How to Answer a Call with Skype


Skype offers two ways for you to answer an incoming call – with voice or video. Once you have created a Skype account, logged in and have added contacts, you can begin receiving and answering calls right away.

Receiving and Answering Calls

  • To receive Skype calls, open and sign into the program using your username and password. You do not need to have a Skype window maximized or even open while signed in; it runs in the background, allowing you to receive calls while you browse the Web or do other activities on your computer. A window will pop up on your screen when you receive an incoming call, displaying the caller name, photo and two ways to answer. Click Answer to answer the call with your voice only or click Answer with video to start a video chat. Click the red Decline button if you do not want to answer the call.

Setting Up and Troubleshooting

  • Get a Skype ID by creating an account on the Skype Join Us page. Then, go to the Downloads page to download the program. To begin receiving and answering calls, you must add contacts -- friends and family who are also Skype users. Search for a contact by opening the program and typing either the person's username or email address in the search box. Click Add to Contacts when you find the user's profile. If you are having trouble receiving calls, check your privacy settings under the Options menu of the program. Ensure that either Anyone or phone numbers in my Contact list only is selected under the Allow calls to my Skype Number(s) from heading.


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