Skype for Mac Download and Installation Guide

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System Requirements for Skype

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Microsoft's Skype is a messaging client that allows for peer-to-peer video chats, computer-to-phone calling, text messaging and file sharing. While some services require a subscription, the basic functions of Skype are available free to users. Subscribers can choose from packages that allow unlimited calls to domestic and international locations for a low monthly fee.

Getting Started

Before downloading the client, ensure that your computer meets the following system requirements:

  • 1 GHz Intel processor (Core 2 Duo)
  • For Skype 7+ you must have Mac OS X 10.9+ (Mavericks). An alternate version is available for Mac OS X 10.6 through 10.8
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 100 MB free disk space
  • Microphone—a headset is recommended
  • Webcam for video chat
  • Broadband connection. For voice calls, you need a broadband connection with at least 100 Kbps download and upload speeds.


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Downloading Skype for Mac

Skype for Mac Download

In your web browser go to the Skype for Mac download page. Click the Get Skype for Mac download button. The Skype installation file downloads to your Downloads folder by default.

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Launch the Skype for Mac Installer

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

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Install Skype for Mac on Your Computer

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After you double-click the installation file, a Finder window opens prompting you to add the Skype app to your Applications folder. Simply drag the Skype logo and drop it into the Applications folder icon on that screen.

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Locate Skype in Your Applications Folder

You can launch Skype for Mac by opening the Launchpad in your Mac Dock. Find the Skype app icon and click on it.

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

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Log In and Start Using Skype for Mac

After launching Skype for Mac, you are prompted to log in to your Skype account to begin.

Now you can use Skype on your computer to:

  • Share files and photos
  • Chat with instant messages
  • Start or participate in group video calls
  • Make low-cost calls to landlines and mobile devices
  • Send text messages to mobile devices