’Tis the season for sharing. It’s only fitting, then, that Microsoft has just updated the official iPhone and iPad apps of Skype with an improvement that’s aimed at making sharing content on the popular video chat and voice call service easier.
Sharing is caring
Basically, Skype for iOS has been updated with its very own, long-overdue share extension on iOS. This share extension lets you share content from other apps quickly and easily on Skype and in a manner that’s native to Apple’s mobile operating system.
But first, you need to set it up before you can use it. To enable Skype’s share extension, tap the upper More button on the iOS share sheet and switch on Skype in the list of activities.
From then on, you’re ready to share links, photos, and more on Skype by just tapping the Skype share button, selecting the contact you want to share with, and tapping Send. No need to open the Skype app itself. As noted by the Skype team: “Perfect for sharing photos from your office party or present ideas with family members without the hassle of sending the content in an email.”
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Skype also works on the Apple Watch to enable you to start chats on the go with your favorite contacts, receive notifications for new messages, and reply to messages straight from your wrist.
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The Skype apps were previously updated in October with several features that take advantage of capabilities native to iOS. These include support for Spotlight search (allowing you to start chats with your Skype contacts right from the), interactive notifications (allowing you to reply to chats without opening the apps), and iPad multitasking (allowing you to use Split View and Slide Over with the apps).