12
Jul
2014

Latest version of Skype on Android 4.4.4

As of the time I am posting this, I encountered some strange behaviour with the latest version of Skype on my 2013 Nexus 7, running Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Screenshot_2014-07-13-00-39-32 The latest version (version 4.9.0.45564, uploaded on 20th May 2014) signs me into my Microsoft account perfectly fine, but just does not pick up any calls. The other person would ring me and the call would not pop up on the screen at all. It did not matter from which type of device the call was made from, from another android tablet or PC.

I did some searching around, and it turns out many people have this problem and were saying to downgrade Skype to a previous version, version 4.0.0.22082 in this case.

First, you have to uninstall Skype from the Play Store, or by dragging the app out of the drawer to the uninstall option.

Second, you need to enable installation of apps from unknown sources, in Settings > Security > Tick the box for “Unknown Sources”.

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Thirdly, you need to download the APK file for the older version of Skype from here.

Once its downloaded, you need to open the Downloads app and tap on the Skype app that just got downloaded and you should see something similar to this screen:

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Press ” Next ” a few times until the “Install” option appears and tap it. Wait until you see this screen:

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Click “Open” and sign in again to your Microsoft account. Enable video calling if you want to.

And that’s it! This version functions a lot better than the latest version, but be careful when updating apps in the future as you could replace the new version over the old one and you would have to go through this whole process again. The older version even shows a little Skype notification with your status, which you can set to “invisible” (but people can still ring you if they tried) and you can sign out too. Since downgrading, I’ve had no issues with the older version, albeit a few UI glitches here and there, but calls look and sound great, and most importantly, actually ring! Happy Skypeing!

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