Skype for Business

Microsoft Corporation

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Business 6.19.0 Mar 12, 2013 Mar 27, 2018 147.9 MB iOS 9.3 or later 4+
New in version 6.19.0

General and performance improvements


Skype for Business, formerly Lync 2013 for iOS, extends the power of Lync and Skype to your favorite mobile device: voice & video over wireless, rich presence, instant messaging, conferencing, and calling features from a single, easy-to-use interface.

Key Features:
Initiate a group IM or video conversation and invite additional participants
Join, rejoin and initiate a Skype for Business Meeting to communicate and collaborate on amazing ideas
Simultaneously view shared content and speaker's video during a conference
Control the meeting (mute or remove attendees) and know more about participants’ modalities
Look at your upcoming meetings and join via one click
Find your recent conversations and pick them up from where you left off
Search your contacts by name, email, or phone number
Enhanced security via Active Directory Authentication Library

Anyone can use the Skype for Business for iOS app when invited to a Skype for Business or Lync 2013 meeting. However, you must have a Skype for Business or Lync account in order to use (and enjoy) the full capability of the Skype for Business app. Also, some functionality might require an update to Lync or Skype for Business Server or might not be available to all users. If you’re not sure about your account status, please contact your IT department.


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Working now not easy to setup
Danzzzy on 4/19/2018
Not easy to setup...
Disappointed in Skype
kidrafa2693 on 4/19/2018
Two major flaws prevent this app from being an everyday app. 1) I get Skype messages on my phone but when I open the chat, I can’t read the message. It’s like a blank, new chat. Super annoying and a conversation breaker. 2) It doesn’t sync up to Skype on my PC. This prevents me from seamlessly switching from phone to pc and vice versa. Please fix!
Fine when it works
Spongebrain on 4/19/2018
The application has become really unstable of late. I have experienced multiple crashes while opening the app and making calls.
Error in application message
Jfjfjr2034 on 4/19/2018
Continues to say there’s an error in the application and restart application. Yet it still does the same thing when you restart it.
Missing messages
BlackLabZ on 4/18/2018
This product doesn’t work. Messages come in, the notification shows a few words, but when you open the app there is nothing there. Research shows this is a known issue that has something to do with administration setting on my companies server side. However, since it’s known, and a common setting (servers not retaining history information), Microsoft should really know they need to fix the design.
Luque128 on 4/17/2018
Just wow. Stupid app
Missing messages
Tyler105481 on 4/17/2018
Every time someone sends me messages that get pushed to mobile I get a missed message and a preview of a couple words. When I click on the conversation it does not show the message, just blank. An important message is now deleted.
Difficult is an understatement
U53R 123Four on 4/17/2018
Downloaded skype for business on my iPad, when traveling for work when I don’t have office computer. It is a difficult time to set up, states that there’s not internet connection, when I’m connected on an active WiFi connection that can easily support other applications. Any help I tried to reach out to Microsoft is unsuccessful, overall frustrated with this app.
Can't login
Beck0899 on 4/16/2018
My place of employment uses Skype, but my credentials won't work on the app. Wats the point in having an app when it won't sync business services?
Terrible app, I would actually pay money for not having to use it
Qwerty1234hvvguc on 4/16/2018
As my company uses Skype there is not much of a choice I have, and probably neither do you. But if you do, stay away from this app as far as you can, even sending smoke signals is more reliable of a communication method than this app. Works 1/5 reliably... grrrr
Times out after a few minutes!!! Horrible for “Business”
David Meier Smith on 4/12/2018
I want to be doing other things on my phone other than stare at the Skype screen. But if I leave the screen, it goes to inactive after only five minutes. I want it to stay active even if I'm on other apps. "Connected on your terms". Yeah, right. Talk about false advertising. UPDATE!!! It's a stupid workaround but it does work. And since the developers at Skype ignore my comments and every one star review that I give it every time they ask... Here you go! If you are ONLY logged into Skype on your phone, you will time out after only five minutes. HOWEVER... If you are ALSO logged into Skype on your PC, and don't have your PC to time out, you will remain "available" on your phone as long as you remain available on your PC! Stupid? Yes. But I need to be mobile a lot of the time and people need to see me as available so they know they can chat with me. So, until Skype fixes it, that's an option for me (and you)! Beware, however... there are times when a message will go to my computer but not my phone... or vise versa. I don’t understand why MS bought this product if they continue to have no intention of making it better and simply ignore user complaints.
Unable to type messages when on a conf call
Mattron5000 on 4/12/2018
When I join on a conference call. The IM field is there, when I click on it, it never loads and doesn’t show a keyboard. Never lets me type a message. Sometimes when joining calls, I can not be heard, but I can hear them. Like I am muted but I turned off mute. Still doesn’t work.
Bad design
Venom.. on 4/11/2018
Can’t stop logging and the initial screen should show contacts online and not the chat history. Make app design better if not people will switch. High time !
Sync issues!!!
Merovich on 4/10/2018
It usually takes 15 min at least for messages received on desktop to show up on my phone and vice versa. Not practical for business use. Email is literally (sadly) faster.
Conversations ill-defined
Sally.1234 on 4/7/2018
Skype for Business hasn’t figured out how to manage conversations between the phone app, the desktop app, and Outlook yet. They often get lost in transition, get updated in one and not the other, won’t let you answer a call in one or the other, and won’t let you switch to the desk top when you get back to your desk. All my other messaging apps have worked this out. I wouldn’t use SfB if my company didn’t require it.
Not compatible with iPhone 5 anymore
andresmorago1 on 4/7/2018
Latest version isn't compatible with iPhone 5 anymore
Worst messenger ever.
jg567 on 4/7/2018
When I get a notification of a message and try to open it, it is blank and there is no way to recover it. It’s completely broken if I cannot read a message.
Is this really a chat app?
TanMalHot on 4/4/2018
Why on Earth can't this app sync with what is happening on my computer's Skype? This is a basic thing that someone expects from this for regular use. Go and see how Hangouts works seamlessly between computer and mobile!!
Great iPhone X Update
CntryClub007 on 4/3/2018
Can probably drop the Lync 2013 branding...
Latest version crashes A LOT
AppleMike182 on 4/3/2018
On an iphone6 plus running iOS 11.3, the latest version crashes many times before becoming stable. It will crash on login, user selection button push, scrolling through the user list, etc then and only then can you actually use the app.
Pls let people have the option to customize their status
supermansaga on 4/3/2018
For example, I want to specify I am out of office and why.
Works well!
Bill LLD on 4/2/2018
It does sync with the desktop application. It actually sends the messages to my Skype on the pc as well as my phone and Apple Watch when I am not on my co outer. Very good when on the go!
Lack of sync
Paulo Madeira on 4/1/2018
Skype do sync message between computer and apple devices
Eng manager
Tmobizuser on 3/31/2018
This is great Works everytime
Nags but won't update
randallkerr on 3/31/2018
Once again, in yet another version, this app nags me to update my iPhone 5, then claims the new version is incompatible with my phone. Really, Microsoft?!? Just a tiny bit of effort could fix this. Poor quality control and obviously zero testing. Epic fail!
Non-starter, epic fail
Okwtfnickname on 3/30/2018
Will not run on my iOS devices, not iPad, not iPad mini *unless I have the latest*. Guess that means Google wins, Microsoft is floundering, it won't run in Safari Browser, either. Going to try Linux next. Not rushing out anytime soon to buy yet another Windows laptop
Lots of glitches
Pdx_biker9 on 3/30/2018
Clunky UI Can't get back to call when go to other screens because ui is poor. Clashes with lync on my pc. International lync sessions are awful. Wont call my phone. Wont let people in. Oh, and Skype eats my IM messages. It shows up on my banners but then when I open skype, the message is gone and because it went to my phone it didn't go to my computer. Lost forever. PLEASE make this software work reliably. When it works is ok
Great business IM client
AMorbidOne on 3/29/2018
Works flawlessly on iPad iPhone and my windows desktop. Only flaw is sometimes (rarely) screen sharing gets a little latent but otherwise voice quality and reliability are wonderful.
sonhue on 3/26/2018
very nice app
Doesn’t work
MFJC on 3/20/2018
Does not let you type
Worthless; Cannot Access
ZdAUR4r7dwyAKc on 3/20/2018
Requires a different user / pswd than my PC Skype application, but I have no idea what it might be. Would be useful if Skype could be accessed, so I deleted the app. Typical Microsoft frustration.
One of the worst apps we’re forced to use
Alan_2011 on 3/20/2018
Seriously, use Slack. This is the paragon of trash software that does everything but the basics, badly.
Can’t sign in after last update
SaltySeaB on 3/16/2018
I installed the update earlier this week and haven’t been able to sign in since. I’ve deleted and reinstalled the app a few times and everything else I could think to try and Google, but the app still won’t sign in. I was signed in before the update and I’m still signed in on my laptop. I really enjoyed having the app before this all happened. Can anyone help?
iPhone 4s
Ctdannyd on 3/16/2018
Wonderful program EXCEPT, although it shows up to update on my 4s, the Apple Store tells me I can't, yet it still shows up as an update.
App Meetings
Nbnbret on 3/14/2018
Still frustrated by the Skype app calls when connecting from phone. It is already frustrating enough that the Bluetooth headset through my computer barely works, but the App through my phone won’t let Speakerphone option, Mute, or any other normal feature work. Seriously, what is the point in having it at all when those are the most basic uses. Nobody can hear me and it would be better if I just don’t join the meeting at all.
Missed messages can’t be seen
Kev Scout on 3/13/2018
Very useful when it works and that tends to be well when I initiate a conversation but when I miss a conversation, I can’t see what the person said when I click on the message. Where did that missed message go? I can see a preview of it in the main dashboard but when I click the contact, there are no messages. Given the high rating of this app overall I have to believe there is an issue in our corporate setup or something along those lines. I’ll submit a ticket on both sides with screenshots. It looks like my company disabled the ability to select the option to “Save IM conversations in my email Conversation History folder”. Not sure if that is an indication of the potential root cause.
Worst App Ever.
DocOfRock2000 on 3/12/2018
I have to agree with Messthebeast. My company recently switched to this app in lieu of formerly WebEx that was working just fine remotely, switching calls and everything. And along with PC coordination. This app is totally useless. Still I cannot sign in, and even the PC version for meetings is TERRIBLE and unstable as compared to other. Really, really bad. Uninstalling again.
Reading a missed message
JinkhinJ on 3/9/2018
Sometimes I log on to the app and see a missed message. The summary view shows the first few words of the message but when I open it I get a blank screen and no message content.
iPhone X support
FFranksJr on 3/8/2018
Works great! CallKit is perfect. Looking forward to synchronized chat on all platforms alongside Teams Integration.
Dangerous app
Artiste212 on 3/8/2018
This app does not respect my iPhone 8+ privacy settings and accessed my contacts despite the not allowing this in the Settings app. I don’t want my employer to get my contacts. After all, this is my personal phone, not theirs. So I won’t use it.
Need sort by status
navymac62 on 3/7/2018
Please just mimic the desktop version
Simply terrible
mprink23 on 3/7/2018
Every time I open the app I get a drop down notification that states "There is an error in the application. Please restart the application". Same thing happens every time I restart or open the app. The app also does not pull up my meetings even though I'm signed in with my skype for business account. Audio and video have failed on a large number of meetings, when I've been in great cell service or wifi. I have submitted reviews, completed surveys prompted within the app, and reached out to Microsoft. Their response? Silence.
we need your...
Vtolkov on 3/5/2018
“We need your phone number...”at the start. Can it be more polite and at least explain why do you need it? And who is “we”? And which number? Work number or mobile or registered to this device? And the rest of it is as confusing as the first question. Microsoft was doing much better work in the past.
Diagnostic Announcement Service error
mmiphonex on 3/1/2018
I will get Diagnostic Announcement Service error message or “The recipient is currently unavailable or the number is offline”. The numbers I call are valid numbers because I also called using my regular mobile number to check and I was able to get through. Also if I call a number and dial that number again, I get a that number is not in service error message .
Just a bit more effort
Messthebeast on 2/28/2018
The reason this app gets one star is because it doesn't sync up with skype on one's computer. This is the simplest most basic piece of functionality a messaging app should do. If I send a message from my phone to a coworker, I should be able to see it on my computer. If I receive a message on my phone from a coworker, read it, then wish to respond via computer, the message USUALLY DOES NOT SHOW UP ON THE COMPUTER. Highly frustrating, Groupme has been doing this for years guys, literally years. Edit: So I originally stated the syncing issue was my only qualm. I was sorely misguided. This app has continued to disappoint repeatedly. I’m currently traveling internationally and simply unable to connect via WiFi (note groupme connects rapidly). It’s comical how bad this app is and I laud the developers who created it for how little they cared. I desire to someday care so little about what I do and yet still have it published for thousands to use. It will be the greatest practica joke of my life. I have written maybe 10 reviews total in my tenure as an Apple user. This app holds first place for two reviews under my name.
It's ok but lacks in so many critical spots
drnimrod on 2/27/2018
Start off with the good: The app is perfect for attending calls during a morning or evening commute Bad: - I rarely, if ever, get notifications I have an IM - When I open the app, say on a Monday, all of the chats I have had with coworkers over the course of the last week open up with no messages inside them. I never even had the convos on my skype app, they were had from my desktop client. - Deleting all of chats that open up is miserable. There's no option to select which ones you want to delete, you have to do the stupid swipe for each and every one. Annoying. - If I'm on a call while driving, and i lock my phone, I constantly get notifications that the call has started video conferencing and I have to constantly swipe the alert away. - If I ever do get a notification, I can see the partial chat of what the other person said, when I open the chat, there's no chat text. Overall, this is easily THE WORST iOS/Android app for chatting with coworkers.
Why Skype for business?
dark0n3 on 2/27/2018
First of all, why?? What’s wrong with regular Skype? Why not use exchange server to login to normal Skype? I guess people working on Lync needed something to do, to not be laid off, from the “huge success” of Lync... This is a bad enough app, design, ui, etc.. but wait until you use it concomitently with the Skype for business on your PC.. then the fun begins.. messages not received, or only on 1 device, your reply not recorded to the other device, failing to send mesaages and much more! No chat history on PC but on the iPhone you have it.. only there’s a separate entry for each chat you had with the same contact!! Really??? And the replies you send from PC are not saved on the iPhone app.. but the response from your contact yes. Another bug is when you change your exchange server password.. then you get an annoying notification in the app saying it cannot connect to the exchange server, try again later.. although it is connected (with the new password) and working... Eventually uninstalled this app, don’t need this crap in my phone.. rookie devs at Microsoft, the startup company.
Calls keep getting disconnected
Keira Bui on 2/26/2018
Calls keep getting disconnected. Tried calling multiple times but they all failed.
Update to support 2 step verification
AlteRocK on 2/23/2018
It’s downright a nuisance having to generate a new app password everytime the internet fails, the password needs resetting or any other random reason I may need to log in again. If all other microsoft products support it, why doesn’t Skype for Business!? Oh and don’t get me started on everything else I want fix. I’ll settle for my first request for now.
Issue with new iPhone X layout
GolferZach on 2/23/2018
I like that the app updated for iPhone X, but the text area is first in the unusable area of the bottom of the screen where you slide up to close and it’s near impossible to tap there to start typing.
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