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How to Place a Skype Video Call on Your Android Tablet

On your Android tablet, placing a video call with Skype is easy: Start up a text chat. After the conversation starts, touch the Video Call icon. The call rings through to the contact, and if that person wants to video-chat, they pick up in no time and you’re talking and looking at each other.

When someone calls you on Skype, you see the Skype incoming-call screen. Touch the Answer icon to take the call. You may also see a Video button to accept an incoming video call. Touch Decline to dismiss the call, especially when it’s someone who annoys you.

The incoming-call screen appears even when the tablet is sleeping; the incoming call wakes up the tablet, just as a real call would.

When you’re in a Skype video chat, the screen looks like this. Touch the screen to see the onscreen controls, if they disappear.

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Touch the red End Call icon to end the call.

  • Voice and video chat on Skype over the Internet are free. When you use a Wi-Fi connection, you can chat without incurring a loss of your cellular plan’s data minutes.

  • You can chat with any user in your Skype contacts list by using a mobile device, a computer, or any other gizmo on which Skype is installed.

  • Video chat may be available only over Wi-Fi or 4G connections. You may see a warning displayed before using video chat on the mobile data network.

  • It’s impossible to tell whether someone has dismissed a Skype call or simply hasn’t answered. And Skype has no voice mail so that you can leave a message.

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