Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface 3, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3.

Skype on Surface

With Skype-to-Skype audio and video calls and chat on Surface, you can stay in touch with anyone, on almost any device, pretty much anywhere in the world.

Skype tile

Your Surface comes with the Skype app pre-installed. Use the app to make free Skype-to-Skype calls or to call mobile phones and landlines at home and abroad at low rates.

For Surface Pro models and Surface 3, you can also download Skype for Windows desktop, which has additional features.

Either way, sign in to your Surface using your Microsoft account before you begin using Skype.

Ready to begin? Check out the sections below to get started.

Syncing or sending data across a mobile broadband connection could result in extra charges. For more info, see Manage your mobile broadband data use.

Sign in

Step 1:  On the Start screen, tap or click Skype.
If the Skype app isn’t on your Start screen, swipe up from the middle of the screen to open Apps view, and tap or click Skype.
Skype may prompt you for permission to access your webcam and microphone. Skype needs access to these features for calls, video calls and chat.
Step 2:  Do one of the following:
  • Haven’t used Skype before?
    Tap or click New to Skype? Read the Terms of Use, then, if you agree, tap or click I agree – join Skype.
  • Have a Skype account separate from your Microsoft account?
    You can merge them. Tap or click I have a Skype account, enter your Skype name and password, then click Sign in. Review the accounts you’re about to merge and tap or click Continue.
  • Already signed in to Skype with your Microsoft account?
    You don’t have to do anything. Simply tap or click the Skype tile, and you’ll be signed in automatically.

Add contacts

After you’ve signed in, your Messenger friends are added to your existing contacts list automatically. You can also add contacts that have Skype accounts.

Step 1:  Open Skype and sign in.
Step 2:  Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to open app commands.
(If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app).
Step 3:  Tap or click add contact, and search for people by name, Skype name or email address.
If you can't find the person you’re looking for, tap or click search directory.
Step 4:  Tap or click the person you want to add, tap or click add to contacts, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • You can add mobile or landline contacts by choosing the save number option shown in app commands. You’ll need Skype credit or a subscription to call mobile numbers or landlines. For more info, see Skype Credit.
  • If you have a Surface Pro model or Surface 3, use Skype for Windows desktop to import address books from Facebook, Outlook, and more. Even contacts who don’t have Skype accounts or phone numbers are listed. You can send messages to some or all of these contacts directly from the app inviting them to download Skype.

Privacy settings

You can control who can contact you on Skype by changing your privacy settings. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Open Skype, swipe up from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and click Settings.)
Step 2:  Tap or click Options.
Step 3:  Under Privacy, select either Everyone or Only my contacts.

Call and chat

Start a call

  • Tap or click a contact and tap or click the Call Skype call button button to make a call or tap or click the Video Skype video button button to make a video call.

Start chatting

  • Tap or click a contact and enter your message in the chat window.

Start a group chat

  • Tap or click a contact, tap or click the Add Skype add or send button and tap or click add participants.

    If you have a Surface Pro model or Surface 3 and you want to share your screen or make group video calls, you can do so using Skype for Windows desktop.

Share files and photos with people in chat

  • Tap or click the Add Skype add or send button, tap or click send files, browse to your file or photo, then tap or click Send.

Share links in chat

  • Copy and paste the URL into the chat window.

  • You can surf the web, listen to music, or play games while you chat with your friends on Skype. To learn how, see Use more than one app at a time.
  • You can get in touch with a Skype contact from the People app too. Tap or click a contact's name and then choose if you want to chat, call or start a video call with them.
  • When you pin someone with a Skype account to Start, you can tap or click their picture to video call, chat with or SMS them using Skype.
  • To switch between the front and back cameras while in a video call, either tap or click the video icon Skype video button, or tap or click the webcam image in the bottom-right corner.