How to Sign Up on Skype

You need a microphone and a webcam to initiate audio and video calls.
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Skype enables you to chat with people all around the world, initiate audio-only or video and audio calls, and call other Skype users, cell phones and landlines. Although calling other Skype users is free, you need to purchase Skype credit in order to call cell phones and landlines. To use Skype on your computer, first create a Skype account. Signing up takes just a few minutes, and you can be sure that your data will remain secure, because Skype doesn't pass your information on to third parties.

Navigate to the "Download Skype on Your Computer" Web page (link in Resources), and then click the "Get Skype for Windows desktop" button.

Save the installer on your computer, and then double-click it after the download is complete. Follow the instructions on your screen to install Skype on your Windows computer.

Launch Skype, and then click the "Create an Account" link. The "Create an Account or Sign In" page opens in your default Web browser.

Fill out the form with your information. Only your first and last name, email address, Skype name and password fields are mandatory.

Type the text you see in the image into the "Type the Text Above Here" field to verify you are a human, and then click the "I Agree - Continue" button.

Make Skype the active window, and then click the "Skype Name" button.

Type the Skype name you selected when you created your account into the Skype Name field and the correct password into the Password field, and then click "Sign In" to start using Skype.

  • Information in this article applies to Skype 6.11 for Windows. Procedures may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
  • Alternatively, you can use your Microsoft or Facebook account to use Skype if you don't want to create a Skype account.

Nick Peers has been writing technology-related articles since 2003. His articles have appeared in dozens of technical publications, including MSN UK, CNET, BBC Who Do You Think You Are, LifeHacker UK and TechRadar. He holds a Masters in information technology degree from the University of East London.