On the following article, we will look at how to install Skype on Pop!_OS, as its is a very important tool. Skype is a software application that enables you to use public internet to communicate with other people through videos and chats. It can be used on various devices such as mobile phones, computers, smartwatches and tablets. And on the guide below we shall see how you can install Skype on Pop!_OS and use it.

Install Skype on Pop!_OS

You can actually download skype for Linux .deb on the skype downloads page, then install it. The following steps will however, guide you on how to install Skype on Pop!_OS from the command line, so stay until the end.

Step 1. Update your system

Use the command below;

sudo apt update

Step 2. Install wget command if you do not have one

Use the command below to get wget;

sudo apt -y install wget

Step 3. Use wget to download Skype for Linux .deb

To download Skype using wget, use the following command;

wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb

The output;

[email protected]:~$ wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
--2021-05-07 00:47:00--  https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
Resolving go.skype.com (go.skype.com)... 40.118.109.53, 64:ff9b::2876:6d35
Connecting to go.skype.com (go.skype.com)|40.118.109.53|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 301 Moved Permanently
Location: https://get.skype.com/getskype-webwrap-deb [following]
--2021-05-07 00:47:02--  https://get.skype.com/getskype-webwrap-deb
Resolving get.skype.com (get.skype.com)... 52.174.193.75, 64:ff9b::34ae:c14b
Connecting to get.skype.com (get.skype.com)|52.174.193.75|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Found
Location: https://repo.skype.com/latest/skypeforlinux-64.deb [following]
--2021-05-07 00:47:04--  https://repo.skype.com/latest/skypeforlinux-64.deb
Resolving repo.skype.com (repo.skype.com)... 23.46.164.179, 2a02:26f0:7100:486::1263, 2a02:26f0:7100:484::1263
Connecting to repo.skype.com (repo.skype.com)|23.46.164.179|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 117990556 (113M) [application/x-debian-package]
Saving to: ‘skypeforlinux-64.deb’

skypeforlinux-64.de 100%[===================>] 112.52M  5.35MB/s    in 23s     

2021-05-07 00:47:28 (4.92 MB/s) - ‘skypeforlinux-64.deb’ saved [117990556/117990556]

Step 4. Install the downloaded Skype for Linux package

This is done by using the following commands;

sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb

or

sudo dpkg -i ./skypeforlinux-64.deb

The output;

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install ./skypeforlinux-64.deb
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Note, selecting 'skypeforlinux' instead of './skypeforlinux-64.deb'
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  skypeforlinux
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 52 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/118 MB of archives.
After this operation, 300 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 /home/cheronohvalentine/skypeforlinux-64.deb skypeforlinux amd64 8.71.0.36 [118 MB]
Selecting previously unselected package skypeforlinux.
(Reading database ... 215481 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../skypeforlinux-64.deb ...
Unpacking skypeforlinux (8.71.0.36) ...
Setting up skypeforlinux (8.71.0.36) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.64ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24-1ubuntu4) ...

Step 5. Launch Skype for Linux

Once you successfully install Skype on Pop!_OS, you need to launch it. To do this, go to your Pop!_OS desktop environment and search for Skype.

This is how it behaves;

Extra Information

Below is some extra information that might be of help to you;

To update Skype for Linux, use the following commands;

sudo apt update
sudo apt -y upgrade

To remove/uninstall Skype, utilize the following command;

sudo apt remove skypeforlinux 

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