Getting Voicemails on Skype for Android

I’m a recent arrival in the world of Android, but not in the world of Skype. So getting Skype on my Android tablet was a high priority. In general it works as you’d expect (aside from the occasional crash). However, receiving voicemails is far from obvious, and after a lot of messing about I’ve worked out how it works. The trick is patience, as you will see.

Skype home screen

Skype home screen

Step 1: From the home screen, press the Recent button. If you’ve just received a message, this will have a number attached. I’ve already looked at my history so the number has gone.

Skype history

Skype history

Step 2: Someone phoned me at 20:30 and left a message (the top entry above). Press that row to get to the history for that number.

Wait for the voicemail to download

Wait for the voicemail to download

Step 3: WAIT! This page is mostly empty so I’ve truncated it. You will see in the top right three icons. The standard Android Settings icon, a phone icon which will call the number, and a spinning ‘wait’ icon. This third icon is the key. While Skype knows that there’s a voicemail for this number, it won’t tell you anything about it on this page. However, the spinny thing tells you it’s doing something, and that thing is downloading the voicemail. That’s the only indication you get on this page. If you are a good boy or girl and sit very still, the download will eventually complete. This can take a surprisingly long time. When it’s finished, you get:

The voicemail has landed!

The voicemail has landed!

Mission Accomplished! The voicemail has arrived! You can now play it.

Addendum 1: Occasionally, the spinny thing will never stop its spinny antics. If you’ve waited more than a couple of minutes, try tapping it. Quite often the voicemail will magically appear – it seems that the app doesn’t always update properly once the download is complete.

Addendum 2: I have yet to find a way of deleting voicemails through the Android app. I’ve been going back to the desktop software to do that.

March 14, 2013   Tags: android, apps

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