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Skype for iPhone for iOS

By Skype Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Skype for iPhone

  • Communicate worldwide through free Skype-to-Skype video/audio calls, personalized messaging, and low-rate mobile/landline connection
  • Last updated on 10/15/20
  • There have been 7 updates within the past 6 months
  • Also available on Android, Mac, and Windows

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Jan 19, 2017

With Skype for iOS, you can make free worldwide calls, chat with friends, and even play games via chatbots.

Pros

Free video and voice calls: Skype-to-Skype calls are free, no matter where in the world the participants are located. Calling from the Skype app to a mobile number or landline, however, requires purchasing Skype Credits or a monthly subscription plan. Skype can handle group calls, but the number of video streams will vary, depending on your device and other factors.

Chat with contacts: In addition to handling calls, Skype lets you chat with contacts. You can send emojis and GIFs, exchange files, and snap and share photos.

Add contacts: While it's not a completely intuitive process, you can import contacts from your address book or add them manually. You can also add chatbots to play games, make travel plans, find movie times, and more.

Good call quality: While Skype has in the past been dinged for its call quality, the quality of our voice and video calls over a mobile network and several Wi-Fi networks was consistently fine, with no lag or dropped calls.

Simple interface: Skype's interface is easy to navigate, and you can initiate calls and text messages with a few taps. You also easily switch between front- and back-facing cameras during a call.

Cons

Not for teamwork: The consumer version lacks collaborative tools, such as screen sharing. If you want to collaborate with colleagues, you need Skype for Business, which starts at $5 per month per user.

No Facebook sign-in: Unlike the desktop and Web versions, the Skype for iOS app won't let you sign in via Facebook. Instead, you need to use your Skype name or your Microsoft account.

Bottom Line

While the video- and voice-calling field has become more crowded since Skype debuted in 2003, the iOS version of the long-running messaging app has kept pace, offering a solid way to make worldwide calls with an easy-to-use interface.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.65

  • You can now blur your camera background on Skype for iPhone.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.

General

Release October 15, 2020
Date Added October 15, 2020
Version 8.65

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Popularity

Total Downloads 174,541
Downloads Last Week 16
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Developer's Description

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?
  • Messaging made awesome: More than just text. Send photos, videos, voice messages, emoticons, Mojis and more. You can also respond to any message from your contacts with reactions.
  • Great for groups: Add your favorite people and start chatting. Use groups to plan together, play together, for staying in touch or just for hanging out.
  • Call everyone - Skype, mobiles and landlines: Free. Video and voice calls make it easier to stay connected with friends and family. You'll also enjoy low calling rates to mobiles and landlines worldwide with Skype.
  • Never miss a moment with quick capture: Quickly swipe to capture photos and videos. Make them your own by adding emoticons, stickers and annotations.
  • Share Highlights: 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 and messages are always free when used on an unlimited data plan or WiFi connection. Otherwise, operator data charges may apply.
  • 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.