How To Add A Photo To A Skype Conversation

Do you want to share your pictures and videos on your Skype chat? How about a one capturing and sending one using your phone’s camera? In any case, we’re here to help you. Here’s a quick guide on how to share photos and videos to a Skype conversation.


Aside from messaging and calling your contacts, Skype also allows you to share files in a conversation. That includes photos and videos from your phone or computer.

While the file-sharing feature is available on all versions of Skype, the mobile one allows users to share photos and videos taken using the camera. But either way, the process is quite similar.

If you can’t seem to find this feature on the app, don’t worry, we got you covered. Here’s a quick guide on how to send photos on Skype from your computer or Android device.

How to share your photos and videos on Skype

If you’re using the Skype desktop app or web browser client, you can choose to share a photo or video on your device. You can either click the add photos icon or drag and drop the files on your window directly.

As for Android users, you can also use your camera to take pictures and video recordings that you can also send on the platform. Whether you’re using your phone or computer, here’s a step-by-step tutorial to help you.

On your computer:

  1. Open the Skype desktop app or web browser client and sign-in to your account.
  2. On the Chats tab, open an existing conversation or start a new one.

  3. At the bottom of the chat window, click the “Add files” icon.

  4. Browse your directory and find the photo or video that you want to share. To share multiple items, hold Ctrl on your keyboard, and click on the files.
  5. After choosing the pictures that you want to share, click Open. You can double-click the files as well.
  6. Click the Send button to share the files to the chat.

Alternatively, you can drag and drop your files from your computer to the chat window. After doing so, you can click Send to share them in your conversation.

While you can share multiple files at a time, you can’t upload ones with a file size of more than 300MB. If you try to send one, you’ll receive an error instead.

On Android:

  1. Launch the Skype app from your app drawer and sign-in to your account.
  2. On the Chats tab, open an existing conversation or start a new one.

  3. At the bottom of your screen, tap the share images icon. Select the photos or videos on your device and send them to the chat.

  4. You can also use your phone’s camera to take pictures and videos that you can share in your conversation.

Aside from sharing photos from your chat window, you can also do it from your Gallery app. After selecting the files, you can tap the Share button and choose to send them through Skype.

In addition to sharing photos and videos, you can also send stickers, emoji, and GIFs to make your conversation more lively. You can access this feature by clicking on the smiley icon at the bottom of your chat window.

How to disable photo auto-download on Skype

If you want to save mobile data or memory space, you can opt to disable automatic photo downloading on Skype. You can toggle it off through Settings > Messaging.

For those people using the Skype web or desktop app, click the three-dot icon at the top of your screen and open Settings. Toggle “Auto-download photos” to turn it off.

As for Android users, you can disable photo auto-download by navigating to Menu > Settings. You can find it under the Data usage section.

To sum it all up

For Skype web and desktop app users, you can share a photo by clicking the “Add files” button on the chat window. You can also drag and drop multiple pictures to the conversation as a shortcut.

As for mobile users, you can upload your photos from the chat window or the Gallery app on your phone. You can also take pictures using your camera and send them on the app.

While these files can last on your chat until you choose to delete them, Skype removes the ones with a file size of over 100MB after 30 days.

That’s all on our guide about photo sharing on Skype. For the latest tips, tricks, and tutorials, don’t forget to visit us regularly for our daily updates.