How to Use Skype to View Somebody's Desktop

By Brian Jackson

A remote desktop connection allows one user to see another user's desktop and control their mouse and keyboard. It can be useful for troubleshooting situations. A remote desktop connection can be made between two users via Skype by using the free SkyAway plug-in.

Things You'll Need

  • Skype
  • SkyAway plug-in

Step 1

Open Skype by double-clicking the "Skype" shortcut on your desktop. Wait for the program to load, then minimize it by clicking the icon in the upper right-hand corner that looks like a flat line.

Step 2

Open SkyAway by double-clicking the "SkyAway" shortcut on your desktop.

Step 3

Click "Actions" in the top toolbar menu of SkyAway. Select "Connect to Skype".

Step 4

Click on "Skype" in your taskbar at the bottom of the screen to restore the window. A new dialog box will prompt you by asking if SkyAway should be allowed access. Click "Yes" and minimize Skype again.

Step 5

Click on the drop-down menu at the top of the "SkyAway" window. Select the user you want to make a remote desktop connection with. Click the little person icon just the right of this drop down menu. Wait for the user to accept your connection.

Step 6

Watch the large window in SkyAway and wait for the other user's desktop to appear. You will be able to control their mouse and keyboard as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • Both users must have SkyAway installed to make a remote desktop connection. Use Skype version 1.4 or higher.
  • This is beta software and will not work for everyone or in all situations.