Getting Connected to Skype

To use Skype you just need a computer connected to the internet, a webcam, a microphone headset, and Skype. More information is below:

What kind of computer do I need?

Any computer three years old or less should run Skype easily; this includes PCs running Windows or Linux and Apple computers. It doesn’t matter whether you are using a desktop computer or a laptop, either will be fine.

How fast does my internet connection need to be?

You do not need ‘super-fast’ or fibre-optic broadband to use Skype, any standard connection should be fine. We also use Skype calling over mobile and tablets over “3G” internet connections.

Will I need a webcam?

It is small and cheap camera connected to the computer. Many laptops have a webcam built in and Apple computers always do. There are lots of webcams that are suitable starting from £10 which will be fine to use.

Do I need a microphone headset?

Most laptops have a built-in microphone and speakers which will work well. You will get a better quality of sound by using a microphone headset. If you have a copy of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, the headset that was supplied with it will be ideal for Skype.

How do I get Skype?

Skype is available as a free download from

As part of the download process you will be prompted to pick a version, you should select Skype Free. Next you will be asked to create a Skype account and password.

These will be the account details that you will use to log in to the Skype software, though your computer can be set to remember them.