Update 07/01/2015: We have lowered the inactivity timer from 60 minutes to five minutes.
If you use Skype on a mobile client, we’re making changes to the way your Skype status is shown to your contacts. This change is happening so that it’s clearer to your friends when you are actively using Skype and when you’re away. These changes will be introduced gradually and have already been activated for the first group of users.
Previously, if you had signed in to a mobile client, Skype would always show you as online to your contacts.
Now, when you are offline on your desktop client and not active on your mobile client for 60 minutes five minutes, your status will be changed from Online to Away.
If you sign out of Skype before closing it your contacts will see you go offline immediately, just as they did before. You can also continue to use the /remotelogout chat command to sign out of Skype on all your devices other than the one you’re currently using.
This change to your online status will be applied across all versions of Skype, but there are slight differences depending on the device you use, and this is described below.
Skype for Windows desktop and Skype for Mac
If you use the Show me as Away when I’ve been inactive for X minutes setting in Skype for Windows desktop or Skype for Mac, or if you have disabled it through Tools > Options nothing will change for you as a result of this update. There also won’t be any changes to how you manually set your status to Do not Disturb, Invisible or Away.
Skype for Android
Skype for Android syncs with our servers once every 8 hours when left running in the background. This activity will bring you out of your Away state temporarily. You can prevent this by stopping the Skype for Android process.
The steps for stopping a process differ from one version of Android to another, so be sure to check with your handset manufacturer for instructions for your device.
Additionally, if you have enabled the feature sync group messages in the background, this will register as Skype activity on your Android device and will stop your status being set to Away.
To configure this feature go into Settings > Notifications.
Skype for iPad (iOS)
The Skype for iPad application also has a feature to periodically check in with the Skype servers. As with Android, this has the effect of bringing you out of Away status and back Online. Hence, if you are running Skype for iPad, your status will always show Green (Online) until such time as you stop or sign out of the application.
Skype for iPhone, iPod and Windows Mobile
If you have Skype for iPhone, iPod or Windows Phone, your status behaviour will changed as described, showing you as Away to your contacts after 60 minutes five minutes of inactivity.