Skype Is Automatically Answering Some Calls on Android (Updated)

Posted on April 1, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Skype with 13 Comments

Skype for Android has a really weird issue. And it’s a massive privacy problem.

UPDATE: Microsoft says that it is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it.

Believe it or not, Skype has a feature called automatic answering that automatically answers your calls for you. And on the Android app, the feature is malfunctioning, automatically answering your incoming calls even if the feature is disabled.

Android Police reports that users have been reporting the issue as early as January of this year, which seems to be caused by smartwatches. Those who connected their devices with a smartwatch will have their calls automatically answered because of a bug in the app, but disconnecting your smartwatch helps temporarily avoid the problem.

That is still not good enough, though. If you are simply not aware of the problem, your incoming calls can be answered automatically by the Skype app, putting you in an awkward situation. For one, you may not even be aware that a call has been answered, or the caller might hear things you don’t want them to hear, putting your privacy at risk.

The issue is identical to the one with FaceTime where a massive privacy bug allowed users to hear the other person’s microphone even before the call was answered.

The good news is that the issue seems to have been resolved on the Skype Preview app, so a fix should be coming to the public soon. Microsoft hasn’t officially acknowledged the issue, however, which is very odd. I have reached out to Microsoft for more on this issue and will update this story if I hear back.

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Comments (14)

14 responses to “Skype Is Automatically Answering Some Calls on Android (Updated)”

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    dontbe evil

    they copied facetime feature

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    wolters

    Thank you for posting this. My daughter would call me when at work and bam, it would automatically answer on my phone at certain moments, like meetings. It has been driving me crazy looking for a solution to it.


    I also find it odd that Microsoft never acknowledged it.

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    TeeJaySD

    Having same issue when my Pixel XL 2 is connected via Bluetooth to my car. Hope this fixes it.

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    jchampeau

    What is the use case for auto-answer? Why would anyone turn it on?

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      IanYates82

      In reply to jchampeau:

      Handy for a fixed endpoint. Picture putting an old phone to watch the kids in the pool whilst you have to duck inside for a moment. You can just call that old phone and it'll auto answer.


      Of course, a proper wireless camera would be better for this. I'm not sure if the auto-answer does video or only audio.


      (also, watch your kids in the pool!!!)

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    Winner

    Is that kind of like Windows 10 automatic updates?

    Skype answers for you.

    Windows 10 reboots for you.

    Both without your permission.

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