To send files on Skype:
- Open the Skype window and sign in.
- Click the person you want to send a file to on the Contacts tab.
- The contact's information will open in a pane on the right.
- Click the + button, then choose Send File.
Sending a file
- Select the file you want to send. You may need to navigate to where it's saved on your computer. To select multiple files, press and hold Ctrl on your keyboard while you select each file.
- Click Open.
Choosing a file to send
- The other person will receive the file and decide whether or not to download it. If the contact is offline, he or she will receive the file after signing in.
- The sent file will appear in your history.
Confirmation of a sent file
You can also send files during a call. All you have to do is click the + button in the call window, then choose Send File.
To receive files on Skype:
So what do you see when someone sends you a file on Skype? Sometimes a pop-up, but more often a notification on your computer's taskbar. It may look something like this:
To accept or reject the file, follow these steps.
- Open the Skype window.
- Go to the Recent tab or click the person who sent you the file on the Contacts tab. Both areas will be marked to let you know that you have a file waiting. (The same thing happens if you receive a file while you're offline.)
New file in the Skype window
- The sender's information will open in a pane on the right.
- Click Save as to download the file or Cancel to reject it.
Downloading a file
- A pop-up window may appear, warning you that files can contain viruses. To learn more, read our file safety tips below. Click OK to confirm that you want to download the file.
Accepting the file
- Choose where you want to save the file on your computer. Then click the Save button.
Choosing where to save the file
- The saved file will appear in your history. Click Open file to view it.
Opening a saved file
File safety tips
As you can see, it's possible that files sent to you on Skype can contain viruses and other malware. When you save an infected file, malware can be installed on your computer automatically, without you even knowing it. Malware can damage other files, steal passwords, spy on you, and more. This is why it's important to be careful when receiving files, and to always follow these precautions:
- Don't open any files you weren't expecting. Even if the file looks like it's from someone you know, it may have been sent to you automatically by a virus. This is how many viruses spread. If a contact sends you a file that seems suspicious, you should call or IM that person to verify that it was meant for you.
- Keep your antivirus software updated. Viruses can spread quickly, and if your antivirus software isn't up-to-date it may not be able to block new viruses.
- Keep your computer's firewall on. Firewall software helps to prevent people or malware from gaining access to your computer through the Internet.
To learn more about keeping your computer safe from viruses, review our Internet Safety lesson on Protecting Your Computer from Internet Threats.