How To Tell Who Is Talking During A Skype Call

Are you having some trouble focusing on the active speaker on your Skype calls? Or are you wondering if there are any indication when someone is talking in a meeting? In any case, we’re here to help you. We’ll teach you how to tell when a participant is speaking in your Skype calls. Whether you’re using the desktop, web browser, or mobile app, we got you covered.


Skype is one of the best video chatting apps for those who want to communicate with a group of people. It’s perfect for webinars, team meetings, or even virtual gatherings.

During a group call, focusing on whoever’s speaking can be quite a challenge. Although you can recognize the voices of your friends, family, and people you know, that’s not the case when you’re talking to people you never met before.

Fortunately, Skype lets you know whoever is talking on your calls and meetings. On the Android, desktop, and web browser app, the halo around a participant’s icon moves rhythmically whenever he/she speaks on the microphone.

As such, you might see more than one halo pulsating when people are talking at the same time. If you find it hard to focus on the speaker, you can always switch the view layout on your app.

Here’s a guide on how to use the Speaker view on Skype.

How to switch to Speaker view in a Skype call

If you want to focus more on the person that’s actively speaking on your calls, you can use the Speaker view layout instead of the default one. When you’re using this feature, the app automatically displays the person who’s currently speaking on your screen and switches it once someone else starts talking.

While it isn’t much of use during a call with many participants, the Speaker view is perfect for a small group or team meeting. Follow our step-by-step tutorial below, and we’ll teach you how to switch your view layout on Skype.

On Android:
  1. Launch the Skype app and sign-in to your account.
  2. Start a group call from a chat or the Calls tab, or join an existing one.
  3. During a call, tap the call layout option on the upper right side of your screen.

    Note: If you can’t see some of the controls during a call, tap your screen to display them.
  4. On the layouts available, select Speaker view.

That’s how you use the Speaker view on Skype for Android. Aside from calls, you can also use the layout of your meetings on the platform.

Please note that you can only change the view layout during group calls of at least three participants. It doesn’t make sense if you can change it during one-on-one calls.

On your computer:
  1. Open the Skype desktop or web browser app and make sure to sign-in to your account.
  2. Start a call or join an existing one.
  3. Click your current view layout at the upper right side of your screen to open a drop-down menu.

  4. Among the options available, select Speaker view.

If you’re having trouble using the Speaker view in group calls with a large number of participants, you might want to use the “Together mode” layout. This feature displays everyone in a virtual room or amphitheater that can reduce distractions and help you focus on those who are currently speaking.

Aside from changing the view layout during group calls, you can also use the Speaker view and Together mode at your meetings. It doesn’t matter whether you’re hosting or participating in one.

To wrap it all up

During a group call or meeting, it can be challenging to determine which individual is talking, especially if you’re not familiar with the participants. Fortunately, Skype gives you hints on whoever is currently speaking through their icons.

Whenever someone speaks during a call, the halo surrounding their icon pulsates rhythmically. As such, it is possible to see multiple halos moving when people talk at the same time.

Aside from these indications, you can also change the layout of your Skype group calls and meetings. You can use the Speaker view option, which displays anyone that’s currently speaking on your screen. Once someone else starts talking, your view switches automatically.

That’s all we have on our guide about helping you see whoever’s talking on your Skype group calls. Please remember that changing the view layout works on calls with at least three participants and your meetings on the app.

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