The thing we’ve long-loved about Skype is the ability to conduct a video chat with relative ease, but it wasn’t until just last week that you could video chat right from your iOS devices. That’s why we wanted to take a minute to show you how to utilize Skype’s new video calling features.
Video calling has to be one of the greatest advantages of using Skype. The service provides great video quality, and in the case of the iPhone, you can also accept and send video call requests when you’re on both Wi-Fi and 3G. This is something FaceTime has yet to do.
What You’ll Need
>> iPhone or iPod touch with video capabilities
>> Skype Account
>> Skype 3.0 from the iTunes App Store (You can update if you have an older version)
Placing a Video Call
To place a video call to someone using Skype, you must first add the person as a contact. To do this, tap on Contacts in the application and tap the Plus (+) button in the top-right corner of the screen.
Once there, follow the prompts to add the contact you wish to video chat with.
Once the person has been added to your contacts list, tap on their name in the list. Your contacts that are available to do video chat will have a small camera icon to the right of their name and status message.
To initiate a call, tap on their name from the contacts list to be brought to their profile page. From here, click on the Video Call button. The video request will be sent and in a few seconds, you’ll be chatting right from your iOS device.
Switching to a Video Call from a Standard Call
If you are already in a standard audio-only call in Skype, you can easily switch to a video call. If the person you’re talking to has video chatting capabilities, a Video Call button will be placed in the action buttons in the center of the screen.
Once you tap on this button, the call will be switched over to a video chat.
In-call Video Options
Skype offers a few different options, similar to the desktop client, when video chatting in their iOS app. When chatting, you’ll notice a black, glossy bar at the top of the screen. From here, you can tap on the Mute button to have the audio on your iPhone or iPod touch muted during the call.
There is also a Camera button. When you tap on this button, you’ll be presented with three options: No Camera, Front Camera, or Rear Camera. Tapping on No Camera will bring the call back to audio-only, while tapping on the Front or Rear camera buttons will switch to the designated cameras on your device.
The options bar will automatically hide after a few seconds of inactivity, but you can bring it back with a single tap on the center of the screen.
If you need to leave the application to check your mail or do something else in iOS, you can do so by pressing the home button. Your video will be paused, but the call will still be in progress in the backfround. When you return back to Skype via the multitasking screen, your video call will resume.
(Via Mac|Life all.)