How to Get Skype for Chromebook Working in Easy Steps

While Zoom is more of an enterprise solution, Skype, on the other hand, is still popular among general consumers. It’s clean, offers smooth video calls, has useful features, and it’s available on a range of platforms and devices. Not to mention, with the new web-first approach, Microsoft has brought Skype to Chromebooks as well. And that is not all. There are multiple ways to get Skype for Chromebook working seamlessly. So in this article, we bring you a detailed guide on how to install and run Skype on a Chromebook with some helpful tips along the way. With that in mind, let’s see how you can use Skype on your Chromebook in 2021.

3 Ways to Get Skype for Chromebook Working (2021)

There are particularly three ways you can get Skype working on your Chromebook. The first one is the Web App which is, by far, the best way to access Skype on a Chromebook. After that, we have Android and Linux apps. We will discuss all the methods, but let’s start with the web app first.

Get Skype for Chromebook Working: Web App

Apart from offering native apps, Microsoft has moved its prized video-conferencing app to the web. Now, you can seamlessly access Skype on a Chromebook using the Chrome browser. It comes with support for call notifications, screen sharing, and the recent, Skype Meet Now feature. Simply put, you won’t miss any of the major features of the desktop app. Now having said that, let’s get to the steps.

1. Open on Chrome and log in with your Microsoft account.

Get Skype for Chromebook Working: Web App

2. After that, you will be instantly taken to the main dashboard which is pretty similar to the desktop app. You can chat, make a video call, start a group call with Skype Meet Now, and more.

Get Skype for Chromebook Working: Web App

3. As you can see, Skype on Chromebook now supports screen sharing, floating window, real-time subtitles, and a lot more.

Get Skype for Chromebook Working: Web App

4. I would recommend you to enable notification from the padlock icon on the address bar to receive video call and message notifications. Having said that, you need to keep Skype open in the background to receive notifications. You can create a standalone app from the below step to make it easier to manage notifications and Skype overall.

Get Skype for Chromebook Working: Web App

5. Click on the 3-dot menu and move to “More Tools”. Here, click on “Create Shortcut”. Finally, enable “Open as window” and click on “Create”. Now Skype Web will behave more like an app, with a separate icon in the launcher. You can even pin Skype on the Shelf.

Get Skype for Chromebook Working: Web App

Use Skype on Chromebook: Android App

If you have Play Store support on your Chromebook then you can use the Android variant of Skype on your Chromebook. In my testing, it worked pretty well, but you don’t have access to some of the desktop features like background blur and real-time caption.

Nevertheless, as it’s an Android app, you have full support for notifications and Skype Meet Now which is great. You would get Skype notifications even when the app is not open in the background. Also, the Android app has offline support so you can access Skype chats without having an active internet connection. Best of all, you can chat and remain on the video call screen with the new update.

1. Open the Play Store on your Chromebook and install Skype (Free).

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2. Now, log in to your Microsoft account and you will be able to access most of the features of Skype Desktop. I would say, the Android app is really good if you want all-time notification and offline support.

Get Skype for Chromebook Working: Android App

Get Skype for Chromebook Working: Linux App

Among all the versions of Skype, the Linux app seems more like a solid desktop app on Chromebook. Almost everything works pretty well and there is no Terminal tweaking required. It can even receive notifications if the app is closed in the background. But there is one problem and it’s a glaring one.

Linux on Chromebook still does not have access to the webcam due to virtual machine restrictions and as a result, Skype can’t use the webcam. The microphone works fine out of the box so there is that. To put it straight, if you want Skype for voice calls and chats then the Linux app is a really good option on Chromebook.

1. First of all, set up Linux on your Chromebook by following the linked guide. If the Linux option is not available in Settings then it means your Chromebook doesn’t have support for Linux.

Use Linux on Your Chromebook

2. Next, open the Skype download page and choose “Get Skype for Linux DEB” from the drop-down menu. It will download the Skype installer on your Chromebook in DEB format.

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3. After downloading the installer, open the “Files” app and double-click on it to install Skype on your Chromebook. Next, hit the “Install” button.

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4. Finally, after the installation, you will find Skype under the Linux folder inside the launcher. Open it and sign in to your Microsoft account. It might ask you to create a keyring. Basically, it will encrypt your Skype password on Linux so that no application can access it. If you want, you can add an extra layer of security.

Get Skype for Chromebook Working: Linux App

5. Finally, you are done. Now Skype will launch and you get all the desktop features except video support.

Note: If Skype is not launching initially then click on “File” and quit the program. Reopen it and now Skype should work fine.

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Install Skype on Chromebook and Enjoy Seamless Video Calls

So these are the three ways you can run Skype on Chromebook without much issue. As I said above, the web app is the best of the lot, but you can also go through the Android or Linux app if those options fit your bill. Apart from that, keep in mind, as there is no such option as “Startup applications” like Windows, you need to manually open Skype once to receive notifications after every reboot. Anyway, that is all from us. If you are facing any problem then do let us know in the comment section below. We will definitely try to help you out.

comment Comments 5
  • John DeBinder says:

    I tried to share the screen on my granddaughters chromeboook via several apps. They all had one problem or another. I finally found a solution. If you have a Google email account all you need to do is open your inbox in GMAIL, start a Google meeting in the bottom left of the screen and invite another gmail user to the meeting. On the Chromebook open the gmail inbox and accept the invitation. Once you are in the meeting on the Chromebook you can click the ‘present’ link at the bottom of the screen and share your whole screen, one app or one chrome tab.

  • Jaramona Crawford says:

    Why do you leave this info if chrome is still crashing and it keeps me from doing my work. It crashes and then the info that you are giving won’t because it crashes

  • Stephen says:

    I am using the Android version of Skype from the play store. It meets my needs except one thing so I am wondering if there is a work around or does the web version work for me.
    My problems is actually simple, I need to be on a video call, with of course video & audio but I need texting too, all simultaneously. I assume it works in Windows and MAC because I found a Microsoft procedure that describe how to initiate & how it behaves. But in my hardware /app configuration describe above in this text, II have to leave the video display to click on chats where I can text & the call stays intact but the video display is set aside (not displayed) while texting then I click the camera while texting & it restores the video display but now the texting is no longer displayed on screen. I can freely toggle between the two features but the do not display simultaniuosly.

    Please help

    • Arjun Sha says:

      The latest version of the Android app supports simultaneous video/audio call and chatting on the left pane.

  • David says:

    Chromebook user can place video calls…
    Chromebook user can project video from the webcam in the Chromebook….
    however, video coming from the other person can not be seen?

    What is going wrong and how to fix this?

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