When clicking tel: links in Safari, such as:

<a href="tel:+3361234567890">call</a>

the FaceTime app opens. How can I configure it to open Skype instead?


4 Answers 4


You can change it using a utility called RCDefaultApp - freeware - which installs as a Control Panel. It's old but still works right up to El Capitan [I've not tested on Sierra but see no real reason it shouldn't still work.]

Look for 'tel' in the URLs list & change...

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    Thank you! I'm surprised this tool doesn't belong to MacOS though, or that Safari doesn't provide an explicit setting for this...
    – BenMorel
    Oct 6, 2016 at 21:53
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    Yeah , strangely it's never been in the OS itself, not as far back as I can recall... which is System 6.0.6 The last browser to be able to do it, iirc, was Internet Explorer for Mac, back in Mac OS 9. RCDefaultFolder has been the go-to app for this since about 2004.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 7, 2016 at 5:54
  • Works on Sierra 10.12. Nov 9, 2017 at 9:27

You can change this without an extra app via the preferences in FaceTime. On the Setting tab change the last entry "Default for calls" to Skype. At least this way works for Skype for Business.

  • Alas no more. That option isn't there on my FaceTime 4 on High Sierra Mar 8, 2018 at 11:21
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    The option is available in Catalina.
    – nick
    Feb 13, 2020 at 12:41
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    + works in Catalina, no additional software needed. Thanks.
    – thevolikov
    May 7, 2020 at 10:54
  • Confirm that it works in Big Sur. Actually I was looking for a manner to revert it back to the default setting after installing Skype. The default setting, which is FaceTime, allows integration with your iPhone, enabling your Mac to take or make phone calls.
    – rmartinsjr
    Jan 14, 2021 at 15:20
  • +1 should be accepted answer
    – Dan
    May 31 at 19:34

That FaceTime setting is still available on Mojave.

FaceTime/ Preferences/ Settings/ 'Default for calls' popup list


None of these work very well if you want to use non-native apps. For example, in Chrome, clicking on a tel: link will allow you to forward the call to your phone with a single click dial.

The only good workaround I've found for links I create is to preface the number with https://ctrlq.org/call/1234567890 to call 123-456-7890. This will open all links in your default browser. So if you use Chrome or Ffox it will fwd to your phone.

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