Skype - free IM & video calls
Skype video and voice calls, instant messaging and cheap international calls.
- Current Version: Varies with device
- Updated: January 11, 2018
- Requires Android: Varies with device
- Installs: 1,000,000,000 - 5,000,000,000
The Skype you know and love has an all-new design, supercharged with a ton of new features and new ways to stay connected with the people you care about most.
What can I do with Skype?
â¢ Messaging made awesome: More than just text. Send photos, videos, voice messages, emoticons,Â MojisÂ and more.Â You can also respond to any message from your contacts withÂ reactions.
â¢ Supercharge your chats with Add-Ins**: No more switching back and forth between apps. Easily share content using Add-Ins without leaving Skype.
â¢ Great for groups:Â Add yourÂ favoriteÂ people and start chatting. Use groups to plan together, play together, for staying in touch or just for hanging out.
â¢ Call everyone - Skype, mobiles and landlines:Â Free*Â video and voice calls make it easier to stay connected with friends and family. Youâll also enjoyÂ low calling rates to mobiles and landlines worldwide with Skype.Â
â¢ Never miss a moment with quick capture:Â Quickly swipe to capture photos and videos. Make them your own by adding emoticons, stickers and annotations.
â¢ Share Highlights:Â Keep others updated with Highlights from your day. React to any highlights with awesome emoticons or send a private message about that highlight. Your highlights only stay visible for 7 days to your followers.
*Skype to Skype calls are free. Operator data charges may apply. We recommend using an unlimited data plan orÂ WiFiÂ connection.
** Add-In availability will vary by country.
Weâre gradually bringing the next generation of Skype to everyone.
If you donât see the update yet, donât worry, itâll be coming very soon.
Learn more about the new design and features in the Skype Blog: https://blogs.skype.com/news/2017/06/01/introducing-the-next-generation-of-skype
Upgrading to the new Skype may result in the deletion of content from older conversations.
To save photos and videos that were previously sent or received in an older version of Skype, save that content to your camera roll/photo gallery before upgrading to the new Skype.
Foxymaniac 7 Published date: January 15, 2018
As a single father this is a wonderful app!! This gives my son the opportunity to talk to his mother face-to-face over a phone because sometimes we just can't get there to see her all the time due to life happens. So it allows my son ti see his mommy via Skype! So for that.....they get 5 stars!! Only complaint is the apps alert sound is very quiet and there are times you can't even hear it and you won't see that the other person texted 2 hours ago. Only complaint. So make the alert sound a lot louder and this would be a perfect app!! Full Review
Masum Billah Published date: January 18, 2018
The new version is a bulshit. I use Skype every day I also spent around $40/month to call international mobile number. This version can't brows number from mobile. I have to copy or memories the number than dial. Which is Totally crazy. Old version was amazing. I had no issue with old application. Can I get my old one back. Otherwise I will use different applications to call international mobile number. Skype is great, But not this stuff up version of application Cheers, Full Review
Debanjali Sith Published date: January 12, 2018
The new update is extremely bad!!!! I cannot use other apps while still seeing and talking to the other person on Skype which is the biggest drawback.. please fix it.. other things like the hand up button being on the right side does not help either since everyone is used to the buttons being in the middle.. also the name and connecting and ringing sign going to the left was not really necessary.. please solve the problem soon.. Full Review
A Balta Published date: January 12, 2018
Microsoft must have done some work on the app its gotten a lot better in terms of videocalling and conference calling. I dont really use it for day to day communication ie instant messaging and stuff but I have just had a group call and I honestly did not expect such a good quality call. Thanks a lot and keep it up! Full Review
A Google User Published date: January 14, 2018
After last updates I've started to hear my opponents very bad. Like metal voice throw speakerphone. With any other applications that can able to make video calls I do not have such problem. Of course I should notify that new UI is awful. Full Review
Jason Henry Published date: January 12, 2018
This app is retarded I used it last night for the first time in over 5 years well I went to sighn in today it wouldn't work. Wanted me to go to a Microsoft page I did that. And they said my account has been suspended. And don't have a clue why I haven't sent or done anything out of the ordinary.. this app deserves 0 stars Full Review
Published date: January 14, 2018
Does not download as a proper app icon on my samsung, so have to go on line and find, install and log in everytime!!! General format quiet annoying. Calls are ok, but expensive. Also only invited to rate when I give a call 5 stars on quality. So lots of people experienceing poor call quality don't get to rate this app. All said, at least I can make calls! Full Review
Kumar Suresh Published date: January 13, 2018
This latest update somehow slows the response of the app on the phone. I have a one plus 3T with 6GB ram running Snapdragon 821. Accessing the contacts on the phone is also more difficult. I suggest you guys look into these features to otherwise a good app and make it a great app. I have been a subscriber of Skype for more than 10 years. Full Review
Leigh Published date: January 20, 2018
I used to love Skype until these updates, especially Cortana. This "chat assistant" is an annoying feature that no one wanted or asked for. Now I have her stuck in my recent chat window with no way to remove it. This is why people are switching to messengers like Discord. Full Review
Monica L Published date: January 17, 2018
I would rate it higher but honestly it was better before Microsoft bought it. I had even used it as my phone (with a number) for a time. Just little things here and there have changed and it's not as fun to use anymore. Still, I cannot imagine not using Skype at all. It is a very convenient program and I love the video calling, I just wish that was better quality. Seems when you use the video feature suddenly nothing works as well so I end up using it mostly for text and voice calls. Full Review
Bilal Ahmed Published date: January 12, 2018
Doesn't work with bluetooth headphones. For the last few updates calls default to handset earpiece or phone speaker when I have a bluetooth headset connected. Don't have any problems with other apps like Cisco spark and gotomeeting, but Skype just doesn't work Full Review
Effendi Mohd Published date: January 15, 2018
When I first downloaded it on my Pixel 2 XL, the picture in picture function seemed to work pretty well. The fact that it's really convenient when you wanna keep using certain app while having the video call at the corner of the screen. But just recently, I was unable to do so. When I pressed my home button, it will not pop out at all. Pls help! Full Review
Marli Published date: January 11, 2018
Please fix the overlay, i got a new phone and with that realised Skype had a new update too. The overlay when Skype is in the background should only show up with video chat in my opinion, also whilst video chatting this overlay covers 1/3rd of the other person's video with the added buttons to it. The old overlay worked much better and did its job. There was no reason to change it. Keep it minimal. Full Review
Nerdy Gamer Published date: January 12, 2018
Good app but drains my battery even when it's on the charger itself. I use Skype about every night and with that kind of device breaking glitch, that can cause a lot of people to be really annoyed with the app and uninstall in a heartbeat. Full Review
Published date: January 12, 2018
Newest update sucks big time. Not able to change status or see status. I have to go through many options to just log off. It is also slower. I can't type while I have a video call, because it gets very slow. Full Review
Shella May Pesco Published date: January 18, 2018
The phone app received 4 new messages which I could not find in the pc app. Also the phone app does not clear the "unread messages" label even after I've read them all. And why does the skype in my pc have delay in receiving messages when botg devices are connected to the same internet connection? Full Review
The Catholic Cabbage Published date: January 13, 2018
Absolutely worst messaging app of all time, by far. It used to be decent a long time ago until they decided to fix it. Nothing about the new setups make any sense, they all look really ugly and are hard to use and figure out. Calls, if and when they ever actually connect, sound like the person you're talking to is underwater regardless of the phone or the microphone. It works okay as a texting app, but if you want to call someone, don't bother with Skype. Full Review
Angela Parks Published date: January 15, 2018
Well I went from being able to use Skype on my phone as well as at home on my computer. Now I can only use it on my computer. Some glitch said password was forgotten even though it's the same 1 I used for years for Skype. I can use the Skype on my phone sure - if I want to talk to any of my contacts from over a decade ago from msn messenger which I haven't used in years Full Review
Tanmay Navghare Published date: January 16, 2018
Early version was much better. The new one gets stuck when you click on update profile pic screen. You can't go back without quitting. Same is the case when viewing cards. They get stuck and cannot go back. Full Review
Mohammad Rezwan Published date: January 11, 2018
The UI needs totally remodification. It looks bad. The way you show call history in a chat window is totally disgusting. Look to whatsapp for inspiration. How simple their UI is. Your app's settings takes years to load. How funny. No wonder you are not in top 10 free apps in play store. Even you are not inside 100. Very frustrating. U call this UI redesigned! I am uninstalling it at this moment. Going to whatsapp. Hate u Skype Full Review
Amir Nadeem Published date: January 15, 2018
Cannot use other apps whilst on call to another person. Slows phone down completely and always has a connection issue whilst on video calls. After a while chat messages also slow down when sending and receiving such a bad app wouldn't recommend Full Review
Published date: January 16, 2018
Sometimes the video wont turn off, and sometimes the mute button doesn't work. App also interferes with alarms that are set on phone. If you are in a call your alarm wont go off Full Review
Ryan Maizel Published date: January 18, 2018
Updated 1/18/18 - performance of the app is still TERRIBLE, it's incredibly slow making messaging painful. What's worse now, is you can't use Skype android over Bluetooth, making it completely useless for most calls as well. Skype is only good on pc. If you rely on Skype like I do, you're going to be frustrated by this version, it's practically unusable. If you're new to Skype, stick with the PC version. Full Review
kevin martin Published date: January 19, 2018
I'm new to Skype but I have used it twice now for video interviews and I am extremely impressed with how well it works. There was absolutely no glitches and everything went smoothly. I even think I got the job, so Thanks Skype!! Full Review
James Wilson Published date: January 15, 2018
I had this app for 1 day and twice had to try password recovery. And the final straw was they told me it would take 24 hours to accomplish the recovery. So now I will uninstall it, total junk Full Review
Published date: January 19, 2018
I use to love this app but when it got updated everything became harder. You cannot find people like you used to,signing is a nightmare and the tools are hard to use... Full Review
Peter Quill aka Star Lord Published date: January 14, 2018
This one is dear to me. Due to Skype I am not feeling distanced from my mon and dad. Thank you Microsoft. By far the best video calling app. Better then many because I have tried all and this is the only app which is very smooth Full Review
Eleni Mikroyannidi Published date: January 19, 2018
The app works terribly for Android. I have paid the service for calling abroad and the line always drops although the WiFi signal is excellent. The other side cannot hear you after 2 mins on the call. I blame the app because the desktop app doesn't have the same behaviour. Another major problem is that if you connect Bluetooth headphones/mic the voice doesn't work at all in the app - you get breaking voice although the headphones have been successfully tested. The app is lacking basic performance and for the shake of more features you sacrificed what Skype used to do well - making calls. Full Review
Illia Izotov Published date: January 11, 2018
Really loved this app a long time ago but it gets worth and worth. Actually, I've stopped using it and switched to another one. Battery leaks, missed calls, bad quality of sound makes it impossible to use. Bye bye Skype, Full Review
Daniel de Andrade Levy Published date: January 13, 2018
How can such an important company produce such a awful app?! It is the slowest and worst communication app I have ever tried! I pay different Skype Services but really do not see the point. The app seems really designed by amateurs, simple unbelievable. Full Review
Michael Valente Published date: January 16, 2018
I upgraded my phone (Galaxy S8) and now Skype doesn't even load. I just get the loading screen and nothing else. Also tried it on my i Mac cpu and that doesn't work either... what's the point in having it if it doesn't work. Deleting if not fixed soon. Full Review
Ali Askari Published date: January 19, 2018
I don't know where to start. What was wrong with the old UI/UX? ATLEAST IT WAS FUNCTIONAL. The new app is hard to use and unintuitive. I don't want to follow people Microsoft, I don't want people to follow me. I simply want to call them. The new app is just terrible and the product manager should be fired. What were you smoking? Please bring back the old app. Full Review
mukesh maji Published date: January 13, 2018
After the last update it gies wrong. I cannot see my video call while using other app some time. Before this update, it shows the video call . Which was really a great feature. Please roll back to the previous version. We need that feature Full Review
Fred Meng Published date: January 13, 2018
Upgraded my phone from HTC One M7 to HTC 10 recently but found the current version of Skype has a serious sound distortion problem with HTC 10. The issue makes conversations over Skype nearly impossible. This is the basic and fundamental feature of Skype but unfortunately Microsoft just can't get it done. (Update on 13/Jan/18) The latest update in Jan 18 has fixed the sound distortion issue on my HTC 10. Thanks the Skype team! Full Review
G W Hines Published date: January 14, 2018
Wonderful call quality. I use Skype as my back up phone service. If can't get a signal I can use it with wifi and Skype performs excellent. I don't talk on the phone much. So, I usually do not have unlimited calls. Skype makes up the difference for a lower price. Full Review
Matt J Published date: January 17, 2018
I recently reinstalled Skype because it would occasionally sign me out upon opening the app (although simply exiting and reopening fixed this). However, the Play Store installed the previous version (7). The description on the Play Store says it is version 188.8.131.526, but the latest version is 184.108.40.206.. Wondering why this is and can it be fixed? Full Review
Nikola JankoviÄ Published date: January 12, 2018
Skype is currently slower than any other communication apps I use (Viber, Whatsapp, Slack). Furthermore, it has synchronisation issues where some messages show up on my computer, but not on the phone, or even vice versa. The issue still continues to be present still, an unbelievable low-level issue. Talk about missing MSN Messenger... Full Review
Anthony Schopf Published date: January 11, 2018
You say you are listening to your customers, then why have you not reinstated custom voicemail messages, many people want it back, just reading the Skype support forums shows this! The app on both my phone and computer never rings when a call is coming through ... what's the point of it if you don't know someone is calling you? The app is also painfully slow, please can we have the old app back? Full Review
Eamonn Sadler Published date: January 19, 2018
New version very slow and clunky compared to the old one. The old one was better. New design also bad. Colours and icons make no sense. I prefer to use other apps now. Full Review
Jordan Broly Published date: January 19, 2018
It does what it's supposed to. Video calls are good. Audio and mixed calling works. Messaging is great. My only gripe.... since the redesign the app handles poorly. Loading takes a while. It stumbles a lot from switching between contacts, to pulling up the keyboard, to reopening the app from the background. It's as if the thing is forcing everything onto one core, and poorly. It even causes other apps to fumble when it's in the background. They *really* need to work on this Full Review