skype on chromebook

There is a web-based version of Skype from Microsoft that you can use on Chromebook to chat with your friends. But unfortunately there is no voice or video support yet.

In this tutorial I will show you how to install Skype android app (.apk file) on Chromebook.

As an alternative for voice and video chatting you may want to try Google Hangouts instead. Hangouts on Chromebooks, Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.

Process

The whole process will take a while, and it will include following steps:

1. Install Evernote
2. Install Twerk
3. Download Skype APK file
4. Drag the APK file into Twerk
5. Set settings
6. Save as an unpacked Extension
7. Load unpacked Extension
8. Launch Skype

1. Install Evernote

You will have to install Evernote, which is a component that Twerk is dependent of. So Evernote is a must.

In Chrome Web Store search for Evernote and install it.

install evernote

2. Install Twerk

Same from Chrome Web Store search for Twerk. Install it by pressing the ‘+ Free’ button, when prompted clicking Add.

add twerk

3. Download Skype APK file

Not all Skype APK files work with Twerk. So here is a copy of APK that will work.

Download Skype Apk.

4. Drag the APK file into Twerk

Open Twerk app, and what you have to do is to drag and drop the downloaded Skype Apk onto the app:

twerk drop apk

5. Set settings

You will have to set the exact same settings as in the screenshot bellow:

twerk set settings

6. Save as an unpacked Extension

You will have to save as an unpacked extension by pressing the pink button at the bottom.

twerk press button

7. Load unpacked Extension

From within Chrome click on the settings then “More Tools” and “Extensions“.

Tick ‘Developer Mode’ check box– this provides you with the option to ‘Load unpacked extensions’.

load unpacked extension

Click on ‘Load unpacked extensions’ and then select the folder which contains the unpacked extension you just created with Twerk.

Before launching the extension you should enable ‘Allow in incognito’ for App Runtime.

app runtime chrome beta

8. Launch Skype

After you loaded the unpacked extension, you will have to Launch it. Click Launch on the unpacked extension, it will take around 30 seconds for the app to load, you will see following.

skype launch unpacked

After load time you will see Skype in a window:

skype on chromebook

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