I have recently like many received a notification from skype to upgrade my version of skype (which is no more working anyway). I have followed all the steps on the website - then on ubuntu BUT still does not work. I have deleted the previous version (and the icon has been removed from the bar). pleease help me! I need to skype with my old mum who lives abroad and has just been for a surgery...can some one assist? please do note that I am not an IT expert...but can type commands when they are clear. THANK YOU SO MUCH

  • Before we can do anything to help you, you need to mention what goes wrong. Any errors or other things it tells you when you try to install it? – Dan Johansen Aug 13 '14 at 9:46
  • possible duplicate of How to install Skype 4.3? – αғsнιη Aug 13 '14 at 9:48

First remove the previous version of skype

sudo apt-get purge skype*
sudo apt-get autoremove

Then download skype from here:

and install it

sudo dpkg -i skype-package-name

for instance:

sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-precise_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb

See this link for more details.

  • The link suggested above for more details discourages to retrieve the package from the skype website. Quote: "It is highly recommended to use the package provided in the Canonical partner repository, not the one distributed from the Skype website. This is how installing via a Ubuntu repository guarantees that the file downloaded and installed is the same one distributed from a Ubuntu repository. However, downloading the file via http doesn't guarantee this outcome." – XavierStuvw Oct 30 '16 at 9:08

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