Skype’s end-to-end encrypted Private Conversations feature now available across platforms

August 16, 2018

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Back in January, Microsoft announced the preview of end-to-end encrypted Private Conversations on Skype. When you chat with someone using this new Private Conversations feature, the whole conversation will be end-to-end encrypted and the content will be hidden in both the chat list and notifications. After months of testing, this feature is now available for all users on Skype iOS, Android, Linux, Mac, and Windows Desktop).

Here’s how to use this feature:

  • Users can select “New Private Conversation” from the compose menu or from the recipient’s profile.
  • Once an user starts a new Private Conversation, the recipient will receive an invite.
  • After the recipient accepts the invite, all calls and messages in that conversation will be encrypted end-to-end until users choose to end it.
  • Users can participate in only one private conversation from a single device at a time. Users can switch the conversation to other devices, but the messages they send and receive will be tied to the device they’re using at the time.

Download the latest Skype app from respective app stores to enjoy this feature.

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