Skype has been acquired by Windows, and that makes Skype one of the best native communication apps for the Windows 8 phones.
Using the two together is almost like a match made in heaven. So if you have a Windows 8 phone that did not come with Skype installed on it, do not wait any longer and download the application immediately to have a breathtaking communication experience. Nowhere else would you find Skype to be so versatile and efficient. Here are some tips to help you through.
Add a contact
If you are starting out with Skype, and your contact list is completely empty, you would need to add some contacts to it. On the Windows 8 phone, doing this is very simple. All you have to do is to start your Skype software and select the ‘add people’ option. You will then be able to find your contacts through their Skype name, their email address, and their phone number or just their name. Several results may appear when you key in these details. Just click on the contact that you want to add and then tap on the ‘Add to contacts’ option. You can enter a small message for introduction, or just leave the space blank to avoid it. Your friend may have to approve your request before you are able to contact them on Skype – depending on their privacy settings.
Send an Instant Message
The easiest way to initiate contact with someone over Skype is through instant messaging. You do not have to limit yourself to any number of characters. Just start your Skype app, and tap on the icon to start a new chat. You will get a list of friends with whom you can start a conversation. Pick the one you like to add, and then type a message in your text box. Tap on the ‘send’ button and your message will immediately go to the recipient. You can also add emoticons to your messages, and send files through them.
Skype is perhaps most popular for its calling functions, and so you should be familiar with how to make a call. Making a call is simple enough actually. Just start your Skype app and login to it. You will get a list of contacts that are currently online. You can see this list by accessing either the ‘people’ or the ‘recent’ contacts list. You can now click on the call icon to start an audio or a video call. You will have to turn on the camera if you want to convert an audio call to a video one. If you want to make a video call to begin with, just tap on ‘make a video call’ option.
Switch Skype Accounts
Some people have multiple Skype accounts – one for work and one for pleasure. If you want to switch between the accounts, just tap on your profile picture located on the top right corner. From there, select the switch accounts option and you will be directed to the sign in page. If you do not have a profile picture, you can just tap on the menu option and choose the switching option from there.