Chromebooks are great at so many things. They’re an inexpensive alternative to many laptops, and their storage is largely cloud based for extra convenience. You can use them for all of your chat needs, but if you want to use Skype for Chromebook, you’re out of luck. Sort of.
Google and Microsoft are competitors, and fierce ones at that. As a result, the Skype app isn’t available to Chromebook users.
That doesn’t mean you can’t use Skype on Chromebooks though, you just can’t download the app. The browser version of Skype is still on the table.
Before you keep reading, it’s worth mentioning there are more Chromebook-friendly video chat options available — Google’s own Hangouts is a solid alternative. However, if you and your friends or family have gotten used to Skype group chats, it might be even more of a bother to try to convince everyone to switch over on your account.
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Here’s how to use Skype for Chromebook:
- Open your Chrome browser.
- Navigate to the Skype website.
- Log in using your username (or email account or phone number) and password.
Once you’ve signed in, that’s it. You’re done. You’re now ready to use Skype to chat with friends, use video, add new contacts, and everything else you usually do — on a Chromebook.
Have you had any problems using Skype on Chromebook? Are you a fan? Do you have any alternatives you like to use for video chat on Chromebook? Let us know in the comments.
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