Using Skype for Chromebook

The vast majority of new Chromebook models can run apps found on the Google Play Store, opening up a wide variety of features previously unavailable in Chrome OS. One of the most popular applications is Skype, which allows you to communicate online via voice, video and text chat.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for many older Chromebooks, where support for the Google Play app isn’t always available. If your particular model falls into this category, there is a workaround that allows you to make audio and video calls using your webcam and microphone through the Skype browser interface. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles found in the Skype app, this web-only alternative still gets the job done and comes close to simulating a computing experience.

Contents
  1. receive Skype
  2. Using the Skype app on a Chromebook
  3. Using Skype for the web on a Chromebook

receive Skype

To find out if a specific Chromebook model supports Google Play apps, follow these steps:

  1. Click on you user photo usually in the lower right corner of the screen.

  2. When the popup appears, click the icon Settings indicated acceleration

  3. Couple Settings in Chrome OS should now be displayed. Scroll down and find the section that says Google Play Store † If you can’t find this section, it probably means that your Chromebook model doesn’t support Google Play Store apps and you should try the alternate method described later in this article.

  4. If you find this section, but it is not enabled yet, please activate it by clicking the button TO TURN ON and on . to press agree with Google Play’s terms of service when prompted.

Using the Skype app on a Chromebook

If your Chromebook supports Google Play Store apps, installing Skype is the way to go. The fully featured app includes everything Skype has to offer, all in a user-friendly interface.

  1. Open your Chrome browser and go to the Skype page in the Google Play Store.

  2. Press the button TO INSTALL

  3. A progress bar is now displayed showing the status of the file upload process. Once completed, Skype will be installed automatically.

  4. After the installation is complete, click the button OPEN

  5. Skype will launch and you will be prompted to sign in or register an account. To use Skype at any time, click the button launcher in the lower left corner of the screen and select the app icon.

When you sign in to Skype for the first time, you’ll be asked if you want to allow the app to access your contacts. This is optional and you can continue by clicking the button TO DENY or ALLOW † You will also be asked several other permission-related questions, including the following – each accompanied by buttons TO DENY And ALLOW

  • Allow Skype to manage and place phone calls?

  • Give Skype access to photos, media and files on your device?

  • Allow Skype to record audio?

  • Allow Skype to take photos and record videos?

The answers to these questions determine the app’s capabilities, such as video calling via the Chromebook’s webcam. If you choose to deny certain access and attempt to use functionality that requires it, you will again be prompted to obtain your explicit consent when attempting this.

Using Skype for the web on a Chromebook

If your Chromebook model can’t use the Google Play apps, Skype on the web is definitely a worthy alternative. From here you can still access all the communication methods that the app offers.

  1. Open the Chrome browser and go to https://login.live.com.

  2. You will now be prompted to sign in to Skype or sign up for a free account.

  3. After successfully logging in, you will see a Skype interface similar to the one in the applications. From here you can start phone calls, video and/or text chats and access your saved contacts. You can also send and receive contact requests from family members, friends or colleagues.

  4. As with the Skype app, using the webcam, microphone, file system, and more requires certain permissions. The main difference is that in this case, the Chrome browser asks for the specified permission, not the app itself. For example, if you try to make a video call, the browser asks permission for the camera and built-in microphone, which you must allow if you want to end what you want.

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