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What’s new in Skype 4.0 for Android? In one word, everything. At least, that’s the claim on the app’s page in Google Play. Indeed, the new Skype for Android is significantly different from its predecessor and features a much simpler and cleaner design, which seems to be strongly influenced by Skype’s Modern version for Windows Phone.

The new Skype for Android is not about new features. In fact, you won’t find many of those in Skype 4.0. If anything, there are less feature than in previous versions, with less contact list view modes and less availability statuses. The real difference between the old Skype and the new is in look and feel, and it definitely looks and feels different, as you can see in the screenshots below (old on the left, new on the right).

Gone is the classic Skype start screen with its Contacts, Recent, Call Phones and Profile buttons. Your Skype home screen is now your recent communications, which you can swipe left and right to access your favorite contacts, and your entire list of contacts. When it comes to filtering contacts, you can now only view all of them at once, or only those who are online at the moment.

Calling, texting, and viewing your profile are now done via buttons you can find on the top and bottom of the screen. While the features and information displayed are mostly the same, the interface itself is almost unrecognizable.


Skype for Android now also includes free and unlimited video messaging, a feature which also arrived on iOS not so long ago. If a contact is not available to talk at the moment, you can hit the record button to record a video message instead, and send it along just like any IM.

Skype for Android is continuing to improve over the years, and this new update looks like another step in the right direction. Microsoft seems to be taking its entire mobile line in the direction of Modern UI, which might not sit well with its haters, but the overall feel of the app is cleaner and less cluttered.

Download: Skype 4.0 on Google Play

What do you think of Skype 4.0 for Android?

Source: Skype Blog

  1. Beverly Scofield
    May 1, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Do I understand correctly that the contact has to also have a Skype account?

  2. djbruce
    September 15, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I hate the fact that the new Skype opens on the recent conversation tab. I only want a quick look and see who is online.
    Can I hide "recent" tab and have "users" as my home screen?

    • Yaara L
      September 15, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Not that I know of...

  3. steveg
    September 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Yaara - you're missing the point.

    With more than 500 contacts, I need a search function for my current contacts - don't want to add more

  4. TheLouiee
    July 28, 2013 at 3:31 am

    Can i not add new contacts from my phone? Its cool, BUT
    I liked the old one Way more, and I dont know how to add new people. The old one i could type a name in and say search in the Skype directory.. I cant or dont know how to do it.. Is it possible? Could someone help =) please..

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      In the app's menu there's an "Add People" option where you can search for contacts and add them.

  5. Mordechai
    July 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    New Android version 4.0 does not work on Samsung Galaxy S.
    No sound.
    Cannot switch cameras.
    How do I rollback?

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Unless you have backup of the older version, I don't think you can. You could try asking on MakeUseOf Answers, maybe someone will have a brilliant idea.

  6. Chris
    July 7, 2013 at 12:44 am

    If one added extra phone numbers to a Skype contact in the past, that contact is now split multiple contacts: one contains the skype name and one telephone number, the other contains all the remaining phone numbers. And the only way to determine which one is the one with the correct contact details is to open all the profiles of the contact. What a royal pain!

  7. Cyborg Alpha
    July 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Hit the nail right on the head - less functionality --- but great new look!!
    If you read actually user reviews (unlike the paid by MS reviewers) you will find;
    - More dropped calls
    - Call block, spam block, id block removed
    - continuously disconnects
    - uses more resources (memory & drains battery faster)
    - Is now MSN

    GREAT UPGRADE!!! (loud sarcasm)

    If you used Skype on a regular basis with a POTS (phone service) -- you now can use it like Yaara, "I just sign out of Skype and sign in when I need it. That’s also a solution. :)"
    {Just think she's a paid guru.}

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 6, 2013 at 8:34 am

      I'm definitely paid (we all have to make a living, don't we?), but not by Microsoft. I'm paid by MakeUseOf, and since I only have my experience to draw from, this is what you'll see in my answers. I am not Microsoft, and can't fix bugs in their apps.

      This is truly how I use Skype on my phone, and yes, I'm not a regular Skype user, so it works for me. I never said the new version is Skype is amazing, I haven't used it enough yet to know either way. I just said it was out. :)

  8. Kate T
    July 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    My phone has just upgraded to this latest version of Skype on Android (Galaxy S3) & even though I'm logged in it's saying I'm not connected & I can't change my status from 'invisible' to 'available'. Has anyone come up with a solution for this problem yet??

  9. brennan sosa
    July 5, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I can't set my status to available just stays on invisible and its frustrateing.plz help

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      It's impossible for me to know why this is happening. On my device, I just tap the "Available" status, and it becomes available. It might be a bug specific to your device, or something.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      You should try asking about it on MakeUseOf Answers, maybe someone there has a solution:

    • Kate T
      July 6, 2013 at 7:02 am

      I've now fixed this problem on my account. I completely uninstalled Skype, then reinstalled it & now it works fine

      • Yaara Lancet
        July 6, 2013 at 8:35 am

        Thanks Kate! I hope this works for others too.

  10. brennan sosa
    July 5, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Yea I can't change my status to available. I even looked up help on instructions and I can't. No matter of I press slide or hold I get nothing. This makes me not being able to Skype with ppl and just this alone makes me dislike the new Skype. Less features and its more complicated. If you can help please do. Otherwise I can't do what this app is designed for

  11. larhof
    July 5, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Aside from the unwieldy, unintuitive method of signing off, the most bothersome thing is not having a list of contacts that are online. I need to scroll through my entire contact list to see who is online. WTF?

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      You can filter your contact list to online only, there's a dropdown menu for that.

  12. Djordje D
    July 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Maybe i am blind but i don't see a quit or even a sign out menu command, which is by the way the thing i hate with android apps in general. They are always just cluttering your RAM if you don't kill them through task manager regularly.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      It's in your profile page, in the menu. There's a sign out option there. As some people already mentioned, it's a little hidden, but it's there.

      • android underground
        July 6, 2013 at 11:01 pm

        On my tab 2 the profile page doesn't even show a menu button. Maybe M$ made it white on a white background on purpose?

        I have to tap a blank spot near the top of the screen (found it by trial and error) to get to the signout option.

        • Yaara Lancet
          July 7, 2013 at 8:49 am

          That's weird. I guess they didn't really think through the whole tablet thing.

      • Djordje D
        July 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm

        thanks very much for the tip, i'm usually an open person to redesigns and makeovers of apps but this one came in a bad time so i got frustrated :)

        • Yaara Lancet
          July 15, 2013 at 6:29 am

          They've already updated it again, adding log out options to all screens. I guess you were not the only one to get frustrated. :)

  13. Ni B
    July 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I can't hear the second person on video call /Galaxy Note2/

  14. saba
    July 4, 2013 at 7:37 am

    hi, m nor liking this new Skype on my android as i dont know how to log in even after i sign in it shows m not connected to make calls and shows my status invisible, which i kept in previous version. how do i change that cant find this option of statuses. appreciate your help.

  15. Raymond Duke
    July 4, 2013 at 12:20 am

    It looks similar. Nice baiting with the headline. Didn't really read the article past the first few sentences. I guess that's what the intention was, anyway. The person probably got paid $2 to write it.

  16. brandon Cobb
    July 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I'm all for a cleaner and simpler look. But not if u have to get rid of features and functionality. And now Skype has a whole bar on the screen dedicated to one button. The menu button. How stupid. I have the galaxy nexus with software buttons. Why don't they just add the menu button to the right of the multitasking button like every other normal app.

  17. Lorena C
    July 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I like it better than the silly iOS version

  18. Bestgeek
    July 3, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    New Skype is totally flat, that's going with the wind. It's also doing great in terms of signing in, it's blistering fast compared to last one.
    As for logout choice people are crying, I know it's annoying as hell but it's more like strategic decision. This ensures that for most of the people, Skype stays signed in.
    Although I think they should something like Viber, distracting you only when needed.

  19. Tester
    July 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Try to click NO when it asks to recognize your camera. You will see a lot of debug information. Is it new feature?

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Ha, didn't see that. Sounds funny.

  20. Bengt-olov E
    July 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    It looks really great, my only complaint is about the logout choice, why can´t it just logout when i press "backwards" on my Xperia S as it used to, instead of going to the profile window and make it there.

    • yuenvision
      July 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Indeed. Logging out is ridiculous in v4.0. Why does it have to be hidden in My Account behind a counter-intuitive menu-press?

    • Aj
      July 5, 2013 at 2:36 am

      New Skype Settings and Logout issue Resolved See Video - It seems that the new skype UI is pretty seek but somehow they seem to have the settings and the logout options hidden and has not made any comments yet. Well here's a video which will resolve the settings and logout options issue after your skype is updated to version Version See video here -

  21. Dany Bouffard
    July 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I just hate the new way to disconnect from the app, its a bit loopsided.

  22. Demola
    July 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

    The UI is beautiful, but how do I get that damn status out of my notification bar?

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Yeah... I don't know! Need to tinker with it a bit and see if it's possible, but most times I just sign out of Skype and sign in when I need it. That's also a solution. :)

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