there in the app, but you will need a valid email address to do that. To make the app remember your credentials check the box ‘Log In Automatically’.
Now you can make free audio and video calls to other Skype users or inexpensive calls to cell phone users all over the world. To make a call you will need to add a friend to your address book or to dial a number in the softphone menu. You can enter a new contact name manually by tapping ‘Add a New Contact’ button or search for them in a search box. After you found the right contact and added him into your phone book (the button is to the right from the username) you can try and call him.
To make an audio call tap the icon with a telephone receiver next to the name of a person you want to speak to. You can also dial the number on a softphone if you tap the call button in the main menu. Just be sure to put some money on your Skype Out account for making an outside call.
To make a video call, tap the contact name to enter the dialogue window and choose the video icon at the top of it.
How to use Skype on iPhone?
The download and installation process for iPhone and iPad are pretty much alike, you must remember your Apple credentials to download the app from the App Store. If you have an installed Skype app on your iPad and your devices are synchronized, the iPhone installation is not needed.
When Skype is downloaded, the blue icon with the letter ‘S’ appears on your iPhone home screen. Every time you tap on the Skype icon, you will go straight to your contact list and audio and video calls menu.
Skype for iPhone has very little differences from the iPad version: both are free for inside usage, the design is pretty much the same and so are the main functions. iPhone version is made more compact to fit the screen.
To make a video call, find a contact you want to talk to in your address book or in the search box and tap a video camera icon next to his or her name. Make sure your Skype app has the access to your camera and microphone before making a call.
To make an audio call, tap a phone receiver icon instead of the camera. Audio calls are not limited to Skype users. After you tapped a receiver button, you may choose between Skype account and a cell phone number. Outer Skype calls are available for a small additional payment.
How to use Skype on Mac?
Before downloading Skype app for Mac check if your computer meets all the system requirements: working microphone and webcam, Mac OS X/ Mac OS 10.9 or higher, at least 1 GHz Intel processor and 1 GB RAM, the latest version of Quicktime.
Search for Skype for Mac download page in your browser, its latest version is available for free on Microsoft Store. Download the installation file and double-click it, then drag the Skype Icon to the Applications folder to begin the Installation.
After you installed Skype, its icon appears in your Application folder. Click it for launching. You will need to log in to be able to use all the Skype features. Enter your credentials if you’re already logged in on other device or create a new username and password if you’re using Skype for the first time.
To make a free Skype-to-Skype voice call enter the latest calls menu or your address book and click on the phone receiver icon. If there isn’t any contacts in your address book yet, enter the user name or any other data on the person you want to add to your contact list in the search box and click on the ‘Add the User’ button. If you want to make Skype-to-Phone call, you will have to purchase a Skype Credit online.
To make a video call you will need to follow the instruction from the previous clause, but tap the icon with a video camera instead of the one with the receiver.
- Joscelyn Kate
- 2019-02-03 13:45
- How to view old messages on Skype Mobile There are lots of situations when you need to go back to previous conversations in Skype, from discussions during business meetings to the arrangements of date, an old family recipe which you did not bother to copy/paste in a separate file, etc. The most important is that information that used to be there, right in the chat window every time you opened it, has gone. No need to panic.
It is only natural that after some time old messages start to appear in a chat window. It was made on purpose. Now your working space is clean and easy to use. The recent interactions are there. The goal was to not distract you from all your previous conversations. And believe us, you don’t want to see Skype screen overwhelmed with all the messages from chats you have ever had there.
However, there is a possibility that you may need to re-read one of these messages some day. So, the good news is Skype does not delete messages. They are simply not shown but still exist. While you have access to your account where you had all the conversations you need to come back to, you can view them. Of course, if you did not delete chat history. But relax, most of us don’t usually even bother to do this.
How to view old messages on Skype Mobile
The procedure is not painful and rather depends on how good is your memory. Follow these steps:
Sign in into your account on Skype where you had the conversation. Do you remember which account was it? Do you remember your password and login? Skype can help you remember the last one, but unlikely tell you which account was your account back then.
After you entered the right account and Skype is downloaded completely, pick the Contacts in the left-hand section of the screen. It will show you the list of your contacts from Skype.
Go down, reading the list, until you will see the name of the person you were searching for. Tap the name of this person lightly. You don’t want to make a call. You want to open the message window.
Turn your attention to this message window which will appear on the right side of the screen. Above the last messages that you exchanged with this contact, you can see a list of options. And here you see Show messages from: and the list or periods of time.
Try to remember when you had the conversation you are looking for. Click on the most suitable period of time. It does not matter if you choose Since Beginning, One Year or Yesterday.
Now you can reread the conversation to find the piece you wanted. If you don’t want to read everything, that is ok. You can follow the dates above messages.
For the future, the mobile app allows you to hit the star icon in the right upper corner on the contact. It will mark the contact as a favorite and will make it easy to find your conversation history. If you know already that there is a message that you will want to come back to later, use the Recent menu and select the option Mark as Unread.
- 2019-03-11 14:30
- How to organize conference call on Skype app Skype app maybe is not the most popular tool for video calls, but still one of the best. It is a simple and reliable way to organize video calls, which is called group calls on Skype. All the calls are free. All you need to do is find people in Skype and gather them in one group. No matter, if you are taking part in a family meeting or international business conference, you are not paying a penny.
Preparations for the conference call
You don’t need to use extra software to organize group call. The capability to make conference calls is built into Skype. And other people who will take part in the conference do not need to use the same device platform as you. They can use different systems like Android iOS, Windows mobile, Mac or Windows PC.
There is a limit of people who may take part in the call. Group consists of 25 participants maximum. So you and 24 other users are able to have an audio or video call to discuss something important. All of them need to be in your contact list. It is extremely important to make sure that they are added to your contacts before the call.
Skype offers to invite people who don’t have accounts yet or the app is not available for them. These people can make a call via landline or cell phone. However, you will have to pay for this call with the Skype credits, as the one who initiated the call.
Before you begin the conversation inside the group, you need to make sure that you have a fast Internet connection. This is vital, as Skype will not work if your Internet will be slow. Check if you are using the latest version of Skype and that you don’t need updates. Check your audio and video configurations.
How to Conference Call on Skype app
It is easy to arrange a conference call via Skype. At first click the button +New that you see at the interface of the program under your name. You can select option Call and then pick Call in the menu that will drop down. After that, the new conversation begins and you can add more participants from your contacts. The panel with the conversation pops up, revealing the list of your contact, so you don’t have to go anywhere to choose users you need to invite.
You need to remember that conversation is untitled at first. So, you can create the name for it, which will help other participants to find conversation by the title. Name it by clicking or tapping on the name and typing the name you want in the window that appeared.
Another good, but often underestimated option is the invitation of other participants of the conference by email. You will have to send them a link to it. Besides that, Skype gives you a web link that may be sharable. It was made for those participants who will join the conversation through their browsers.
There are settings that allow you to manage the conversation. As people accept group call, they can enter the conference. You can count participants that are already joined by checking the colors of their icons. Those who have already joined the conference are highlighted in green color, as during the random calls in Skype. The person that talks during the conference usually has a halo of light around its name and icon.
After the conversation starts, it does not mean there is no place for other participants. You can invite more people even during the conference. Just click the button Add and the upper right corner of the interface. Some of the participants may leave while others may join. The total number is limited by 25 people. Once the place became available you can reconnect people whose calls have been dropped during the conference.
The conference call in Skype allows you to communicate with a group by audio and video. You may also share different materials with them. Just add files using the + button and pick the file you want to share. If you know that you are going to share some materials through Skype conference, you need to make sure that all the materials are easy to reach and your Internet speed allows you to do that without losing the quality of your video.
If you afraid of complications or the file is too big and slow to download, share the link with others. There is a text window always available, so you can send any text messages there or exchange links. Just open the chat window without stopping the conference. Other members of the group are able to send messages as well.
How to reconnect participant?
If during the group call connection was dropped unexpectedly, don’t worry. You can simply reestablish the connection without having to start the conference call all over again. Follow these steps:
The user who was dropped out will see that the green button has changed the words on it into Join Group. So, by clicking on it, this person will rejoin the call.
If it did not work, click the tab Contacts and go to the Contacts list. Make sure that all participants in the conference are selected.
To add the dropped contact you need to click on his/her name and bring them back to the conference.
Once you have gathered the conference on Skype you are automatically in charge of it. Make sure that you invited everyone you need and their icons are green. Before starting the conference offer other participants to check their Internet connection, and video and audio settings. Once everything is arranged, enjoy the perks of a Skype group call.
- Alyssa Greenberg
- 2019-02-12 05:30
- Skype Review Skype IP Protection and Skype Security Tips: Protect Your Skype Account from Getting Hacked
How do you find different social media platforms? For sure, you will agree that they made
communication better, easier, and faster regardless of your location. However, how sure are you
that your account is safe?
If you have a fondness of using different web-based communication tools, then you may be familiar
with Skype. The online communication app offers international calls, video chat, and texting via an
In this article, you will be able to get familiar with Skype as well as acquire important tips on how to
protect Skype accounts, how to protect Skype from DDOs, and more.
Skype is among the most popular web-based communication app where you can have instant
messaging, video chat, group video conferencing, group chat, and even image and document
sharing. It is currently owned by Microsoft and considered as one of the best inexpensive solutions
offering flexible VoIP services.
Another interesting thing about Skype is that you can operate it using different devices, including
desktop, smartphones, or tablets. Meaning, it becomes easier for you to link up or communicate
with other people around the worlds, especially if you are helping each other to make projects,
business, ideas, and more.
SKYPE FEATURES OVERVIEW
If you are interested in using the Skype app from now on, you can consider reviewing its features.
Group screen sharing
Group video calls
Calls to landlines and mobiles
HOW TO PROTECT SKYPE ACCOUNTS
Using Skype can be overwhelming until you discovered the risk of cyber attacks.
There are times that millions of people from different parts of the work are complaining about
Skype’s video chat issues. Some Skypes users experience connectivity problems while some are
having trouble connecting to the service or unable to send or receive documents and messages.
The Skype issues encountered by some users are speculated that hackers are behind those. Some
group of cybercriminals is attacking popular sites that cause a dilemma to the users. For example,
DDOs attack made it possible to shut down Netflix and Amazon. So, it is not surprising that Skype
might be the next target.
In the meantime, protecting your gadgets and learning how to protect Skype account is necessary.
And, here are important tips you can consider.
Use Unique Passwords
One way of safeguarding your Skype account or even your gadget is by using unique passwords.
Avoid using the same password if you have multiple accounts because there is a higher risk that your
credentials may be stolen.
Before clicking a link, make sure that it is safe and will not store your personal information. If you
think that the notification or email you received is suspicious, then do not click its link. It might be a
phishing attack, so it is recommended to type the address of the website directly into the browser.
Watch for Typos
Did you know that phishing scams are well-known for having typos? If you receive a notification or
email, it should be free from typos.
Consider a Two-Factor Authentication
You can set up a two-factor authentication where you need to undergo two ways for proving that
you are who say you are before you can log in to your Skype account.
Use Strong Security Software
Another way to protect Skype account is by using a powerful security software on your gadgets. That
is to have an effective defense against cybercrime threats.
Check Your Skype Account
You can take advantage of some reputable sites that can help you check whether your email address
has been attacked in the data breach.
HOW TO PROTECT SKYPE FROM DDOs
You will never know when DDOs attack will compromise your Skype account, so as much as possible
see to it that you what to do before everything goes wrong.
One of the reasons why people can easily pull Skype IP is because of the exploit the way app being
programmed. Using this exploit, the Skype IP will be exposed as long as the app continues to send or
receive data with your username while you are connected to the Internet.
Despite having multiple Skype IP and username changes, you can still get affected by DDOs attacks.
One of combatting this kind of cyber attack is by removing Skype or even avoiding connecting it to
the Internet without the intermediate connection. This way, Skype can be patched to fix the exploit
as well as blocking cybercriminals from getting your IP address.
This can of solution effective works on your Windows XP and up. Also, make sure that you will
change your IP after patching the Skype app. This can help you prevent Skype resolvers from
returning to the last known IP if they fail to find the current one.
OTHER WAYS TO HOW TO PROTECT SKYPE IP
Be aware that Skype already added a new default security feature which can help many users across
the world. The app will start hiding the IP addresses of the users by default. So, it is important for
you to update your Skype app.
In the previous version of Skype, the IP address was exposed making it possible for the hackers to
get your IP address and later on, target your computer.
To ensure that your Skype app is not exposing your IP, see to it that you are using the latest version
for your mobile and desktop. Mobiles users can easily download updates from app stores while
desktop users can go to Help > Check for Updates to know if an update is already available.
When it comes to easy and convenient communication, you can rely on Skype. However, due to
cyber attacks, your data security can be compromised. So, make sure that you have the best ideas
on how to protect Skype IP along with your gadgets.
- 2019-05-08 13:50