Skype portable is a build of the popular instant messaging software designed for users accessing the service on public computers. The portable Skype is exclusively for Windows users on desktop PCs who do not have permission for installing third-party software. As a portable software, one could easily carry Skype on USB pen drive and click to run it anywhere without installation. Though Microsoft does not endorse portable Skype, the tool is widely used and considered safe. There is an active community building portable apps; they have a version for old and new versions of Skype.
Download Skype Portable [new 2018 and old version]
The regular Skype is downloadable as a single installer file in .EXE format. As of October 2018, the latest version of Skype is 8.31 [get new Skype]. The Skype portable, on the other hand, comes in a zip format, with several files inside it. However, many long-term users of Skype prefers the old version of the app, that is now known as the Classic. Hence, we are providing a link to both editions, below this line.
Download Skype Portable 7.40 Classic [zip]: Click here
Download Skype Portable 8.30 [zip]: Click here.
Downloading Skype 8 portable? Check for the Skype icon inside the folder labeled “App,” within the zip file.
Developers produce the portable Skype from the original installer after adding support files and folders. This package is then compressed to form a ZIP file for quick and easy web transfers.
Since Microsoft has no role in creating the portable edition, there are chances you get malware infected version of Skype if you download it from unknown sources. That is the main disadvantage of Skype Portable. We have scanned all the uploads with VirusTotal engine. As you can see, they are free from all kinds of malware.
How to run Skype without installing or administrator rights
Portable Skype is the best choice for School and College students and people who use Internet cafes. System administrators usually disable the installation of chat and video calling apps in networks to prevent security issues and the misuse of resources. Skype portable is at your help when you don’t have admin rights. Here is how a portable version helps you run Skype without installation.
- Download a suitable version of the portable Skype from the links above.
- Copy and carry the ZIP file your USB or storage device.
- Extract the ZIP file to a folder when you are on a machine without installation permission.
- Browse through folders to find the sub-folder named App, and the Skype icon inside it.
- Double tap on the Skype icon to launch the app.
- Skype is ready. Sign in to your Microsoft account and start using.
Just like as shown in the video, you don’t need admin privilege/password to use Skype portable.
Alternative to Skype portable for using Skype without installation
There is another way to use Skype if the Skype portable is not working for you. Browse to the web version of Skype, here. Skype Chat, video and audio calls work on the online version if you are using Chrome on macOS or Microsoft Edge browser on Windows.