What are Extras?

Extras are little programs that give you additional features, such as playing games, increasing your productivity or personalising Skype. 

Extras are no longer supported by Skype and have been replaced by Skype Apps. There are hundreds of incredible apps to download and use with Skype. Visit the App Directory to find out more.

To continue to use Skype Extras, you need to use Skype 3.8 for Windows desktop. This earlier version of Skype is not available on the Skype website.

To use Extras, Extras Manager must be installed on your computer. To check if Skype Extras Manager is installed, in the menu bar click Tools > Extras. If this option is greyed-out and you cannot select it, you will need to install the Skype Extras Manager. To do this, first uninstall and then reinstall Skype. When reinstalling Skype, click Options on the Hello screen, and on the next screen tick Install Skype Extras Manager and then click I agree – install.

The following instructions assume you have Skype Extras Manager installed, and are signed in to Skype.

To download and install an Extra:

  1. In the menu bar, click Tools > Extras > Get Extras.
  2. Browse the Extras by clicking the categories on the left hand side.
  3. Download an Extra by clicking the green play button, or by clicking the Menu drop-down and selecting Open.

To open and use an Extra:

  1. In the menu bar, click Tools > Extras.
  2. Select the Extra you would like to use - Extras you have installed appear at the end of the Extras menu.

To use the Extra with a friend:

  1. In the menu bar, click Tools > Extras > Organize Your Extras.
  2. Click the green play button on the Extra to open it. A pop-up containing your Skype contacts is displayed, and you can tick which people you would like to invite. If your friend does not have the same Extra installed, an invitation will prompt them to download and install the Extra.
  3. When your friend replies, you can start using the Extra together.

To recommend an Extra to a friend:

  1. In the menu bar, click Tools > Extras > Organize Your Extras.
  2. Click the Menu drop-down and select Recommend to a friend...
  3. In the pop-up box that appears, select your friend, and then click Continue.

To uninstall an Extra:

  1. In the menu bar, click Tools > Extras > Organise Your Extras.
  2. Locate the Extra you would like to remove, click the Menu drop-down and select Uninstall.

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