Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Video Calls How to Download and Install Skype for Mac Add Skype to your Mac to make free voice and video calls. Share Pin Email Print Video Calls Skype Facetime By Brandon De Hoyos Writer Brandon de Hoyos is former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a self-described IM veteran who covers the latest in messaging trends and videography. our editorial process LinkedIn Brandon De Hoyos Updated November 27, 2019 99 99 people found this article helpful Skype is a messaging app that 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. ©Lifewire 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. 1:08 How to Download and Install Skype for Mac 01 of 06 Check Your System Requirements 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 RAMThe 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. 02 of 06 Download Skype for Mac In your web browser, go to the Skype for Mac download page. Select Get Skype for Mac. The Skype installation file will be downloaded to your Downloads folder. 03 of 06 Launch the Skype for Mac Installer Open the Downloads folder and double-click the Skype for Mac installation file to start the installation process. 04 of 06 Install Skype on Mac After you double-click the installation file, a Finder window opens prompting you to add the Skype app to your Applications folder. Drag the Skype logo to the Applications folder on that screen. 05 of 06 Locate Skype in Your Applications Folder Launch Skype for Mac by opening the Launchpad in your Mac Dock. Find the Skype app icon and click on it. You can also find the Skype for Mac app by going into your Applications folder. Double-click the Skype icon to launch the service. 06 of 06 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. Once logged in, you can use any of Skype's calling features, which include the following: Calling: Free Skype-to-Skype calls anywhere in the world. Users 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 your 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 You can also use Skype as your home phone.