Update to Skype for Android will let the app scan your address book, looking for Skype users

Update to Skype for Android will let the app scan your address book, looking for Skype users
Do you really know how many of the people in your phone's address book have Skype accounts? It could be useful information to know. A new update, to Skype 5.0 for Android, will let Skype go through the address book on your phone, looking for matches between the names on your list, and Skype accounts. Any names that match, will show up in your Skype people list.

Those who use a Microsoft account to connect to Skype will have all of their address books, like the ones on Outlook.com or Windows 8, checked for Skype account owners. Skype is owned by Microsoft, which makes this a no-brainer for Skype to offer. It would also seem a no-brainer for Skype to offer this on Windows Phone, not to mention iOS. Don't worry, Skype will offer this feature to other platforms in the coming months.

Skype says it will not spam the names in your address book, and you can decide not to have the matched names automatically added to your Skype people list. Skype also added that your phone number won't be made a part of your profile. And if you don't want to be found by others, you can modify or deactivate the number associated with the account.

source: Skype via Pocket-Lint



1. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

It's a useful app .. Although this app needs a strong update .. The performance is not uniform on Android devices ..

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Microsoft's virus or Skype software for Android. Another item for me to avoid.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Snapchat does the same thing too...

3. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I always have negative result on battery usage for Skype across 4 different android devices I own, even with the new updates. I just turned off till they fix this.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I almost never use skype... because everyone I know just doesn't use skype anymore. I wish I had more of a reason to use it but oh well. Anyone try Hangouts video chat? Is it a good alternative?

6. eharris560

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Just use the service that "everone you know is using".

5. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Scott, where so you live? Afganistan? Almost every person uses Skype either on a PC or on a phone.

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Are you serious? Mid June 2013, Skype had 299 million users, that's hardly almost every person.

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