Skype for Mac Download and Installation Guide

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Navigate to the Skype Website

Skype Website

Skype is an impressive 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 most basic functions are available free to users.

Getting Started

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

  • 1GHz Intel processor.
  • Minimum Mac OS X 10.6+ (Snow Leopard), but for Skype 7.0 or above you must have Mac OS X 10.9+ (Mavericks).
  • 100 MB free disk space.
  • Microphone; a headset is recommended.
  • Webcam (for video chat).
  • Broadband connection. For voice calls, it is recommended that  you have a broadband connection with at least 100 kbps download and upload speeds.


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Downloading Skype for Mac

Skype for Mac Download

Navigate your web browser to the Skype for Mac download page. Click the "Get Skype for Mac" download button. The Skype installation file will download to your Downloads folder by default.

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Launch the Skype for Mac Installer

Next, locate the Skype for Mac installation file in your Downloads folder and double-click it to start the installation process.

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Install Skype for Mac on Your Computer

Screenshot © 2010 Skype Limited

After double-clicking the installation file, a Finder window will open prompting you to add the Skype app to your Applications folder. Simply drag the Skype logo and drop it into the Applications folder.

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Locate Skype for Mac in Your Applications Folder

You can launch Skype for Mac by opening the Launchpad in your Mac command bar. 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 for Mac icon to launch the app.

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Log In and Start Using Skype for Mac

After launching Skype for Mac you will be prompted to log into your Skype account to begin.

Congratulations! You are now ready to use Skype for Mac.