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 both the YouTube video above and the image collection located beneath the steps.
Steps to Make a Skype Call on Alexa
- Tap to launch the Amazon Alexa app on your smart device. Your Amazon Alexa home screen opens.
- 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.
- Tap “Settings” in the menu. The Settings menu appears.
- Tap “Communications” in the Alexa Preferences section. The Communication screen appears.
- Tap “Skype” in the Accounts section. The Skype Calling with Alexa screen appears.
- Tap “Sign In” at the bottom of the Skype Calling with Alexa screen. A Microsoft account sign in screen appears.
- 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.
- 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.”