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Ultimate Geek


# 217780 12-Jul-2017 08:35
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Hello,

 

Skype updated itself on my Android 6.0 phone several weeks back. I was running Skype 7.46 which I was very happy with. This was automatically replaced with Skype 8, a totally different creature. I use Skype for my landline number and have been doing so since 2009. Skype 7 worked perfectly for me but Skype 8 has some considerable problems. Firstly, peoples voices sound unnaturally deep, it answers every call with speaker phone turned on by default (the ear speaker was perfect), your contacts list with  both phone numbers and Skype Members is impossible to find, and there is no obvious way to get access to a settings menu to change default behaviour.

 

I want to roll back to version 7. For the first time in years I have uninstalled Skype from my mobile.

 

I want to download an APK of Skype 7.46 from somewhere but am wary about getting a load of malware.

 

I could download from APK Mirror:

 

http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/skype/skype-skype/skype-skype-7-46-0-596-release/skype-free-im-video-calls-7-46-0-596-android-apk-download/download/

 

or from UptoDown.com:

 

https://skype.en.uptodown.com/android/download/1614031

 

Is there a reliable way to test these? I tried scanning with Bitdefender on Windows 10, but the apk is password protected.

 

Is there some very reliable website where you can upload an APK to get it tested?

 

If I can't get this resolved I'll walk away from Skype. A great pity as it was a really good product.

 

 


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Uber Geek


  # 1820035 12-Jul-2017 08:48
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The apkmirror file you linked to is digitally signed by Skype so you can trust it is an official release.



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Ultimate Geek


  # 1820045 12-Jul-2017 09:13
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Thanks for your response. I downloaded Skype from APKMirror and installed, then blocked auto updates. Nice to be back to a functional version of Skype again! Microsoft sometimes go off on oblique tangents!


 
 
 
 


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  # 1821168 12-Jul-2017 11:41
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Transitioned everyone to Telegram as a result of this.





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Ultimate Geek


  # 1821351 12-Jul-2017 15:52
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Agree...version 8 is awful...cant even set yourself invisible may have to re-install version 7 also.

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Master Geek

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  # 1821358 12-Jul-2017 16:23
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My work means I spend a couple of hours talking on Skype with people around the world, and what Microsoft has done to it is nothing short of disastrous. No other similar software has the same market share.

 


The new version was so bad I wrote my first ever review on Google's Play Store because of it. Luckily, I had a Titanium backup of a previous version that I could revert to, and I've blocked updates as well. That's not a long-term fix, as eventually it will not be compatible with the latest versions, but it will have to do for the moment.

 

 


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