Skype is one of the best ways to stay in contact with friends around the world for free so why not use it to call your pets too? Here is how I did it.
Many travelers have to leave behind their best friends when they leave town. No matter if you are a dog lover or a cat lover you will probably miss them at some point while you are gone. If you are fortunate enough to have a friend check in on your pet every couple of days that is great but checking in on your pet anytime is even better. That is why I created a Skype account for my pets to call home and see how they are doing from anywhere in the world.
These days I have two cats, not because I don’t like dogs, but because cats can take care of themselves while I am gone for long periods of time. They only require an occasional check up from a neighbor to double check food, water, and litter box -automatic is the way to go :). Let me be clear, I love dogs too! Dogs are expensive to care for while out of town so at this point in my life I can’t take care of a dog full time. No matter the animals you have at home you can check in on them easily from anywhere on the planet with Skype.
What you will need:
First you will need to download Skype. You will need this on both computers, the one you use to call home and the one the pets will be using to “answer” your call.
I used two laptops to do this but you will need two computers with webcams. If you use a desktop computer you may need an external webcam with a long USB cable in order to achieve the best angle to see your pets. I find a laptop gives me the most flexibility and it easiest to set-up.
Create a Skype account for you and your pet. You need two separate accounts for this to work. I created an additional account called “El Gato” for my cats. Now I can call my cats from my personal account.
Now on the pets Skype settings you will need to tweak a few settings.
- Sign in to Skype (on the pets computer)
- In the menu bar, click Skype > Preferences, and then click Calls.
- In the Calls tab, under Incoming Calls, select Answer automatically and click Configure
4. In the pop-up window that appears, click Answer automatically with video.
Once you change these settings there is no need for your pet to learn how to answer the call. It will auto-connect and the webcam will turn on so you can see them.
Placing Your Pets Webcam in the Best Spot
This is completely up to you. You know where your pets like to hang out or what they like to get into. I chose to set this up over their food bowls. This way I could call the cats over to me when I called in. I can also monitor their water and food levels and can tell a friend to come over if needed.
The Skype video call is set to automatically answer as soon as I call so I can see what they are up to. This way you won’t have to train your cat to answer calls on your laptop. You may need to tweak the camera angle to find what works best for your pets. You should test it out before you leave town.
Be sure to have a power source near by for your laptop so the battery doesn’t die while you are on vacation. If the laptop is set-up near the food and water be sure it is protected from any possible damage. As you can see in my test run below my cat got a little too close and walked over the keyboard of my laptop. Just make sure it is well protected wherever it may be.
Also, be sure to login for your pets on their computer with their Skype account before you leave. Otherwise you will not be able to call them until they are logged in.
And be sure to have an actual human check on your pets while you are away. Checking in on them is great but human interaction is most important for them. They might be a little freaked out from hearing your voice via Skype. It might be best to have a few practice sessions before you leave. Dogs rely on smell so this might confuse them at first as well. Be sure your pet is ok with this method of communication before so you do not startle them when you call in.
So have fun calling home and saying hello to your furry friends from abroad. You can also do this from work but don’t blame me if your coworkers think you’re crazy.
How to Add Contacts in Skype on Windows 10, Windows 8
Seeing that there are two versions of Skype available for Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users, a desktop client and a Store app, we’ll show you how to add contacts to your Skype list on both of them. You’ll see that Skype is very easy to use and you’ll have all your friends in your contacts list in no time.
Skype uses the name of a person for searches, so if you want to add one of your friends that has a Skype ID, it’s as simple and searching for his name and selecting him from the results. In Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, the process is very fast, and you will see a result within seconds.
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In the Skype app for Windows 10, Windows 8, you can find the “Add Contact” button in the bottom menu. To access this menu, you will have right click if you are using a computer, or swipe from the bottom of the screen to reveal it. By clicking on the button, you will see a search window open. In this window, search for your friend’s Skype ID or name and you will see a list of results.
Just select the one that is correct and once you’ve opened his page, you can send them an friendship request, or an IM.
In the Skype Windows 8, Windows 10 desktop client, once you’ve signed in to your Skype ID, you will see a main window on the right, where the conversations will be shown, and a list of contacts on the left. To add a new contact, all you need to do is click on the “person icon” that has a “+” sign next to it. You will find this button between your name and your contacts list. After clicking the icon, you will see a search bar appear, here, you will be able to search for the person that you want to add.
You can search for someone via their Name, Skype ID, email or by their phone number (if they added their phone number to their Skype profile)
How to Make Voice Calls in Skype on Windows 10, Windows 8
Skype is all about calling your friends and eliminating the need to type and send IMs. If you’ve added your friends and they have accepted your request, they will appear in your contact list. Now, if you want to make a voice call (without video) on your Skype desktop client, you can just click on their name and in the main portion of the screen, you will see the IM window where you can talk to your friend.
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In the top part of this window, you will see your friend’s information, avatar, what time it is where he is (useful if you have friends from different countries or continents) and other information. Also in this portion, you will see the green button that says “Call“.
Skype allows two ways of calling friends: over the Internet, which is free, but it requires your friend to also have a Skype account and be online, and to call them directly on their mobile phone. However, the latter option requires your friend’s phone number and your account to have purchased credits.
In the Skype app for Windows 10, Windows 8, you only have to click or tap on the person you want to call, and on the left side of the screen, you will see the option to call them. Besides this option, you also have the possibility to send files, video messages or create a group.
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How to update Amolto Call Recorder on my computer?
Amolto Call Recorder shows information message and prompts to visit our site when a new version is available for download and install. You just need to download and install corresponding product from page “Products“- for Premium version “Download trial” button, for Free version “Download now” link.
How to uninstall Amolto Call Recorder from my computer?
Please follow the steps to remove Amolto Call Recorder from your computer:1. Exit the recorder
2. Click Start menu and then Control Panel
3. Double click Add/Remove Porgrams and navigate Amolto Call Recorder for Skype4. Click “Remove” to uninstall it.After that the recorder will be uninstalled automatically.
How to purchase Premium of Amolto Call Recorder online?
You can buy an activation code via Amolto Online Store and receive licenses via email instantly. The whole registering process is done automatically, that enables you to get registered immediately after purchasing a license. The activation process is illustrated below:
Is the license fee for Premium an annual fee or one time only?
The license fee is a one time purchase. No additional cost is involved. This includes unlimited free future updates and free support via email.
When I buy a license is the activation code tied to my Skype account?
No, the Premium activation code is independent of your Skype account name. You are able to use Premium with different Skype IDs.However, as Premium needs to be activated on your system it is only working for the particular Windows user account for which you activated it.
Can I use the same Premium activation code on my work and home PC?
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Is my Premium activation code valid only for the current release?
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I bought a license but did not get an email with my activation code
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How do I upgrade to Premium?
If you are using free version of Amolto and want to upgrade to Premium you just need to download and install Premium product from page “Products“- “Download trial” button. Your old recordings will be safe that makes upgrading from free version much easier.
Is there any functional limitation during the trial period?
Restrictions for Trial version of Amolto Premium: – Only 5 minutes for video recording, audio recording is unlimited – Video contains a banner with advertising information (will be removed after activation)
I lost my Premium activation key, where can I get the number again?
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I have bought one license of Premium and want to install on all PCs in my company. Is that allowed?
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