Since it’s release, Skype has quickly become one of the most popular VoIP (voice-over-Internet Protocol) services around. It enables phone calls, video chats, and much more over an internet connection. The pairing of your iPhone and Skype can be a powerful combination. For those unfamiliar with the ins and outs of the program however; first time use can be a little daunting. Here’s how to set-up Skype on your iPhone.

setup Skype on iPhone

To start, as with any app from the App Store, you must download the app from the App Store to your iPhone. Upon launching you will be asked to log in. I’d like to note for first time users, you must register via the web before you can log in. Registration cannot be completed via the app, at least not for now. Once you’ve registered and logged in to the app, the first screen you’ll land on is the Contacts.

Skype iPhone

For first time users the only contact you will have is the test call to verify your sound works properly. After this, from static bottom navigation bar you can move from Contacts to Messages, the Call screen, or My Info.

Skype profile

The “My Info” page is very important, as it provides a summary of Status, your profile, credits, and much more. The credit is a very important part as only certain parts of the program are free. Basic functions such as Skype-to-Skype calls and one-on-one video calls are free, whereas more advanced features such as group video chat and SMS are subject to charges. For a more detailed list of features and what plans and costs each are subject to, visit the page. These plans vary from simple Pay as You Go to Skype Premium. It is important to note that like registration credit can only be purchased online, not through the app.

So now it’s your turn. What do you like about the Skype app and what do you think could be improved? And with Apple’s inclusion of features like FaceTime on newer generation devices, do you find this app as useful as you once did?