Using Skype without installing the app

Skype for Web is the online version of Skype

You can use Skype from a web browser to avoid downloading and installing the program on your computer. This can be done via a web application called Skype for Web.

Skype for Web works just like the desktop version of the program, and the main advantage is that you can connect to Skype with anyone from any computer, as long as you have access to the website.

This means you can also view Skype messages without having to download the app. Just sign in to Skype for Web and view all your messages there, even replying to messages just like you would in a regular desktop program.

Skype without app

Accessing the Skype website is just one step away. You must also give your browser the appropriate permissions to access your camera and microphone if you intend to communicate this way.

  1. Visit Skype for the web.

    Skype for Web is available worldwide, but only works in Chrome or Edge.

  2. Sign in to your Skype account when prompted. This can be your phone number, email address or Skype name.

    If you plan to only use Skype online for text messages, you can stop here without following these steps.

  3. Give Skype for Web access to your camera and microphone.

    How you do this depends on your browser, but it should be as simple as trying to use your microphone or camera and then pressing a button to allow or Yes if requested.

    You may need to go to your browser settings to enable browser-level microphone and camera access before you can allow Skype to use them.

    You can do the same for browser notifications. For example, when you open Skype for Web for the first time, you may be prompted to show notifications so Skype can alert you when someone messages you or starts calling you.

  4. This is it! Now you can use Skype without downloading the program.

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