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    Verifying my phone number to automatically add my friends in Skype for Android

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    This article relates to a version of Skype that is no longer supported. Please update to the latest version of Skype.

    In the latest version of Skype for Android, we ask you to verify your phone number if you want to automatically add people from your address book who are also on Skype.

    Skype will use this information to verify your contact details and allow others to find you on Skype.  By verifying your contact details, we can help ensure that we're adding the right people when automatically adding friends.
    To verify your number:

    1. Either enter your phone number in the indicated field, or verify that the number we have pre-filled is correct.
    2. Make sure you’ve selected the correct country for your number.
    3. Tap the arrow button; we will send a verification PIN by SMS to the number you entered.
    1. If you don't get the PIN, you can tap Resend Code to resend the PIN or Call Me to receive an automated call to have the PIN read to you.

    1. Skype will let you know when it's done:

    1. Skype will search your device's contacts for people you know who are already on Skype.

    1. Suggested contacts will be displayed in your contact list, and you'll need to invite them to connect on Skype before you can call or chat with them. If one of your Android address book contacts is also using this feature and knows you (we've verified both of your contact details), they will automatically be added as a contact on Skype.

    If you have problems verifying your phone number, here are a few things to try:

    • I get an error after I submit my phone number for verification: If you get an error, please re-check that the number and country you entered are correct, then try submitting your number again. If this doesn’t work, we might be having a temporary problem verifying numbers; you can try again later by tapping Settings, tapping Manage how people find me, and tapping Add number. Be sure that Use my address book is selected for the Automatically add friends setting.

    • I got a network error when trying to verify my number: if your network connectivity is interrupted during the verification process, you may get an error screen. Tap try again to re-enter the verification process -- if this doesn’t work, you can try again later by tapping Settings, tapping Manage how people find me, and tapping Add number.

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