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How to Use Skype on Your Nexus 7

Your Nexus 7 doesn’t come with Skype software preinstalled. To get Skype, saunter on over to the Google Play Store and download the Skype app. In case you find multiple apps, get the one that’s from the Skype company itself.

To use Skype, you need a Skype account. You can sign up for one using the app, or you can visit Skype on a computer to complete the process.

When you start the Skype app for the first time, work through the start-up screens. You can even take the tour. Be sure to have Skype scour the Nexus 7’s address book (the People app) for contacts you can Skype. This process may take a while, but if you’re just starting out, it’s a great help.

  • Skype is free to use. Text chat is free. Voice and video chat with other Skype users is also free. But if you want to call a real phone, you need to boost your account with Skype Credit.

  • Don’t worry about getting a Skype Number, which costs extra. Only if you expect to receive calls using Skype is it necessary.

Text chat with Skype works similarly to texting on a cell phone. The only difference is that the other person must be a Skype user. So in that respect, Skype text chat works a lot like Google Talk.

To chat, follow these steps:

  1. At the main Skype screen, touch the Contacts button.

  2. Choose a contact.

  3. Choose the option Send IM, where the IM stands for instant message.

  4. Type your text in the text box.

    The box is found at the bottom of the screen. It says Type Instant Message Here.

  5. Touch the Return key on the onscreen keyboard to send the message.

    As long as your Skype friend is online and eager, you’ll be chatting in no time.

At the far right end of the text box, you find the Smiley button. You can use this button to insert a cute graphic into your text.

  • The Skype Chat notification, shown in the margin, appears whenever someone wants to chat with you. It’s handy to see, especially when you may have switched away from the Skype app to do something else on the Nexus 7. Choose that notification to get into the conversation.

  • You can add more people to the conversation, if you like: Touch the Menu icon button and choose the command Add. Select the contacts you want to join with your chat session, and then touch the Add Selected button. It’s a gang chat!

  • To stop chatting, touch the Back navigation button. The conversation is kept in the Skype app, even after the other person has disconnected.

  • For the chat to work, the other user must be online and available.

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