Run Skype on Raspberry Pi

Skype is available on many platforms but not on Raspberry Pi (or ARM-based Chromebooks). In this post, we will tell you how to run Skype on Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 using ExaGear Desktop, which allows to run x86 apps on ARM mini PCs.

P.S.: keep in mind that with ExaGear Desktop you can use not only Skype but other chat (e.g. Telegram), music (e.g. Spotify), productivity (e.g. Dropbox) and many other apps on your Raspberry Pi.

Skype installation instruction

1. Configure PulseAudio. As described in release notes of Raspbian remove the volumealsa plugin from the taskbar – just right-click anywhere on the taskbar, choose “Add/Remove Panel Items”, and remove the “Volume Control (ALSA)” item from the list.

3. Please note that you should set your Raspberry Pi 2 device overclocked in order to achieve good quality Skype voice calls. Open Terminal (command line) and execute the following command:

4. Download ExaGear Desktop archive with installation packages and license key. Unpack downloaded archive using the following command in Terminal:

6. Enter the guest x86 system using the following command:

8. It is recommended to update apt-get repositories on the first launch of the guest system:

9. Download Skype for Debian:

11. Run Skype from Raspbian Start menu:

12. Check that Skype Sound Devices use PulseAudio server:

This is it. Now you can make your Skype calls.

Here you can find a brilliant lifehack of how to make video and audio calls work great.

Please note that running Skype on Raspberry Pi 1 and Raspberry Pi Zero is not possible because of lack of NEON support in the hardware of these devices.

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