Skype Can’t Connect – How to Quickly Fix This Error

On August second two thousand fourteen, I was unable to sign in to Skype successfully. I kept getting a “Skype Can’t Connect” error message. I was using Linux Ubuntu 12.04 with Microsoft Skype version 4.2 installed.

I quickly looked on the Internet for some possible solutions. One was to try to delete my Microsoft Skype folder. In your linux operating system you want to browse to your home folder and delete the .Skype folder.

It might be hidden, so you can type in “ls -al” in a command prompt, without quotations, so that all your files and folders are listed. Also, you can quickly delete this folder with a “rm -fr .Skype” linux command, without any quotations. Any commands you type are without quotes.

Obviously you can use file manager to delete this folder, but since it is hidden you will want to enable “Show Hidden Files”. On Microsoft Windows XP,  Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7, and Microsoft Windows 8 you want to find the skype configuration folder somewhere under your user profile. On Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7, and Microsoft Windows 8 you would browse to C:\Users\”your username”\.

On Microsoft Windows XP look for your profile under C:\Documents and Settings\”your username”\. Also, on any Microsoft operating system you could use a search tool and look for a Skype folder under your user profile. Make sure to not delete your Skype folder under “Program Files” on Windows XP or “Programs and Features” on Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7, or Microsoft Windows 8.

Once you delete that Microsoft Skype configuration folder try to start Microsoft Skype application again and see if you are now able to successfully sign in. If that does not fix your issue you can try to sign in to your Microsoft Skype account on Skype.com. If you are able to successfully sign in to web based Microsoft Skype then it is not a problem with your Microsoft Skype account.

In my case what fixed that “Skype Can’t Connect” error message was when I upgraded from Microsoft Skype 4.2 to Microsoft Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu Linux 64 bit. I quickly ran an “apt-get dist-upgrade”, without quotations and Microsoft skype was upgraded from a previous 4.2.x.x version to 4.3.0.37 version. Once I upgraded Microsoft Skype to version 4.3.0.37 I tried signing in.

Now I was able to sign in successfully to Microsoft Skype. Hopefully, these tips will help you to fix your “Skype Can’t Connect” error message on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and maybe even possibly Apple Macintosh operating systems.

Skype Can’t Connect – How to Quickly Fix This Error Video Transcript

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this is Erin with Anna computers from a
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net computers comm with an I impromptu
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video I wanted to discuss Skype earlier
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today my skype quick working I was using
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Skype version 4.2 which as you can see
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I’ve upgraded and I kept receiving this
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message Skype can’t connect Skype can’t
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connect exactly as it’s typed here and I
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was certain that I was using my correct
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password because I had it enabled where
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Skype remembered my password and sign in
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and it would always automatically sign
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in even on Linux
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so what occurred was that the first fix
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I tried was to delete a local Skype
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directory and I found that off of this
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website on skype comm can’t sign in
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Ubuntu 12.04 this was an older post 2012
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but I tried one of their quick fixes
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delete the home directory and then slash
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dot Skype so that’s what I tried and
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I’ll show you what command I would use
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I’m not going to hit enter because I
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don’t want to leap that folder because
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Skype works for me now so I just no
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point but let me go over real quick this
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is for Linux users you have your home
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folder and then you have all these
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folders and files that might be hidden
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so I typed it here I can show you this
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command
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ls- al will show everything and that’s
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what I did so you can see where I’ve
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highlighted the Skype right here as you
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can see it might be a little bit
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difficult to see but where my mouse
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cursor is its dot sky pet with a capital
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S and it’s case sensitive so then once
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again in the future you might have this
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problem so this tip might help you it
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did not help help this specific problem
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I was having with Skype and I’ll get to
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that that’s why I decided to create this
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video because this problem just arose
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within the last couple of days and it
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has to deal with Skype so and I’ll get
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to that but just in in the future if you
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watch this video and then I might what
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write a blog post if I write a blog post
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about this I will make sure I put the
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URL to my website a net computers comm –
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the exact URL for the blog post in the
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video description so that you can
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quickly go to my website and then read
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over what solve my problem and then some
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other additional tips or steps that
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might help fix your issue if it is a
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problem in the future or Skype isn’t
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working this is what you can try you can
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delete your dot Skype hidden folder on
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Linux it’s in your home folder and then
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it’s a dot and then capital SK YP e on
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windows it’s going to be a little bit
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different it will be your Skype folder
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in your User Profile Windows XP
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documents and settings and then your
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user folder your you know whatever your
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username is and then somewhere in there
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somewhere in your profile same thing
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with Windows 7 Vista 8 in on Windows 7
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I think Vista and higher its C users on
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Windows XP at C documents and settings
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and then your profile same thing with
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the Vista 7 8 it’s C users and then your
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profile somewhere in your profile you
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will have your
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folder you want to delete that folder
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that just has settings you don’t want to
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delete Skype installation folder under
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programs no or programs and features on
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Vista 7 8 no your Skype folder in under
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your User Profile that’s where some of
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your Skype settings are saved
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same thing with Linux so I would so to
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go over it on Linux I’m using Ubuntu you
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would it’s exactly the way I typed it
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our M space minus sign or – F are
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lowercase both of them are lowercase
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space dot capital s KY PE I’m not going
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to enter hit enter because I will delete
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that folder that will completely remove
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that hidden folder the dot means
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basically it’s hidden on Linux a lot of
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folders are hidden a lot of the profile
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folders for programs are hidden you
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could do an LS – L it won’t show hidden
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files LS – al will show everything so
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I’ll go over quickly what the f and the
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are and why I type this command in this
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way RM will remove files on Linux
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well the quickest way I’ve learned to
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remove files and folders so we’ll it
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will do is it will delete any files and
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subfolders within that folder Skype
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that’s why it that’s what the F and the
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R is for files and then recursive files
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and folders recursively meaning anything
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any subfolders that way otherwise it can
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take you forever if you just remove
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files if you don’t type in the command
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correctly you have to go into each
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folder delete all the files then go back
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up a folder then delete see that there’s
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a security procedure with Linux where if
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you just use the RM command you remove
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it won’t let you
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remove folders that’s why you have to
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delete all the files within the folder
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then it will allow you to remove that
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folder when all files are removed well
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there’s another command that will remove
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everything it will remove that entire
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folder any other files within it and any
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other folders within it recursively so
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be careful this is a warning I guess if
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you’re used to Linux you know but if
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you’re not accustomed to Linux yet just
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be careful with this type of a command
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because you want to make sure that you
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want to delete that folder because it
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deletes everything everything on there
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so so that I will show you that I’m not
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then going to Skype I want to show you
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that it works now and I want to show you
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that I upgraded I upgraded it from Skype
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4.2 I just upgraded it about I don’t
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know 20 minutes ago I was running Skype
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4.2 on my Linux distribution and then
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what I did was I typed in I can show you
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that too real quick and apt-get
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I don’t have anything else to upgrade
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because I just ran in about 20 minutes
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ago but what happened was I found
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another oh let me show you the tip first
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maybe that’ll be easier for you so I can
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close this website it didn’t help
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because that’s what wasn’t an issue what
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happened was was that Skype for what I
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don’t know why yet I haven’t looked into
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it yet but Skype allegedly has blocked
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people from logging in with older
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versions of Skype I was using 4.2 that’s
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pretty new and I was not able to login
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with any my Skype accounts I verified it
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I’ll show you that I verified I’m
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already signed in see with this account
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that’s another tip that’s the second
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thing I tried I was like well me I
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wanted to make sure whether see I
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thought maybe somebody locked my Skype
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account or you know what I’m saying
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sometimes that happens people will try
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to hack your account or even robots will
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go out there and you know whatever
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disable your account or try to sign in
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too many times or they forgot their
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account and whatever so I quickly went
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to Skype comm and I signed in and I
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signed in successfully as you can see so
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it wasn’t an issue with my Skype account
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that’s another thing you can check is go
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out to Skype comm and make sure that
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it’s not a problem with your account
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that way you’re not messing around
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wasting time thinking that it’s your
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software see that I almost was going to
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reinstall my software but I’m like wait
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a minute let’s go out to their web
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interface and make sure whether or not
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it’s an issue with my account now if
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it’s an issue with your account that
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could be something else it could be
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locked or you mistyped your password too
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many times or I don’t maybe you’ve got
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your account disabled or I don’t you
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know something like that but that’s not
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the case with my problem so I’ll close
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this and then I will show you that I can
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sign in now
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so it’s signing in signing in notice how
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I didn’t receive that error
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and I typed I added this to my update my
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little profile Skype 4.3 works because
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Skype 4.2 wasn’t working for me so as
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you can see I was able to successfully
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sign-in and I wanted to show you that
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and then I wanted to show you this
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article or forum post on ask you buncher
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comm this is where I receive my
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information as you can see Skype can’t
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connect I received this exact same error
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verbatim with Skype 4.2 about a half an
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hour ago not too long ago after I
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restarted my computer to finish an
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upgrade I cannot log in at Skype anymore
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it only shows the message Skype can’t
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connect if I try a web version it works
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I’m using Skype 4.2 that’s exactly my
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same problem I was able to login with
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their web version but not with my Skype
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client and I was using the exact same
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version of Skype 4.2 and I was also
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using Ubuntu well here’s where I found
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out this was yesterday
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try again Skype is working now so it
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seems like it was intermittent yesterday
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I just tried the problem remains the
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post about 4.2 being retired is probably
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the most correct yes allegedly they
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retired 4.2 I don’t know that for a fact
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I haven’t independently verified it with
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Skype but I think that’s possible
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however I’m on 4.2 0.13 and for whatever
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reason it still works so maybe maybe
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that’s what it was maybe certain
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versions are 4.2 do not allow you to
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login I didn’t I didn’t I knew I was
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running 4.2 but I don’t know now what
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exact version me again when I upgrade
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with Ubuntu it automatically jumped to
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4.3 it didn’t even upgrade you know from
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four point two point zero point nine to
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four point two point zero one five
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whatever it automatically skipped the
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4.2 s and directly to four point three
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so it could be a bug or an issue with
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versions or 4.2 I just don’t know
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according to this post Skype versions
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older than 4.3 are unable to connect as
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of today as you can see the date August
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1st 2014 though it could have just been
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a temporary outage of the Skype servers
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I was able to connect after updating
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Skype I just updated to 4.3 following
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this link and it worked
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typical Microsoft this link explains the
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instructions for install installing
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Skype 4.3 on a lot of distros including
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Ubuntu 12.04 till 1404 for both 32-bit
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and 64-bit systems I’m running a 64-bit
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system so that was it that was my fix
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and that’s what my youtube video is
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about is my tip is that hopefully by you
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upgrading your version of Skype I would
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even say Windows XP Vista 7 8 try
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upgrading your Skype first well you
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could try number one delete your Skype
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folder if that doesn’t fix your issue
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number two go-to skypes web-based
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version go to Skype comm and sign in and
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make sure whether or not it’s a problem
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with your Skype account if it’s if you
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can able your able to sign in that tells
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you that it’s a problem with your Skype
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client number 3 try to upgrade your
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version of Skype if you’re on Windows XP
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Vista 7 8 however you upgrade your Skype
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if it’s with your Windows updates or you
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could go directly to Skype comm here we
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could do that really quick
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skype.com go to downloads select
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downloads and it’s proper it’ll detect I
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think that’s what this website does it’s
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detecting that I’m using Linux I’m
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signed in and it says Skype for Linux on
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your computer your Windows computer XP
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Vista 7 8 it should tell you Skype for
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Windows but here I can even choose my
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distribution it detects that I’m running
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Linux but it looks like it’s not you
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know completely 100 percent but that’s
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ok
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so then I click on choose another
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version windows desktop modern Windows
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Mac so I would say that if you’re
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running Windows you should be able to
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sign in or you don’t even have to sign
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in just go to Skype to comm go to
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downloads it should detect your web
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browser which and then it probably it
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should detect your operating system oh
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you’re running Windows and then but it
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might have a drop-down where it chooses
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choose your version windows if you’re
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running XP choose XP or Vista or 7 or 8
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and then download a most current version
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of Skype I don’t know for a fact I’m not
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going to tell you the oh I know for a
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fact that Microsoft shut everybody down
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that we’re using older versions of Skype
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from 4.2 all the way down and only 4.3
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versions can work I don’t know that I
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know for a fact that when I upgraded my
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version of Skype from 4.2 to 4.3 it
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worked so I know that much so try to
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upgrade your version of Skype hopefully
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that solves your problem whether you are
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on Linux or Windows and I would even say
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Mac it’s possible that you know I would
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assume that if people can’t sign in with
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4.2 on Linux and windows how could they
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sign in on 4.2 with Macs so also you
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could try these tips if you’re using Mac
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obviously a way that you resolve your
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issue is a little bit different you’re
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going to have to you know however you
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delete your profile folder on
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Mac and then however you upgrade etc so
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anyways you can always browse to init
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computers comm for more potential tips
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and fixes to solve your most common
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computer problems thank you for
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listening

10 Replies to “Skype Can’t Connect – How to Quickly Fix This Error”

  1. I’m having a problem with my skype too, it says that “Skype can’t connect” but I’m 100% sure that my username and password are correct. When I try to log it in skype.com, same username and pass and It was okay. Please help. I’m using windows 7, I have tried to reinstall skype but same problem, I have tried also to reformat my pc, change my IP address, check my firewall and disable and enable it but nothings change. I have tried to update skype and update my OS, but it didn’t work. I don’t know what’s happening now in my skype or my pc, can someone help me with this problem?

  2. What exact version of Skype are you trying to install ie. 6.13? You are correct if you are able to login with your Skype username and password at Skype.com then it’s not a problem with your account. When you say you are trying to update your PC, do you mean Windows updates?

    You could try installing Windows 7 service pack 2, if you don’t already have it installed. Also, try to install all available Windows 7 updates. Another thing you could try is to use Revo Uninstaller to properly remove Skype, then try to reinstall it.

    Ccleaner is another application you could use after removing Skype and before reinstalling.

    Thanks,

    Aaron

  3. I’m having the same problem. I’ve newly downloaded it from the website – version 6.21.0.104

  4. You could try completely removing Skype. Then use a file and registry clean up tool like ccleaner or revo uninstaller. Once you perform that then try downloading and reinstalling Skype.

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