How to Download and Install Skype for Mac

Add Skype to your Mac to make free voice and video calls

Skype hosts video chats, computer-to-phone calling, text messaging, and file sharing. Although some services require a subscription, the basic functions of Skype are available for free. Subscribers can choose from packages that allow unlimited calls to domestic and international locations for a monthly fee.

In addition to being a free download, ​the Skype app is available for iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux devices. Skype is also compatible with certain Xbox and Amazon Kindle Fire devices.


How to Download and Install Skype for Mac

Download Skype for Mac

Before downloading the Skype for Mac client, confirm that your Mac meets the following system requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.10 or higher 
  • At least 1 GHz Intel processor (Core 2 Duo)
  • At least 1 GB RAM
  • The latest version of QuickTime

It's also recommended that you have a microphone, a webcam, and a broadband connection with at least 100 Kbps download and upload speeds.

When you're ready, open a web browser and follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Skype for Mac download page.

  2. Select Get Skype for Mac.

    Get Skype for Mac download button on the web
  3. The Skype installation file downloads to your Downloads folder.

Launch the Skype for Mac Installer

Open the Downloads folder and double-click the ​Skype for Mac installation file to start the installation process.

Install Skype on Mac

After you double-click the installation file, a Finder window opens and prompts you to add the Skype app to your Applications folder. Drag the Skype logo to the Applications folder on that screen.

Skype install icon in macOS

Locate Skype in Your Applications Folder

Launch Skype for Mac by opening the Launchpad from the Mac Dock. Find the Skype app icon and click it.

Alternatively, find the Skype for Mac app by going to the Applications folder. Double-click the Skype icon to launch the service.

Log in and Start Using Skype for Mac

After launching Skype for Mac, log in to your Skype account to use the service. Once logged in, use any of the Skype calling features, which include:

Skype settings page in macOS showing latest version of the app
  • Calling: Free Skype-to-Skype calls anywhere in the world. Subscribers can also call mobile and landline numbers for a cost. Both services allow for group calls of up to 50 people, as well as call forwarding and caller ID. It's possible to use Skype as a home phone.
  • Video: Place one-to-one or group video calls for up to 50 people for free.
  • Messaging: Send SMS texts, instant messages, video messages, and emojis and emoticons.
  • Sharing: Send or receive files, photos, and videos of any size, as well as contacts and your computer screen with a person or group.