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To try to stay in touch with your relatives abroad as much as possible, you have downloaded and installed Skype on your computer and on your mobile devices and you have read my guide on how Skype works to better understand the operation of the famous VoIP client. However, a friend later told you that the version of Skype he used has additional features compared to yours and that it would therefore be the case that you download the most recent update available for the famous program. How do you say? Do you agree with me perfectly but have no idea how to update Skype ? Well, in that case you have nothing to worry about… you can count on me!

Before you can get alarmed and think about the worst, however, I want to clarify one thing right away: whether you are practical in IT and telecommunications or if you are a beginner with the world of IT, it does not matter, updating Skype is really very simple. and I can prove it to you. In fact, in the following lines I will go to show you everything that is necessary to do to succeed “in the enterprise” and I am sure that in the end you will perfectly agree with me that it was a real child’s play.

So if you are really interested in finding out what it is necessary to do in order to update Skype, I invite you to take a few minutes of free time, get comfortable and concentrate on reading this guide. Are you ready? Yup? Very well, then let’s get started.

Update Skype on Computer

Windows

If you have a PC with any version of Windows installed on it,  you can update Skype by taking advantage of the special function attached to the program that allows you to check the availability of new updates and then install them. To begin, start the famous application by pressing on its icon attached to the  desktop or the Start menu  , then click on the  Help item  in the upper right part of the program window and then press the  Check  for updates item .

Then wait a few moments for the program to check for the availability of new updates and then press the button to download the update and to update Skype once you have exited the client.

If, on the other hand, there are no updates available for Skype, you will be shown a specific warning on the screen indicating the absence of new updates.

Screenshot di Skype su Windows

For the future, if you prefer to avoid having to check the availability of new updates for Skype yourself, you can also enable the specific functionality of the program that allows you to automate the execution of this procedure.

To update Skype automatically presses on the item Tools  attached in the upper left part of the menu bar, click on  Options… , presses on the  Advanced tab  and then click on the item  Automatic Updates  attached to the new window displayed. Then click on the Enable automatic updates button , click on Yes and finally presses the Save button to confirm and make the changes.

Screenshot di Skype su Windows

In the unfortunate event that you encounter some problems in updating Skype as I have just indicated, you can put into practice an alternative procedure that involves connecting to the official website of the program and performing “manual” download and installation of the version most up-to-date of the program.

If you prefer to proceed in this way first make sure you have closed the Skype application on Windows and then  click here  to connect to the official website of the program and press the green Download Skype button that you see in the center of the screen. Then click on the Download Skype for Windows button  and wait for the software download procedure to start and complete.

Screenshot di Skype su Windows

Then double-click on the  SkypeSetup.exe file you  just obtained and then follow the simple wizard that is shown on the screen to start and complete the installation procedure of the new version of Skype on your computer.

Finally, if the solutions to update Skype on Windows that I have proposed have not thrilled you, I invite you to consult my guide on how to update programs in which you will find some useful tools with which to update the software on your computer. an extremely simple and immediate way.

OS X

Do you have a Mac and want to understand how to update Skype on OS X ? Well, then you can use the special function attached to the program that allows you to check the availability of new updates and then install them. To begin, start the famous application by pressing on its icon attached to the Launchpad or to the Applications folder and then click on the Skype item in the upper left part of the menu bar and then press the Check for updates… item .

Screenshot di Skype su Mac

Then wait a few moments for the program to check for the availability of new updates and then press the Install button when Exit to download the update and to update Skype once you have exited the client. Then wait for the download of the most updated version of the program to be started and completed on your Mac then bring the cursor to the Skype item attached in the upper left part of the menu bar and press the item Exit Skype to exit the program and to have the update install.

Screenshot di Skype su Mac

The next time Skype is restarted, the program will be updated to the latest version downloaded. To confirm this, you will see the message We have updated Skype and made the latest version available, including performance improvements and bug fixes. in the right part of the client window.

If, on the other hand, there are no updates available for Skype, you will be shown a specific warning on the screen indicating the absence of new updates.

For the future, if you prefer to avoid having to check the availability of new updates for Skype yourself, you can also enable the specific functionality of the program that allows you to automate the execution of this procedure.

To update Skype automatically presses the Skype entry attached in the upper left part of the menu bar, click on Preferences … , presses the General tab of the new window displayed and then put the check mark next to the item Keep Skype always updated placed down. Then close the window to confirm the application of the changes made.

Screenshot di Skype su Mac

In the unfortunate case that you encounter some problems in updating Skype as I have just indicated, you can put into practice the “luck” procedure, the one that involves connecting to the official website of the program and “manual” execution of the download and installing the latest version of the program.

If you prefer to proceed in this way first make sure that you have closed the Skype application on OS X and then click here to connect to the official website of the program and press the green Download Skype button that you see in the center of the screen. Then click on the Download Skype for Mac button and wait for the software download procedure to start and complete.

Screenshot di Skype su Mac

Then click on the file of the type Skype_x.xx.xxx.dgm which is available in the Download folder of your Mac, drag the Skype icon attached to the window that opened on the desktop in the Applications folder , press the Replace button and then start Skype as you usually do.

Screenshot di Skype su Mac

And if the solutions to update Skype on OS X that I have proposed did not thrill you, I invite you to consult the guide that I reported to you in the previous lines, when I explained how to update Skype on Windows, in which you will find some useful tools for meet your need.

Update Skype on smartphones and tablets

Android

Do you use Skype on your  Android smartphone or tablet and would you like to understand how to update the app? Yup? Well, to begin with, grab your device and start the  Play Store by  pressing on its icon attached to the home screen of the phone or in the list of apps installed on the device.

Once the Play Store has been started, press the  Menu button  located at the top left, select the wording  My apps  from the bar that appears on the side and then look for the Skype icon in the  Updates section .

Image showing how to update WhatsApp on Android

After doing this, if the word  Update appears next to the name of the app,  it means that there is an update available. Then click on the Skype icon, then on the  Update  and  Accept buttons  and the update will be automatically completed. If, on the other hand, the word  Installed next to the name of the application  means that it is not necessary to update Skype and that you are already using the latest version of the software.

If you prefer, you can also make sure that the procedure for updating Skype is done automatically without you having to do anything. If this interests you, just enable the automatic execution of updates in the Android settings.

To do this, press the Play Store icon, then tap the  Menu button  and select the  Settings item  from the menu that appears. Then select the item  Automatic app update  and then put the check mark next to the option  Automatic app update only via Wi-Fi .

iOS

If you have an iPhone or an iPad and you are interested in updating Skype for iOS  , the steps you need to take are very few and simple. To begin with, access the home screen of your iPhone and start the  App Store  by pressing the blue icon with the letter A.

In the screen that at this point is shown to you, presses on the item  Updates  located at the bottom right and then locate the Skype icon and press the  Update button  in order to start the procedure by which you can update Skype on iOS.

If you don’t see the update button next to your Skype name in the  Updates section  of the App Store on your device, it’s most likely because the latest version of the app is already installed on your iPhone or iPad. If, on the other hand, the Skype icon is absent in the  Updates section  , the application has probably already been updated and there are no recent updates to apply.

Screenshot showing how to update Skype on iOS

If you prefer, you can also make sure that the procedure for updating Skype is done automatically without you having to do anything. If this interests you, just enable the automatic execution of updates in the iOS settings.

To do this, access the home screen of your device and access the  Settings  section by pressing the gray icon depicting a gear wheel.

In the screen that at this point is shown you press the Tunes Store and App Store  item and in the menu that opens, set   the lever referring to the  Updates option to ON .

Screenshot showing how to update Skype on iOS

Once this is done every time the iPhone is connected to an active and functioning Wi-Fi network, the Skype update, if available, will be carried out without requiring any kind of intervention on your part.

If you deem it appropriate, you can also  turn ON  the lever referring to the  Use cellular data option  to make sure that the procedure to update Skype is carried out automatically not only when your iPhone is connected to an active Wi-Fi network. and working but also when connected via cellular network. Personally, I suggest that you do not activate this option to avoid eroding your data plan too quickly and to avoid incurring any extra charges that could be applied by your telephone operator in case of exceeding thresholds.