The new iPad is really an amazing communication tool. In addition to all the regulars; email, iMessage and FaceTime, the iPad also works with Skype. In fact, most of the great features we love about Skype on our Windows or Mac PCs work great on the iPad.
The first step to using Skype on your new iPad is to download the free Skype app from the App Store by going here:
You need to have a Skype account created to use the iPad app, so use either your Mac or PC or use Safari on your iPad and go here to create your Skype account.
After you create your account, you’re ready to log in to Skype on your iPad. To do so, follow these steps:
You should not have to enter this log in information again; it is saved in Skype. The next time you touch Skype, it will automatically log you in.
Once you have logged into the Skype app, you will want to start communicating with people. To do so, you will have to find them and add then to your Skype contacts list:
So far you have created your account and added your contacts. Now you are ready to finally make that first call with Skype on your iPad:
You can show the individual with whom you are talking on Skype your surroundings by “switching” to the back camera of the iPad.
Simply touch the Camera key along the bottom row of icons and choose whether you wish to display the Front Camera, Back Camera or No Camera on the screen.
If you choose No Camera, Skype will still work, but you will just have a voice call without any video image.
Touch the small picture of yourself (your contact image) in the top left hand corner to access the My Info section of Skype.
From this section you can:
h2>How to use Skype call history on your iPad
Recent calls or chats are usually listed with the contacts icons along the left-hand margin of the Skype screen.
Below those icons is the History icon. Touch this to see your recent Skype history. Skype keeps a history of your Skype IM discussions and call logs which is very useful in order to retrieve potentially important information.
Skype-to-Skype calls are free. However, if you want to call people on their landlines or mobile phones from Skype, then you will need to purchase Skype Credits or purchase a monthly subscription plan. This can be done on the Skype web site from the Safari app or from your Mac or PC.
In addition to making phone calls, you can also chat via text with other Skype users from your iPad. Starting a chat is very similar to starting a call; follow these steps to do so:
Skype for iPad supports:
Group video chat and sending files are not supported on Skype for iPad.
Are you using Skype of your iPad? How is it working for you? Let us know in this forum thread.