While Skype’s primary use is to video call with friends and family, it has also been pretty popular as a text-based communication platform. A good part of Skype’s popularity for this purpose is related to its convenience. As people are already using the app for video calls, it’s easy to keep text-based communication on the same platform.
One of the positives of using Skype as a text-based communication platform is that it allows you to share images and files with the other people in your conversation. The maximum file size limit for this is very reasonable, at 300MB.
Skype allows you to choose if you want files and images shared with you to be downloaded automatically when sent. Or if you need to click on them for them to start downloading. On the one hand, if you have a slow internet connection, having a large download start as soon as possible means, you’ll be able to access it sooner. On the other hand, you may not want to download a copy of everything shared with you, especially if you only have limited storage space remaining.
How to Stop Skype’s Automatic File Download
You can configure the automatic download settings in Skype’s settings. To access Skype’s settings, click on the triple-dot icon in the top-left corner, then click on “Settings.”
Once in the settings, switch to the “Messaging” tab and scroll to the bottom. The second and third to last options allow you to enable or disable the automatic download of files and photos. With these two options, you can choose to download files automatically but not images or vice-versa.
The last option in the list allows you to choose where downloaded files are saved on your device. The default save location is your “Downloads” directory. To change the download directory, click “Change Directory” on the right-hand side.