Skype alternatives when will not connect

By Daniel Chubb - Sep 21, 2015

If Skype will not connect, then you might be looking for alternatives when making a video call on Mac, PC, or mobile platforms like Android and iOS. There’s a number of reliable Skype alternatives across these platforms that see increased use during problems to the most popular service, although not everyone would agree with online reviews after using these Skype like apps and web services.

Due to the major Skype outage taking place today, we thought it would be a good idea to list a few alternatives for Product Reviews readers to try. This might be handy if you are not able to get the web app working either, so take a look below and let us know what solutions you rate the highest in the comments.


Skype alternatives for mobile and PC – there’s plenty of popular messaging and video call services you can use, but this is a list of names you might want to try when looking for an alternative to Skype. Tox is seen as the internet’s answer to Skype by some, Slack is free option that comes with lots of credibility, Viber claims to be one of the best when it comes to free calls, picture sharing, and text.

Another great option well worth considering is WeChat, as this app connects half a billion people on many platforms that include the Apple Watch. You will be able to benefit from free calling and messaging. ICQ is one of the longest running apps and this now offers free voice calls and video calls on all major platforms.

You should also consider Google Chrome Hangouts, Firefox VoIP addons, and also TeamSpeak that is used a lot by those that play video games. The latter option has downloads for Android, iOS, Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows PC.

Let us know what you think about the above Skype alternatives.

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Also See: List of issues requires major Skype update for Windows desktop


  • Branden

    Skype will still not connect for me, how long has it been down? I will try one or two of these alternatives now and see if any are worth keeping.