How to Make a Skype Call on Alexa

Introduction

In late 2018, Amazon made it possible to link your Skype account to the Amazon Alexa service. After linking your Skype account to Alexa, you can then use voice commands to have Alexa make Skype-to-Skype calls or Skype-to-mobile or Skype to landline calls on your Amazon Echo device. While Skype to Skype calls won’t incur any charges, Skype to either mobile or landline calls will require you to purchase minutes on Skype. As an alternative to Skype to mobile or landline calls, you can still use the Alexa-to-Alexa calling service at no cost. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Make a Skype Call on Alexa

  1. Tap to launch the Amazon Alexa app on your smart device. Your Amazon Alexa home screen opens.
  2. Tap the “Menu” icon in the upper left corner of the screen. The menu icon features three horizontal lines. A menu flies in from the left side of the screen.
  3. Tap “Settings” in the menu. The Settings menu appears.
  4. Tap “Communications” in the Alexa Preferences section. The Communication screen appears.
  5. Tap “Skype” in the Accounts section. The Skype Calling with Alexa screen appears.
  6. Tap “Sign In” at the bottom of the Skype Calling with Alexa screen. A Microsoft account sign in screen appears.
  7. Enter the username associated with the Skype account you want to connect to, and then tap “Next.” Enter the password associated with that account and then tap “Sign In” on the next screen. The next screen asks if you want to give the Amazon Alexa app permission to access your Skype information.
  8. Tap “Yes” to give the Alexa app permission to access your Skype information. A Skype is Linked screen appears. Tap “Done” at the bottom of this screen. You’ll be routed to your Skype account information screen in the Amazon Alexa app.

You can now have your Alexa devices call your Skype friends. Example commands include, “Alexa, call Jackie” or “Alexa, call Jackie on Skype.”

5 Reasons to Make a Skype Call on Alexa

1. Hands-Free Communication

Making a Skype call on Alexa is ideal for those who need to communicate hands-free. This feature is particularly useful for individuals with physical disabilities or when engaged in tasks that require both hands. For example, a person can make calls while cooking, cleaning, or even during a workout. It ensures safety and convenience by eliminating the need to physically handle a device. Additionally, it helps maintain focus on the task at hand without interruption. Users simply activate Alexa with a voice command to start a Skype call, making it an effortless way to stay connected.

2. Ease of Use for Elderly

Elderly users find the voice-activated features of Alexa integrated with Skype extremely user-friendly. As vision and motor skills may decline with age, traditional methods of using smartphones or computers can become challenging. By using Alexa, seniors can initiate and answer calls simply by speaking, which removes the barrier of small touchscreens and complicated interfaces. This capability can significantly enhance their communication with family and friends, promoting better social interactions and reducing feelings of isolation. The simplicity of saying “Alexa, call [name]” empowers them to maintain relationships effortlessly.

3. Multi-Tasking Efficiency

For busy professionals or parents, the ability to make Skype calls via Alexa represents a significant efficiency boost. This integration allows them to handle calls without disrupting their workflow or parental duties. Whether it’s arranging meetings, coordinating with colleagues, or checking in with family, they can do so without stopping their other activities. This seamless multitasking can lead to better time management and increased productivity. Furthermore, it minimizes the disruption often caused by switching between devices or apps, making day-to-day activities more fluid.

4. Accessible in Multiple Locations

Alexa devices are portable and can be set up in various locations within a home or office. This means users can make and receive Skype calls from any room without needing to carry a device around. For example, someone can start a Skype call in the kitchen and continue their conversation in the living room without any interruption. This flexibility is excellent for people who move around a lot during the day and is also beneficial in professional settings where meetings might need to be taken in different offices or conference rooms.

5. Enhanced Audio Quality

Alexa devices are equipped with advanced audio technologies that ensure clear sound quality during Skype calls. This is particularly advantageous in environments with background noise or when the speaker is away from the phone. The technology helps in reducing echoes and improving voice clarity, which enhances the overall communication experience. Clear audio is crucial during professional calls or when speaking with loved ones, as it ensures that no part of the conversation is missed due to poor sound. This reliability in communication technology can make virtual interactions more enjoyable and effective.

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