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Thanks to multiple on-going disputes between Google and Microsoft, along with the former’s desire to push their own Hangouts app The Best All-In-One Messaging & Calling App For Android: Google Hangouts The Best All-In-One Messaging & Calling App For Android: Google Hangouts What if there was one app that could do it all? Meet Google Hangouts for Android. Read More , there has never been a way to natively install Skype on a Chromebook.

Previously, if you really wanted Skype on your machine, your only option was to install Linux as a second operating system on your machine, then use the Linux version of the software Skype on Linux: Is It Functional, Or Falling Behind? Skype on Linux: Is It Functional, Or Falling Behind? Is the Linux port of Skype still a functional application, or is it in need of some tender loving care by its developers? Let's take a look. Read More .

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The lack of Skype is regularly cited as one of Chromebook owners’ biggest gripes, and is also frequently mentioned by would-be buyers as a major factor in their decision not to make the purchase.

All that has now changed. Chromebook owners, here’s how to install Skype on your device.

Finding Out Which Processor You Have

In our instructions about how to install Linux on a Chromebook How to Install Linux on a Chromebook How to Install Linux on a Chromebook Do you need Skype on your Chromebook? Do you miss not having access to games through Steam? Are you pining to use VLC Media Player? Then start using Linux on your Chromebook. Read More , we noted that if you had an ARM-based processor, you’d struggle to make a second operating system work effectively.

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That is no longer a problem as you won’t need to install Linux, but you do need to be clear which processor your machine uses so that you can download the correct files.

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To find out which processor you have, click the Menu button in the top right hand corner of the Chrome browser, then Settings > About Chrome OS. You will see either 32-bit, 64-bit, or ARM after the version number.

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Download the Necessary Files

You’ll need two files – the ARChon Runtime zip file and the Skype APK file.

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Download the ARChon file that corresponds with your processor by either going to Vlad Filippov’s GitHub page or clicking one of the following links:

32-bit ARChon Runtime zip file
64-bit ARChon Runtime zip file
ARM ARChon Runtime zip file

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You can find the latest Skype release by doing a Google Search for “Skype APK”, or by downloading one of the two links below. The difference between the two links is merely aesthetic – do you want a landscape app or a portrait app?

Skype APK – Smartphone
Skype APK – Tablet

Unzip the Files

It’s not always obvious how to zip and unzip files on a Chromebook 3 Simple Ways to Zip and Unzip Files on a Chromebook 3 Simple Ways to Zip and Unzip Files on a Chromebook One of the biggest queries about functionality is whether or not Chromebooks have the ability to zip or unzip files. A lot of users think the devices are incapable of completing this seemingly-simple task. Read More .

Firstly open the Files app, then double click on “v1.2-x86_xxx.zip”. This is the ARChon Runtime file. You will be presented with a new file called “vladikoff-archon-xxxxxxxxx”. Right click on this file and paste it into your Downloads folder.

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Do the same with Skype – double click the Skype.zip file and copy and paste the Skype folder inside it into the Downloads folder.

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Install the Files

Once you’ve got the two files downloaded and unzipped, the next step is installing them. Installing non-Chrome Web Store apps How Safe Is The Chrome Web Store Anyway? How Safe Is The Chrome Web Store Anyway? A Google-funded study has found that tens of millions of Chrome users have add-ons harboring malware installed, representing 5% of total Google traffic. Are you one of these people, and what should you do? Read More requires a slightly different process.

Firstly, you’ll need to enable App Developer Mode. Do this by clicking Menu, then More Tools > Extensions, and finally marking the checkbox next to “Developer mode” in the top right hand corner.

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Now click on “Load unpacked extension“. You need to unpack both the vladikoff-archon-xxxxxxxxx file and the Skype file. Do the ARChon Runtime one first.

Once they are unpacked you will see a lot of red under the new apps in the Extensions list. You can ignore this.

Running Skype

That’s it. Skype should now be accessible in your apps tray. The first time you run the app it could take up to one minute to load, so be patient.

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You can log in using your Skype credentials or your Windows account – though I found using my Skype account resulted in much faster loading times.

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There are a few other things to keep in mind. Firstly, if you uncheck “enabled” next to Skype or the ARChon Runtime in your extensions list, you will have to repeat the whole process. Secondly, you can delete the zip files themselves from your Downloads folder, but not the files you extracted from them. Finally, you can now download the ARChon Packager from the Play Store to convert any other Android app into a Chrome app by using the same method.

Any Problems?

Let us know how you get on. Did it work for you? If you have any questions or problems please let us know in the comments below and we’ll endeavor to help you.

Happy Skyping!

  1. riley
    November 11, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    how do i share screens

  2. memekid
    November 2, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I'm doing this on a school Chromebook and skype just loads the logo for 5 seconds then closes

  3. Hackman
    October 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I installed on my Chromebook 100S and it works fine ,both video and audio..good job.

  4. Hackman
    October 19, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I installed on my Levono 100s chrombook and it works great...both audio and video...thanks

  5. cali
    August 24, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    ok

  6. Dani
    August 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Stats: I have the 64 bit version, Toshiba CB 35 4gm RAM (Internal SSD 128g). I installed the 64B-bit ARChon and the TABLET version of Skype. Two things I noticed NOT in the instructions. 1) If you have an older version of Skype for Chromebook (that only allowed texting) you will need to delete it. I inadvertently spend 15 minutes clicking on that old icon in my tray after the install wondering why the updated version of Skype wasn't working. I eventually found the new version in the app tray (tap the Magnifying glass button then All Apps folder). Found the new version of Skype and clicked on that. Still didn't work. So I restarted the Chromebook. Now it works like a charm.

    • cali
      August 24, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      i like you Dani

  7. René
    August 2, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Loaded successfully via your instructions, but not able do video chat when clicking on the video icon; it only rings/connects via phone (voice format), although BOTH the video & phone icon are seemingly available. Also, the video screen in a narrow vertical format even though I set-ti up for tablet (landscape app), not mobile. Close, but no cigar :(

  8. MarNor
    July 30, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I have a message that popped up in lower right: ARCHRON-V1.2-x86_64.zip
    An operatin is taking longer than expected. Do you want to abort it?

    What do I do about this? Does this suggest I didn't follow the instructions, or misunderstood them?

    A similar error message came up with the Skype zip file. (Yes, I clicked them, got the unzipped folder, moved this to 'downloads' and selected this with 'unpack extensions' ..)

    The skype window just sits at the open screen .. nothing is happening.

  9. pyper
    July 11, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    my Samsung chrome wont let me hit the load unpacked extensions button, it wont let me even have the option to click on it.

  10. Emma Tiso-Pagani
    July 9, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Followed the directions and still got this pop-up when trying to install Skype:

    Package is invalid. Details: 'Could not load extension icon 'icon/128.png'.'.

  11. rosalina
    July 6, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    i did as was told, but i can not use video-shat or send files

  12. Pheros
    July 3, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Installed and working beautifully. My only question is abotu this from the last paragraph above "...Finally, you can now download the ARChon Packager from the Play Store to convert any other Android app into a Chrome app by using the same method..." I went to the play store but it won't allow me to download the ArChon Packager to my chromebook, only will let me download to my phone...

    Any help?

  13. Lucie
    July 1, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    The outcome is the same as your clear directions, but now all I get is the gray page with the Skype S and nothing loads to a sign on page. What have I done wrong?

    • Isaac Bamgbose
      July 30, 2016 at 11:25 am

      me too

  14. Andras Ranki
    June 9, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I got stuck at the Menu. I could find no 'more tools-extensions'

  15. zmz
    June 5, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you! It worked so well.

  16. Jason
    May 30, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    So I did everything and it all worked out okay until this one point. I went into menu > more tools > extensions and clicked on "load unpacked extensions." I unpacked the ARChon Runtime successfully but not the skype app. Please help anyone because I am determined to get skype for my chromebook.

  17. asdf
    May 26, 2016 at 2:42 am

    installed ok. After 10 minutes of waiting, looking at the skype icon after starting the app, it doesn;t go any further. No menu, login field etc.

    • abcdefg
      July 17, 2016 at 4:16 am

      same here. Did this ever resolve for you?

      • Isaac Bamgbose
        July 30, 2016 at 11:26 am

        me too

  18. basile
    May 23, 2016 at 6:05 am

    successfully installed Skype but cannot sign in with Outlook account

  19. Oliver
    May 19, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Thank you so much, this helped out a lot!

  20. Harragan
    May 13, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Yep Works well, Good Guide. Cheers.

  21. Chris
    May 7, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    It did not work for me :(

  22. Andrew Lecours
    April 6, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    I am a huge tech-guy and I was NOT able to do this, I have tried over 4 techniques to run Skype on chromebook! Like the android on chromebook, didn't work, but this one :D!! AWESOME! You can see I am good at this stuff, my YT Channel is TechGuyYT, I Have tried these types of things, look it up!!

    -THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  23. ritz
    April 5, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    please teach me..its hard cant follow

  24. Martha
    March 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    It worked perfectly!!!
    I am a mega anti techy ans STILL I was able to do it!
    Thank you sooooooo much : )

  25. Alian
    March 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Great guide! it works on toshiba cromebook cb30-102

  26. ZONGO T. Aristide
    March 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Doesn't work for me , on a hp chromebook

  27. alex
    February 24, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Your instructions for getting other apps were kind of hard to understand, but i just really want to get plants vs zombies for my chromebook

  28. Yvonne
    February 15, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Worked for 1 second... now Skype just closes immediately after i open it :(

    • kopeckmt
      March 5, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      me to. i dont know how fix it :/

  29. Zoe
    February 12, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    None of the three things appeared after the version number

  30. Frédérique
    February 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Cancel previous comment! It doesn't work anymore. The 1st time it opened (but said Skype was not connected), the second time... nothing. I click on the icon and nothing happens.

  31. Frédérique
    February 12, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Everything went fine, except when I turn Skype on, it says it´s not connected... (Toshiba Chromebook 2)

    • Caroline
      February 20, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Mine seems to be working fine so far....Just connected it today....But it's a small screen since the only options were downloads for phone or tablet.

  32. thomas
    January 23, 2016 at 1:56 am

    I need help!!!

  33. thomas
    January 23, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Did not work for me...

  34. Emily
    January 15, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Amazing! Thank you so much for this info. I love my Chromebook, but I really need skype

  35. Martin
    January 14, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Installed the ARM ARChon Runtime on my Asus Chromebook C100 Flip but I could not get the skype app to work but the Evernote app stopped working ;-)

  36. Sydney
    January 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    My chromebook only has 8 gigs. Will this take up lots of space?

  37. dp
    January 9, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Works on an Acer CB3-111 Chromebook so far, I only signed in and haven't made a call yet. Thanks!

  38. Hemant
    January 6, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Using ASUS Intel Core i3 Chromebox.. The extensions got unpacked. When Skype is run, the app opens up with the Skype logo but nothing happens after that...

  39. Albert
    January 5, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Works fine with Toshiba chromebook 2

  40. Hekuta
    December 27, 2015 at 7:39 am

    ok so now ARChon wont appear in the extentions menu, Ive cpied it to the downloads folder but like said but skype appears and ARChon doesn. what do i do?

  41. Hekuta
    December 27, 2015 at 7:06 am

    i cant seem to find the extensions menu

  42. ff
    December 25, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    On Samsung it just shows logo

  43. Paula
    December 25, 2015 at 3:16 am

    so far so good for me - testing with family in a couple of hours - but it loaded fine and a test video call started up - no one there to answer yet. Thanks! (Dell chromebook)

  44. seth
    December 23, 2015 at 1:26 am

    Does not for the HP cromebook

  45. Julie
    December 9, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Doesn't work for me - I just get the SKYPE splash screen. I waited for well over a minute as advised, but - nothing ....

  46. JCK
    December 9, 2015 at 3:23 am

    all went well with my download but Skype is only talk, no video. My camera works as I was able to take a profile pic for my Skype. -john

  47. wide
    December 4, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Does not work for the toshiba chromebook 2 either. Only the skype logo shows up but no further actions. Will there be any cure for this problem in the closer future?)

  48. Emanuel
    November 30, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    if it didn't work for you, go back into the menu and launch skype from there.

  49. Mick Baines
    November 28, 2015 at 8:00 am

    It worked for me. Thanks.

  50. Delilah Zoe
    November 8, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Hey, I seem to be having the same problem with being stuck on the splash page -- it is just a gray/white background with the small skype logo. I have an Acer c720, and I am not sure about my OS. These instructions were out in June, maybe they are already outdated? Thanks to the writer and Vlad anyways, I appreciate your doing your best to help us out of a bind. You are heroes.

  51. Ben Deutz
    November 5, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Tried this on my Acer C810 (ARM, Chrome OS Version: 46.0.2490.71). I tried the Smartphone and the Tabletversion. Both are stuck in the splash screen, any suggestions?

  52. ayesha umar
    October 27, 2015 at 9:02 am

    can somebody help me plz?????? i tried but i did not understand

  53. Moorhound MC
    September 30, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Having quite bit of trouble with ALL different methods ;-;
    I can never get Skype to load a second time. It works fine the first.

    • Hans de Jong
      September 30, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Have you tried what happens when you log off out of skype and leave the skype window open?

      • Moorhound MC
        October 1, 2015 at 1:10 am

        OK so i kept trying and now Skype consistently opens (WIN) but it says not connected.
        So i logged out and back in (with window staying open) and it says I am connected (well actually it says I am available) but any messages I send just say 'Pending'

  54. Nathan Anderson
    September 7, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Everything installed alright, but my video is cut off on the edges, so I'm just getting a small vertical slice. Anyone having a similiar issue?

  55. Hans de Jong
    September 7, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I followed your instructions and succeeded to install skype on my Toshiba Chromebook 2. Starting up Skype went smoothly. I tested the voice on Echo en it sounds great!

    I still have to test the video.

    • Hans de Jong
      September 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      I cheered too early. Now each time I start up Skype, the splash screen dissappears after a few seconds.

      • Hans de Jong
        September 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm

        I have to delete the Skype extension and load it again to get it working. Allow in incognito is greyed out for Skype.

        Logging in with a microsoft account takes ages

        • Hans de Jong
          September 12, 2015 at 1:34 pm

          A number of times I could start up Skype with no problem. I think it happens because I have logged out of Skype in the former session.

  56. LaTanya Faye Jareth
    August 12, 2015 at 1:35 am

    I have it installed and everything, but whenever I try to send a message it just says pending

  57. Andrew Smith
    June 7, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Hey Dan! Thanks so much for the step by step. Got it installed on my Samsung Series 3 Chromebook. Just logging in as we speak. You say this may take awhile?

  58. Eric Dzengeleski
    June 6, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I was able to install and run Skype on my Chromebook after replacing the 64-bit ARChon Runtime zip file with ARChon 2.1.0 Beta (ARC 41.4410.238.0) for my Intel x86 Chrome 64-bit / Chrome OS 64-bit Chromebook. Found here: http://archon-runtime.github.io/. (The first download button on the left of the mirror button)

    After the download finishes I opened up the extensions menu and then I loaded the downloaded ARChon file via the load unpacked extension button. This will replace the 64-bit ARChon Runtime zip file with ARChon 2.1.0 Beta. Then launch your Skype extension and you should be good to go.

    Do not fear Skype splash screeners, I was stuck on the splash for a solid five hours.

    • Moorhound MC
      September 30, 2015 at 12:34 am

      Please help me ;-;

  59. igotforgot
    June 4, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Toshiba Chromebook 2. I made it past the splash screen but it's stuck on the blue "signing in" screen.

  60. John Robertson
    June 4, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I bought a chromebook last week with intentions to really like it. The absence of Skype was my problem in addition to PPTP VPN, but thats for another vote. It is awesome to see strides being taken to get Skype up and going. Maybe in the future I will pick another one up, but for right now it can't replace my Macbook.

    • Dan Price
      June 4, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      What makes you think it can't replace a MacBook?

      • John Robertson
        June 4, 2015 at 4:46 pm

        For me....I need Skype, and no I do not want to use Hangouts. I need to be able to connect to company VPN, and as of right now, its still PPTP.

  61. Brendan Kiely
    June 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I'm also stuck on the Skype splash screen after selecting it from the apps tray. I'm using toshiba cb30-b007

    • Dan Price
      June 4, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      How long did you leave the splash screen for? It can take up to five minutes. If not, are you certain you downloaded the correct versions of the files for your system?

      • Brendan Kiely
        June 4, 2015 at 10:25 pm

        I even waited overnight but still stuck on the splash screen. Confirmed 64 bit version. Tried both smartphone and tablet versions. Rebooted etc. Still no good

        • Brendan Kiely
          June 9, 2015 at 12:42 pm

          I did a powerwash and tried the process again. This time it worked!

  62. Charles Bonfante
    June 4, 2015 at 7:30 am

    No joy I'm afraid. Installed everything and the skype icon appeared. Clicked on this and all that is appearing is the skype splash screen. Nothing else. Disappointing. I'm on an Acer C720.

    • Dan Price
      June 4, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      How long did you leave the splash screen for? It can take up to five minutes. If not, are you certain you downloaded the correct versions of the files for your system?

      • Charles Bonfante
        June 4, 2015 at 8:13 pm

        About 20mins and then gave up. All that's appearing is the skype logo in the middle of a large grey box. I attempted to uninstall and reinstall twice with no effect. Pity, I was looking forward to get this working.
        I'm using the 64bit version. I can assure you everything has been downloaded and extracted correctly.

  63. alcvanamelsvoort
    June 3, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I'm stuck at this point. Firstly open the Files app, then double click on “v1.2-x86_xxx.zip”. This is the ARChon Runtime file. You will be presented with a new file called “vladikoff-archon-xxxxxxxxx”. Right click on this file and paste it into your Downloads folder. The only available option is 'Copy'

    • Dan Price
      June 4, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Hi alcvanamelsvoort

      Copy the file first, then paste it into your Downloads folder :)

      Dan

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