How to Update Skype to the Latest Version

Doing a Skype update is straightforward for most devices

It's important to update Skype regularly so you have access to the latest features and security upgrades. Here are some tips on updating Skype for Mac, Windows, iPhone, and Android.

Instructions in this article applies to Skype version 8.57.0.116.

How to Update Skype on Mac

Updating Skype on your Mac computer is easy. Here's how to perform a Skype update on the most recent versions of macOS.

  1. Launch the Skype app.

    Skype in macOS.
  2. Select Skype from the Mac menu bar.

    Selecting the Skype menu in macOS.
  3. Select Check For Updates.

    Selecting to check for update in macOS.
  4. The software will alert you if an update is available. Select Download to begin the updating process.

If no update is available, you'll see a message that says You're on the latest version of Skype.

Skype is up to date in macOS.

How to Update Skype on Windows

The process is virtually identical with Skype for Windows, save for a difference in the exact menu bar and button used. Here's how you do it:

  1. Launch the Skype app.

  2. At the top left, next to your profile picture, select the 3 vertical dots (More).

    Skype in Windows.
  3. Select Help and Feedback.

    The More menu in Skype for Windows.
  4. The software will alert you if an update is available. Select Download to begin the updating process.

    The version number for Skype.

If no update is available, you'll see a message that says You're on the latest version of Skype.

Skype is up to date in Windows.

How to Update Skype on iPhone

Updating Skype for iPhone
You can update Skype for iPhone by opening the App Store and tapping the Updates tab.

To update Skype on your iPhone, you have to do the following:

  1. Open the Apple App Store app.

  2. Tap Updates (in the bottom-left corner of the screen).

  3. Scroll down to check whether an update for Skype is available.

  4. If an update is available, tap UPDATE.

    You can also check if you have the latest version of Skype by opening the app.

  5. Launch the Skype app.

  6. Tap your profile picture at the top of the screen.

  7. Scroll down and tap About to see which version of Skype you have.

How to Update Skype on Android

The process for performing a Skype update on Android is similar to iPhone.

  1. Open the Google Play Store app.

  2. Select More (hamburger) on the left-hand side of the screen.

  3. Select My apps & games.

    Screenshots of Android Play Store.
  4. Updates should be selected. If Skype has an update, you should see it in this list. If not either scroll down until you find Skype, or select Installed to see all apps installed on your Android device.

  5. Select Update.

If you don't see an Update option it means you already have the latest version of Skype.

Google Play Store screenshots.

How to Turn on Automatic Updates in Skype for macOS

Skype will automatically update your software unless you change to manual updates in its settings.

Here's how to turn automatic Skype updates for Mac off or on:

  1. Launch System Preferences.

    Going to System Preferences in macOS.
  2. Open App Store settings.

    System Preferences in macOS.
  3. Uncheck the Install app updates option. Check this again to switch auto-updates back on.

Doing this deactivates automatic updates for all the apps on your Mac, so it's not really a good idea unless, for whatever reason, you really dislike Skype being updated automatically.

App Store settings in macOS.

How to Turn on Automatic Updates in Skype for Windows 10

Windows 10 has a couple of ways to disable automatic updates.

This process disables automatic updates from running, which includes security patches. Use this option with discretion.