Skype URIs: FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about using Skype URIs in your applications and webpages.

Each Skype Button must have a unique ID. The easiest way to create the right code is to use the Skype Buttons generator. However, if you want to use a Skype Button with the same function and Skype Name more than once on the same webpage, you’ll need to change the ID yourself to make it unique again.

The format of the ID is:

SkypeButton_function_#username_sequence

In this example:

  • function is either "Call" or "Chat".

  • username is the Skype Name of the person you want the Button to call or chat with.

  • sequence is a sequence number to make the ID string unique within your webpage.

This ID appears in two places in the generated code. Both places must be the same, as shown in the following example.

<div id="SkypeButton_Call_#echo123_1">
  ...
  "element": "SkypeButton_Call_#echo123_1",
  ...

Correct example

Here, the sequence number portion of the div element’s attribute has been incremented from 1 to 2 for both the id attribute value and the "element" property value. The div element’s ID is once again unique, and it matches the "element" property value.

<div id="SkypeButton_Call_#echo123_2">
  ...
  "element": "SkypeButton_Call_#echo123_2",
  ...

Incorrect example

Here, the div element’s id attribute has been incremented to make it unique, but the "element" property value has not been updated to match.

"element" property value has not been updated to match. 
<div id="SkypeButton_Call_#echo123_2">
  ...
  "element": "SkypeButton_Call_#echo123_1",
  ...

We actively work to ensure a consistent experience when using URIs across all supported platforms. However, we cannot always guarantee that URIs will work across all Android devices. The best experience will always be on the latest version of the Skype client.

You can download and install the Skype for Android client on your device from the Android Market or Google play store.

The generated Skype Button code is hard-linked to the Skype CDN (Content Delivery Network) using the HTTP protocol, but will also work over HTTPS.

Existing code: <script type="text/javascript" src="http://cdn.dev.skype.com/uri/skype-uri.js">

If you are embedding Skype buttons on a page that uses SSL, you can change the CDN link from HTTP to HTTPS to avoid the browser warning message about potential insecure content when users view the page.

Modified code: <script type="text/javascript" src="https://cdn.dev.skype.com/uri/skype-uri.js">

Skype has two different clients for Windows 8 users. The first, Skype for Desktop, will seem very similar to our existing Skype for Windows client. The second, however, Skype for Windows 8, is something completely new and visually stunning. We’ve built Skype for Windows 8 from the ground up to enable the best of what Skype and Windows 8 have to offer.

The best way to integrate Skype into your Windows Store App is to use Skype URIs, which are simple, cross-platform links that you can use to initiate Skype calls and chats in Skype clients.

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