Until now, if you want to talk to someone on Skype, you both need to be connected on Skype as contacts. If they are not on your contact list, finding your friends on Skype may become a tedious process. Microsoft today announced a brand new feature for Android users that makes it easier than ever to find the people you’re looking for on Skype. Skype for Android will now automatically look for contact matches between Skype and your phone address book.
With Skype 5.0 for Android, you’ll be able to connect Skype to your phone address book. This means it’s easier than ever to find contacts you already know on Skype so you can start chatting, calling and sharing instantly. After you download the latest Android update, in the coming months you’ll be prompted to verify your phone number. From there, the app will automatically look for contact matches between Skype and your address book. When matches are found, you’ll see new contacts show up in your Skype people list. Your Skype contacts will keep evolving as more friends in your address book join Skype. And rest assured, once you connect your address book, we won’t spam your friends.
Similarly, you can use your Microsoft Account to find friends. In your settings, you can easily choose whether you want your address book contacts to be automatically added to Skype or not. And your number will not be a public part of your profile. Microsoft is working to bring this new feature to all mobile devices in the future.