How to Download Skype on a Computer

By James Crider

Skype is a popular Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, service for Windows, Mac OS X and mobile devices. Calls from a Skype account to another Skype account are free, but using Skype to call a telephone number or receive a call from a standard phone requires payment. Skype is popular for international calls, since they're free if both parties have a Skype account. Downloading and installing the program is easy, even if you've never used Skype before.

Things You'll Need

  • Microphone

Step 1

Open a new window in your Web browser. Navigate to the Skype download page in the "Get Skype" section of

Step 2

Click the blue button marked "Download Skype." Click "Save" or "Save File." Wait for the download to finish.

Step 3

Minimize your Web browser and open your browser's download folder. Double-click "SkypeSetup.exe." Click "Run."

Step 4

Click "Skype End User License Agreement" and "Skype Privacy Statement" if you wish to read them. Click "I agree - install." Wait for the download to complete and the program to install -- this could take several minutes on a slow connection.

Step 5

Click "Finish." Enter your full name, Skype username, password and email to set up a Skype account. If you already have a Skype account, click "Sign in" to start using Skype.