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How to install Skype on iOS7 or iOS6

After releasing the version 6.14.143, it has been announced that from that day the new versions of Skype for iOS will only work on iOS 8 and older. For owners of devices with iOS 7 or younger, the old version 6.13.158 will remain available in the AppStore which will be offered instead of the latest version. Of course, it’s very sad news (especially for owners of older devices), but let’s focus on the problem because of which these users generally cannot install even older versions of Skype.

As I understand it, the biggest problem is associated with the AppStore restrictions. The fact is that before the first installation of any application, instead of offering the old version, the store checks if all the system requirements of the latest version are satisfied. That's why when you try to install Skype on iOS 7.1.2, the following warning appears:
This application requires iOS 8.0 or later
This application requires iOS 8.0 or later.
You must update to iOS 8.0 in order to download and use this application.

To resolve this problem, we have to “prove” the AppStore that we have right to download older versions of Skype. Therefore, the first thing to do is to download the latest version of Skype using our Apple ID (which is used on a device with iOS 7 or iOS 6). For this end, we have two options:
Now you only need to open the AppStore on the old device, login with our Apple ID that was used in the previous step, find Skype and click on the “Download” button. Instead of the normal boot process, the following message will appear:
Download an older version of this app?
Download an older version of this app?
The current version requires iOS 8.0 or later, but you can download the last compatible version.

Seeing this notice, feel free to click “Download”, and the version 6.13.158 will be installed on your device. As you understand, this version will no longer be updated, that is, no new features will be added, and no bugs will be corrected. Nevertheless, it will support all features, available before the release of the version 6.14.143 (including chats, audio calls and video calls).


If the message about the need to install iOS 8 still appears, and you still cannot download Skype on your device, you need to log out from the Apple ID, reboot the device, open the AppStore and try to install Skype again.


How to log out from the Apple ID on iOS device?

  1. Open the “Settings”
  2. Go to “iCloud” section
  3. Scroll down and click on the “Exit”
  4. Select “Leave on iPhone” and confirm your action

How to log in with the Apple ID on iOS device?

  1. Open the “Settings”
  2. Go to “iCloud” section
  3. Enter your Apple ID and password
  4. Click “Login”


  1. 0 0 0
    Ajay Agrawal (karma: +3),
    Till a few days ago, I was able to use Skype on my iPhone 4S running iOS 7.1.2. I was perfectly happy with the features it offered me.

    Suddenly it started asking me to upgrade my version of skype. When I tried to upgrade Skype, it says that I need to upgrade my iOS to 9.xx also. I believe that iPhone 4s may not be compatible with iOS 9.xx and if I try and do that, I may be forced to buy a new phone since the new OS cannot be installed and the old OS does not work any longer.

    At this stage, I do not have a desire to upgrade my iPhone to a higher model.

    Is there a way that I can continue to use Skype on my existing iPhone 4s running iOS 7.1.2?

    Any help will be appreciated.
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1207),
      Hi! Starting on July 1, 2017 Skype no longer supports iOS 7 and lower. I’m afraid that the only way to continue using Skype on your iPhone 4s is to upgrade operating system to a higher version. By the way, according to official documentation the iPhone 4s supports iOS 9.3.5.
      1. 3 +2 1
        tiger168 (karma: +2),
        iPhone 4 can only upgrade to iOS 7.1.2

        There is no reason why iPhone 4 customer cannot use older version of Skype. There is no good reason to force iPhone 4 customer to forced to buy a new phone. It is a perfectly made phone that can last for a long while.

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