Skype for Mac Download and Installation Guide

Microsoft's Skype is a messaging client that allows for peer-to-peer video chats, computer-to-phone calling, text messaging, and file sharing. Although 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.

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Check Your System

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

  • Mac OS X 10.9 or higher 
  • At least 1 GHz Intel processor (Core 2 Duo)
  • At least 1 GB RAM
  • The latest version of QuickTime
  • 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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Download 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, or to whatever folder you select.

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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

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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 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 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 through instant messages
  • Start or participate in group video calls
  • Make low-cost calls to landlines and mobile devices
  • Send text messages to mobile devices
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