How to Download Skype on a Computer

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.

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For hands-free communication, use a headset mic with Skype.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.