How to use Skype on Chromebook using the browser.
Skype remains one of the best platforms for instant messaging, voice calling, and video conferencing. You can use Skype on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, smart speaker, console, etc. Skype also works great on Chromebooks.
Whether you’ve bought a new Chromebook, turned your old laptop into a Chromebook, or are still familiar with Chrome OS, we’ll show you how to install and use Skype for Chromebooks.
Download and Install Skype on Chromebook
There are several ways to access Skype on a Chromebook. You can download the app from the Play Store, install the Linux version, or use the Skype web client. We’ll show you how to access Skype using all three methods.
Install Skype from Google Play Store
If you’re reading this article on your Chromebook, visit the Skype download page in the Play Store and click Install. If you’re reading this post on a different device, follow these steps to download Skype for Chrome OS.
1. Tap the launcher icon in the lower-left corner of the screen to open the Chromebook desktop.
2. Tap the application viewer icon.
3. Select “Play Store”.
4. Type Skype into the search bar and press Enter.
5. Click the Install button to download Skype to your Chromebook.
Install Skype as a Linux application
Few people know that Chrome OS supports applications developed for Ubuntu Linux. This means you can install and run Linux apps on your Chromebook without any problem. Follow these steps to install the Linux version of Skype on your Chromebook.
Note. Chrome OS 69 or later is required to run Linux applications on Chromebooks. Go to Settings> About Chrome OS to check your Chrome OS version or update your Chromebook’s operating system. Likewise, you also need to first enable the Linux environment on your device.
1. Go to Settings> Developers> Linux Development Environment (Beta) and click the Enable button.
2. Click “Next” to continue.
3. Enter the desired name in the “Username” dialog box, or use a system-generated name. Alternatively, use Recommended Disk Size and select Install to continue.
4. Chrome OS will download the files required to set up the Linux development environment. This will take a few minutes, depending on your Chromebook’s hardware configuration and internet speed.
5. After successfully installing the Linux virtual machine, go to the official Skype download page and click the Get Skype for Windows drop-down menu button.
6. Select “Get Skype for Linux DEB” from the drop-down list.
7. Select a destination folder and click “Save”.
8. Launch the Files application, right-click the Skype installation file, and select Install with Linux.
9. Select “Install” to continue.
When the installation is complete, you will find the Skype application in your Linux Applications folder when you open the Application Viewer.
Use Skype for the Web
It is best to access Skype from a web browser if you do not use the conference call service very often. Or if your Chromebook doesn’t have enough storage space; Skype creates hidden cache files that unnecessarily consume storage space.
To use Skype for the web on your Chromebook, you need the latest versions of Chrome or Microsoft Edge. When using unsupported browsers (such as Firefox or Opera) to access Skype for the Web, a “Browser not supported” error message is displayed.
Visit the Skype for Web page, sign in with your Microsoft account and you’re good to go. It is worth noting that the Skype web clients and application clients have similar interfaces, features, and functionality.
Uninstall Skype from Chromebook
There are many reasons why you might need to uninstall Skype from your Chromebook. This could be due to freeing up storage space or because you are switching to an alternative conferencing application. To uninstall Skype from your device, open the Chrome desktop, right-click Skype and select Uninstall.
If your Chromebook is in tablet mode, press and hold the Skype icon and select Uninstall. You can also uninstall Skype from the Chrome OS settings menu: Go to Settings> Applications> Application Management> Skype and click the Uninstall button.
Chromebook Tips for Skype
Here are some tips to help you use Skype on your Chromebook seamlessly.
Clip Skype to the shelf
If you use Skype regularly, say every day, you should pin it to a shelf – a small area at the bottom of your screen. A shelf is the Chrome OS equivalent of the Windows taskbar and macOS dock.
If using Skype, right-click or press and hold the application icon on the shelf and select Pin.
Another way to do this is to right-click or press and hold Skype in the Application Viewer and select Pin to Shelf.
Now you can quickly launch Skype anytime without opening the Chrome OS App Viewer.
Launch Skype using voice command
Using Google Assistant, you can open Skype on your Chromebook by saying “Hey Google. Open Skype “or” Ok Google. Start Skype. ”
Check out this detailed guide on how to set up Google Assistant on your Chromebook.
Start a new meeting
To create a new Skype meeting, launch the app and tap the Meet Now icon next to the search bar.
Skype will create and display your meeting details on the next page. You can copy the meeting link, add your contacts on Skype, or share the meeting link with others. Click the Start Meeting button to start the meeting, or select Chat to return to the messaging window.
To start a new meeting in your browser, visit the Skype for Web Meeting Portal and select Create Free Video Call.
Skype the Chromebook Way
If you choose to install Skype on your Chromebook, we recommend downloading the Android version from the Play Store. It is smaller (in size) and easier to update. However, if you have multiple Skype accounts, you can install the Android and Linux versions and run different accounts on them.
How to use Skype on Chromebook using the browser
How to use Skype on Chromebook using the browser.