Skype on a Chromebook

Skype is not currently supported on Chromebooks, but there are alternatives to make phone calls, instant message, or video chat.

Make phone calls

You can make phone calls with Hangouts, an extension that you can add to your Chromebook.

To make a phone call:

  1. Add the Hangouts extension from the Chrome Web Store.
  2. After the extension opens, click the  search button.
  3. You can call someone in two ways:
    1. Type a phone number into the search box. If you're placing an international call, you can select the applicable country code by clicking the flag drop-down or by typing it directly into the search box (i.e. +55 for Brazil).
      1. Click the phone icon . An audio-only Hangouts window will open, and Hangouts will dial the phone number you selected.
      2. Dial an extension: If you are calling a phone number that has an extension, click the dial pad button, and use the  dial pad that appears to enter the extension.
    2. ​Type the person's name or search for a name by scrolling through the Hangouts list. If a contact has made their phone number visible to you on their Google+ profile, the number will appear in your Hangouts list.
      1. Click the person's name.
      2. In the Hangouts window that opens, click the phone icon  . An audio-only Hangouts window will open, and Hangouts will call the person.

When you've finished the call, click the  hang-up button or close the Hangout window.

More information is available here.

Send an instant message

There are many free instant messaging apps that are compatible with your Skype contacts, as well as your contacts with Google, Yahoo, AIM, MSN, and other popular messaging programs. Examples include imo, IM+, and eBuddy. You can add these apps for free from the Chrome Web Store.

Video chat with friends and family

With the same Hangouts extension, you can easily start a video chat with friends and family using the steps below:

  1. Open the Hangouts extension.
  2. Click on the contact you'd like to video call, then click the video icon to start the call.
You can get more information about Hangouts here.

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