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Can I send and receive files on Skype for iPhone and iPad?

With Skype for iPhone and iPad, you can send and receive photos, videos, location and other files.

Note: This article covers the latest version of Skype (Skype 6 and above for iOS), but also includes instructions for Skype 4 for iOS here. If you're unsure of which version you're using, click here.

Sending files

Skype is great for sharing your files such as photos, documents or videos with your friends who are on Skype:

  1. Sign in to Skype. 
  2. Locate the person, or group you want to contact by tapping on the Contacts tab, finding an existing conversation in Recent, or by searching.
  3. Select the contact or group you want to send a file to, and then select the type of file you want to send:

    A. Send an emoticon (if you don't see the one you want, check our full list) or Moji
    B. Send an existing photo
    C. Take a new photo to send
    D. Send a video message
    E. Share your location
    F. Share a contact

If you are using your phone horizontally, tap the paperclip , then tap the option you are looking for. You can turn large emoticons on or off in app settings. You can also add participants.

To learn more, go to Sharing files in Skype

Receiving files

If someone sends you a file, it should appear in your conversation, you just need to be signed into Skype to retrieve it. 

If there's a link or a message in your conversation instead of the file you were expecting, don't worry; you can still retrieve the file. To learn how, go to Why don't I see the picture my contact sent me? 

You can send and receive any type of file over Skype for iPhone/iPad and you can view any file you receive as long as you have the necessary software or app installed. There are limits on the size of the file you can send. As long as the person you’re sending the file to has enough free storage space on their device, they can access the file for 30 days to save and store it.

Sending images

It’s easy to send an image:

  1. Sign in to Skype and select the contact you’d like to send an image to.
  2. In the Contact Card, tap More > Send Photo.

Contact Card window with options displayed

If you use a first generation iPad and have no Video Messaging ability, the More icon does not appear. In the Contact card, tap Send Photo directly.

Send Photo button in the Contact card screen

  1. Select an image saved on your iPhone or iPad, or take a new one. The image file can’t be larger than 25 MB.
  2. You can send your file only after your contact accepts it. You’ll see a progress bar showing you how much time is left until your image is sent. You can stop sending your file at any time by tapping x.

    Progress bar

Receiving images

To get the image your contact is sending you, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Skype. You’ll see a notification dialog telling you that someone wants to send you a file.
  2. Tap Accept to receive the image, or tap Decline to reject the transfer.
  3. When the file transfer is complete, the image you’ve received opens automatically.

To find the images you’ve received, open the Photos app on your iPad.

If your contact is trying to send you a different type of file, you’ll be notified of the file transfer but you won’t be able to accept the file.

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