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How do I turn off automatic updates in Skype for Mac OS X?

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Automatic updates are the easiest way to keep your version of Skype for Mac OS X up to date. They’re turned on by default, but if you’d like to disable them:

  1. Start Skype.
  2. In the menu bar, select Skype > Preferences…
  3. Select the General tab, then un-check Always keep Skype up to date.

    You can enable the automatic updates again whenever you like. Simply check Always keep Skype up to date in Skype > Preferences… > General.

If you have disabled Skype automatic updates on your Mac, you can update Skype manually:

  1. Start Skype.
  2. In the menu bar, select Skype > Check for Updates…
  3. If there is an update available, you will be prompted to install it. Simply click Upgrade.
  4. After the update is completed, click Relaunch in the pop-up window to start using the new version of Skype.

Note: From time to time, we do retire older versions of Skype to focus our efforts on improving the most recent versions of Skype. When this happens, you'll see the following message when trying to sign in to Skype:

If that’s the case, simply click Download the latest version now and follow the steps to upgrade to the latest version for free. You can also follow detailed step-by-step instructions here to resolve the issue and continue using Skype.


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