Skype 12+

Talk. Chat. Collaborate‪.‬

Skype Communications S.a.r.l

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    • Offers In-App Purchases



Skype keeps the world talking. Say “hello” with an instant message, voice or video call, no matter what device they use Skype on. Chat with the new Bing in Skype, and get AI-powered answers, recommendations, and inspiration. Skype is available on phones, tablets, PCs, and Macs.

• Video calls – Don’t just hear the cheers, see them! Get together with 1 or 49 of your friends and family on a HD video call. Watch everyone’s smiles and cries when you tell them “We’re engaged!!!"
• Chat – Reach people instantly. Send messages to your friends, grab someone’s attention with @ mentions, or create a group chat to plan a family reunion.
• Bing in Skype – Chat with the new Bing in your individual and group chats to get AI-powered answers, right within the context of your conversations. Ask for recommendations to help make plans together and get inspired and have fun by asking Bing for ideas.
• Share – Send photos and videos with your family and friends. Save shared photos and videos to your camera roll. Share your screen to make travel plans with friends or present designs to your team.
• Voice calls – Camera shy? Make voice calls to anyone in the world on Skype. You can also call mobile and landlines at low rates.
• Express yourself – Liven up conversations with emoticons, GIFs, stickers, images from your device or web.
• SMS - Use Skype to send SMS messages to mobiles worldwide.

Skype to Skype calls are free. Operator data charges may apply. We recommend using an unlimited data plan or WiFi connection.

Microsoft Account required. Bing in Skype is available via the Bing preview waitlist. To learn more and sign-up visit:

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• EU Contract Summary:

Access Permissions:
All permissions are optional and require consent (you can continue using Skype without granting these permissions, but certain features may not be available).

• Contacts - Skype can sync and upload your device contacts to Microsoft's servers so that you can easily find and connect with your contacts that already use Skype.
• Microphone - The microphone is needed for people to hear you during audio or video calls or for you to record audio messages.
• Camera - The camera is needed for people to see you during video calls, or for you to be able to take photos or videos whilst you’re using Skype.
• Location - You can share your location with other users or use your location to help find relevant places near you.
• Photo Library - Storage is needed to be able to store photos or to share your photos with others you may chat with.
• Notifications - Notifications allow users to know when messages or calls are received even when Skype is not actively being used.
• Siri - This allows Siri to make calls in Skype.
• Calendar - Access to the calendar is so that calls can be scheduled and added to the calendar.
• Motion Usage - Motion usage is used so that Skype can detect when your device is rotated, so that Skype can orientate the camera correctly.

What’s New

Version 8.95.1

We’re listening to your feedback and working hard to improve Skype. Here’s what's new:
- Introducing the new Bing in Skype preview experience. Chat with Bing individually or add to groups to get AI-powered answers, right within the context of your conversations.If you want to try it yourself, sign up for the Bing preview waitlist by signing into Skype or at
- Bug fixes and stability improvements

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
6.5K Ratings

6.5K Ratings

Editors' Notes

From the new baby to the latest sales figures, Skype makes sharing our big news better. Anyone can start calling, texting and video-conferencing—or even dialing landlines—thanks to the intuitive design. With zillions of Skype users to connect to, it’s one of the most useful apps on our iPhone and Apple Watch.

RobboCop86 ,

Good quality calls, but not the best interface

Despite having an account for many years and rarely using it, I have been much more active over the last month or two (along with quite a few others obviously).

The quality of the calls (connection, lag, video quality etc) is quite good despite me often having fairly poor connections to the internet. In the end of the day, this is the most important factor for this style of application.

The interface is a little confusing when you are setting it up, but again, once its all done and you are used to it, the service itself is quite good.

I have generally been opposed to video calls, as normally I like to clean/do other things when on the phone (and thats perfectly socially acceptable on a voice call) but clearly I can’t do that when I video call. That said, with reduced human contact of late, I have found that you do certainly get more out of a video chat than a voice chat and so it will be interesting to see how much we continue using it once things are a bit more normal.

The FLB ,

Not intuitive

Everything is all over the place.
To get to settings I had to by trail and error figure out that I had to go to chats (why chats I dont know ? but doesn’t appear anywhere else so I have to go back there to find it if I’m in another screen) then I had to click on my profile picture to find settings at the bottom of the page.

Calls has the word calls in the middle at the top. Contacts has the word contacts at the top but chats has my profile icon at the top. Shouldn’t it make more sense to have it on all screens?
1 drop down or pop up menu available from every page is infinitely more logical and the standard on almost every app and website

Why is calls and contacts 2 seperate pages duplicated as they essentially do the same thing.
With only a few tweaks you could simplify the app to 2 pages - chats, and calls/contacts with a drop down menu of all options available on both pages.

There is probably a reason why I’ve not used Skype in a decade. But then again I’ve never understood Microsoft products. 20 steps when 1 will do seems to be their motto

Take a look at Line app. The menu at the bottom is consistent across all pages so I can easily jump to where I want

Also I can’t find easily any way to check what a call will look like before I make it. Would be good if there was a simple 1 touch preview button to make sure the image is acceptable before I place a call


1-Month US Unlimited mins
Call landlines and mobiles in the US
1-Month China 400 mins
Call landlines and mobiles in China

App Privacy

The developer, Skype Communications S.a.r.l, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


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