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

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With Skype for iPhone and iPad, you can send and receive image files.

Note: This article covers the latest version of Skype (Skype 5 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 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. Tap the paperclip icon .
  3. Tap the photo icon .
  1. Choose the photo on your device you wish to send. You can also take a new photo if you want..
  2. Tap choose; your photo will send automatically.
     

Receiving images

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

  1. Sign in to Skype. If someone has sent you a photo, it should appear in your timeline.
  2. You might also see a message saying "to view this shared photo, go to", followed by a link. Click the link, log in, and view the photo. To save a photo recieved in this manner, tap and hold the photo, then choose Save Image.

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

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.

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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