How to share photos, files and more with Skype on your mobile

When we added video to Skype calls ten short years ago, the ability to share important moments with loved ones took a big step forward. It’s only natural that they would, because our world and the conversations that we as people have with each other are made up of so much more than what can be heard.

The things around us are often the reason we strike up conversations, and that’s why the ability to send files, photos and more with Skype plays a huge part in keeping people connected.

We’ve made some exciting changes to these features recently, so let’s take a look at some of the ways you can share things using Skype.

Sharing made easy with the media bar

With recent updates to Skype for Android and Skype for iPhone we made it a lot easier for you to share your pictures and more when you’re on the move. With the media bar near your instant message box you have quick access to all of the sharing options in Skype on your phone.

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The media bar on Skype for iPhone

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The media bar on Skype for Android

Share your location to let others know where you are

You might already be using Skype on your mobile to share photos and video messages of exotic destinations with your contacts. But if you want to inspire travel envy, you can do so using Skype by sharing your location with just a few taps on Android, iPhone and iPad. Look out for this icon to share your location:

Location sharing icon

Even if you’re not travelling, this feature is really useful for coordinating nights out and letting your friends know where the party’s at.

Send photos and files to your groups with Skype for Android

Another recent change you might not be aware of is the ability to send files to groups with Skype for Android. It’s not just photos either – you can now send all kinds of files from your Android device to your groups.

Simply open the group you want to send a file to, and tap this icon on the media bar above your instant message box:

File sharing icon

Skype for Android now lets you save your video messages

Are you on Skype for Android and has someone sent you a video message you want to watch again and again?  We’ve just introduced another feature that’s right up your alley.

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You can now save your Skype video messages to your device gallery, whether they’re your own masterpieces or treasured memories that others sent to you. Simply press and hold on a video message in one of your chats and select Save to gallery.


To enjoy these new features, make sure you have the latest version of Skype for Android and Skype for iPhone. And if you have any questions, come and join fellow share-a-holics in the Skype Community, where millions of Skype users have registered to share their expertise, feedback and Skype stories.