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You're ready to install Skype and start chatting when suddenly you’re asked to give your permission to a whole list of things. This might seem a bit troubling, after all it’s not easy to understand exactly what you’re giving permission for. Skype is designed to take full advantage of the hardware and software on your Android device. When you’re asked for permission to access your precise location, it’s only in case you ever want to share your location with one of your Skype contacts. Here’s a list of all the Android permissions and what they mean to you:
Enables Skype to manage Skype accounts in Android’s centralized account management system (Settings > Accounts), allows you to choose to automatically add friends from your address book, and sync contacts with the address book on your device
Enables users to share their location with Skype contacts
Enables Skype to automatically verify your phone number by sending an SMS verification code and automatically reading the code from the SMS
Enables users to access core Skype functionality including making audio calls to traditional phone numbers (PSTN)
Enables users to send files from their device to Skype contacts
Camera, Microphone, Other
Enables users to send video messages, make video calls, and make audio calls
Wi-Fi connection information
Enables Skype to optimize its behavior depending on its connection type to reduce mobile data charges users may incur and to improve device battery life
run at startup
disable your screen lock
draw over other Bluetooth devices
send sticky broadcast
prevent device from sleeping
modify system settings
Enables users to access additional features including use with a Bluetooth device, displaying a picture-in-picture window when the Skype app is moved to the background during an ongoing video call, running at startup to reduce missed calls, ensuring the device stays awake during calls, and more.
Device & app history
Enables Skype to send crash information to the product team to continue improving the product
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