How to make group audio and video calls with Skype, in Windows, Android, and iOS
Skype offers options for you to chat or make audio and video calls with your family, friends, and co-workers. Furthermore, you can make audio, and video group calls for free. Also, you do not need to install any additional software for these group calls to work since this feature is built into the Skype apps for Windows, Android, and iOS. Read this tutorial, and see how easy it is to make audio, and video group calls with Skype, regardless of whether you are using a Windows PC, an Android smartphone or an iPhone:
NOTE: Skype lets you create audio, and video group calls with people who use different computing platforms. Group calls can include people who have Skype installed on any Windows, Android, or iOS-powered devices, in any combination.
How to make group audio and video calls in Skype for Windows
Before trying to initiate an audio or video call, you need to add all the people that you want to contact. This is the great thing about Skype, as you can call out to reach all the contacts that need to be in the "conference," rather than needing to call them individually.
There are two methods that you can use to start building the list of people that take part in a group call. For the first one, you have to access the Contacts list and then select the first person you want to talk to.
The person you selected is the first member of your group call. Then, you need to add more participants to the conversation. To do this, click or tap the "Add people" button from the chat area.
Skype opens a dialog called "Add to Group", which lists all your contacts. Use the search field or scroll until you find the person that you want to add to the group call. When you find him or her, click or tap on his/her name.
Once you click on a name, Skype instantly adds that person to your group. You can see this in the list at the top of the dialog. Continue adding all the people whom you want to invite to your conference call.
Another method to start a group call involves building a group chat first. To do so, click or tap on the +Chat button from the left side of the Skype window.
Then click or tap on the New Group Chat option from the menu.
Skype asks you to choose a name for your New Group Chat. Type a name you like then press the Next button from the bottom-right corner of the window. It looks like an arrow pointing to the right.
NOTE: You can also add a picture for your group if you want, by clicking or tapping on the image placeholder from the New Group Chat dialog.
Then, Skype opens the list of all your contacts. Click or tap on the people you want to add to your group. Each time you click/tap on a person, you can see that he or she was added to the group, in the list from the top of the dialog.
When you have finished adding everyone you wanted, click or tap the Done button from the top-right corner of the "Create new group" dialog.
Now Skype takes a moment to create the new group. When it is done, you should see something similar to the screenshot below.
To start an audio call with your group, click or tap the Audio Call button from the top-right corner of the window. Its icon looks like a phone.
To start a video call with your group, click or tap on the Video Call button from the top-right corner of the window. Its icon looks like a video camera.
How to make group audio and video calls in Skype for Android and iOS
To be able to do a group audio or video call from an Android smartphone or tablet, or from an iPhone or an iPad, you must first create a group. The next steps are the same for both mobile operating systems. For simplicity, in this section we are going to use screenshots with both systems: on the left there is Android, and on the right there is iOS.
Start by opening Skype and then by tapping on the "new chat" button. In Android, it is found on the bottom-right corner of the screen, while in iOS it is found on the top-right corner of the screen.
On the New Chat screen, tap the New Group Chat button from the top-left.
Enter a name for the new group that you are creating and then tap the Next button that looks like an arrow. You can also assign an image to the group if you want, by pressing the large image placeholder from above the group's name.
On the next screen, Skype shows you a list with all your contacts. Search or scroll and tap all the people that you want to add to your group. The ones that you already added are marked accordingly and are also shown on the top of the screen.
Wait for a few moments until Skype has created your group and adds all the people you selected. Then, it automatically opens the group's chat screen.
If you want to initiate a group audio call, tap the phone button found at the top-right corner of the screen.
If you want to initiate a group video call, tap on the video camera button also found at the top-right corner of the screen.
And that is it: now you only have to wait for the people in your group to answer your call, be it audio or video, and start talking. :)
Do you like Skype's group audio and video call features?
We sometimes use group calls on Skype for our team meetings here at Digital Citizen, as we cannot all be in the same physical location at all times. It is great that you can set up a group in advance from your contacts list and call all of them at once, with only one press of a button. This Skype feature offers conference calls of good quality and without any connection problems. Finally, the fact that you can make group video calls for free is awesome. Do you like this feature? Are you using Skype often to make group audio or video calls with your friends or partners? Share your opinion in the comments section below.