I am using Gmail and want to add my Skype contact in signature. I know there are ways to add a Skype button using 3rd party plugins and extensions but is there a way where I can add my Skype ID to text and when the user clicks on my ID, he / she is asked to add it to his / her Skype contacts?

I tried using skype:my_skype_username?add in the "Web address" field

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but it doesn't work. I don't know much about HTML. Has someone already done it without using 3rd party plugins, just by using what Gmail provides? If so, it'd be great you could share.

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If you wanted to add a Skype account as a Gmail signature then you have to create a redirecting method like mentioned in the link below. Here's sample HTML:

<html><meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;url=skype:USERNAME?chat" />Redirecting to Skype... you can close this tab/window.</html>

Source : add-skype-click-to-call-button-in-gmail-signature

  • I tried this solution and it works but I want the tab to close automatically after I have accepted the request from Chrome asking to launch the application. I have no knowledge in HTML and CSS.
    – jainam
    Dec 2, 2014 at 9:15

For the legacy, Skype button is no longer supported and it was removed in May 2015 by Microsoft, however adding a Skype account in one click still works.

So please use the following URL as the workaround:


since skype:USERNAME?call Skype URI syntax doesn't work for Gmail signature.

Or read the instructions from this page.



In Gmail signature we got two options:

  1. website
  2. email

So we stick to first option and the best way is shorten the link and change it to http one:

Example : skype:-username?chat or skype:-username?add
use one online shrorten link website like https://is.gd/index.php this website will change the code to URL like: https://is.gd/RQVmSb and you may put this link to your signature

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