(Pocket-Lint) – Skype has long been available as a mobile and desktop app, but you can use its web-based client to send instant messages and video calls to your friends or colleagues.
Below, we will explain what you need to know to set up the service in your browser
What is Skype for the Web?
Skype for the Web is basically a full-featured, web-based version of Skype. It automatically loads all your contacts and conversations into the browser.
If you’re out of the house, for example, and you don’t have access to your smartphone or your computer, you’ll use Skype for the web. If you do not want to install the native app on your device, you can use it.
How do you use Skype for the web?
Go to Skype.com (or web.skype.com) in your web browser on a Windows or Mac computer, then sign in with your Skype ID and password or Microsoft account. No need to download Skype desktop app.
Are there any requirements?
Officially, Skype for the Web only works on Windows 10 and macOS 10.12 or higher using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, although it should also work on Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox.
The web app will ask you to install a plug-in before making your first video / audio call.
Although Skype for Web works with Chrome, it does not work on Chromebook.
What features does Skype have for the web?
- HD video calls, instant messaging and audio calling
- One to one or group video calling
- Timeline view on the left (a searchable list to make conversations easier to find and find)
- Notifications (you need to enable them when you sign in) even if you are using another app or visiting a different website in another browser window.
- Looking for links or pictures sent a few weeks ago? You can search the chat media gallery for files, links, and photos shared in a conversation, whether yesterday or last month.
How to enable Dark Mode on Skype for Web
Like the app, the web-based version of Skype uses Dark Mode. When you sign in, click on the three dots at the top left of your browser. Once inside the Skype menu, click on the “Appearance” tab. There you will find settings for themes and you can change the color of different things but you also have the option to select the mode with light, dark and matching system settings.
If your system has not already turned on Dark Mode, click the Dark Mode button to activate it in the browser. Now Skype will be easy on your eyes when you are texting people.
Written by Maggie Tillman and Dan Grabb. Edited by Adrian Willings.