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Latest version of Skype now only available for Macs running 10.9.x or higher

While assisting a user today whose workstation is running 10.8.5, I downloaded the latest version of Skype and tried to run it. To my surprise, I received the following message.

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 4.23.18 PM

It looks like Skype 6.1.7 only supports 10.9 and higher, which is not something mentioned on the Skype support site’s system requirements page.

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 4.23.04 PM

The new system requirements are available on the Skype download page by clicking the System Requirements link found there.

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 3.32.57 PM

For those that need a version of Skype that works on 10.6.x – 10.8.x, it looks like Skype 6.1.5 (334) is the latest version available. It’s available from the following link:


Hat tip to @tvsutton for finding the download link for the latest version of Skype that works on 10.6.x – 10.8.x.

  1. Manny
    May 30, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This is indeed surprising, because breaking backwards compatibility is usually done for a major version with major features and benefits that aren’t available in previous platforms.
    So in this case, I wonder what new feature or capability in Skype relies on a feature in OSX 10.9 or fails because of a bug in OSX 10.8.5 and below?

  2. dggh
    August 2, 2014 at 7:32 am


  3. sonical
    August 6, 2014 at 9:18 am

    the new feature in non removable banner ads, I believe

  4. August 12, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Quit Skype
    Right click Skype
    Show Package Contents
    Open the folder named Contents
    Replace info.plist with this new one
    Tada, now you can use your old version of Skype regardless of which version you currently have

    • Saif
      September 21, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Hi Christain,

      Can you share that Info.plist if you still have it somewhere or can you let me know where can I find one.


  5. Keith Scott
    August 20, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I have OSX10-4-11 on Mac G5
    How much longer will I have before having to cease my use of Skype?

  6. rich
    April 3, 2016 at 10:19 am
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