I was trying to know if I send a file through Skype to friend who is in same LAN as me then whether it will get transferred via LAN or it will consume some my internet bandwidth also.

I have searched a little bit but I found links about Skype calls not file transfers. So I’m not pretty sure if skype file transfers doesn’t consumes internet bandwidth. Is anyone sure here? Any reference?

  • Just try it. You'll see if it is done with LAN speed or internet speed. May 16, 2012 at 11:49
  • I have tried it. Sometimes transfer is pretty fast. sometimes its very slow. That's why I'm not getting sure about it. May 16, 2012 at 11:57
  • If direct connection is possible, it should use it. If not (NAT or firewall in the way) it will fall back to relayed transfer. Perhaps it is smart enough to only require one of the parts to be directly connectable. May 16, 2012 at 12:06
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    This may no longer be the case, what with Microsoft changing the way Skype works to make calls easier to intercept. There was also the issue of being able to track a Skype users' IP address, hence the new Allow direct connection to your contacts only option under Options->Advanced->Connection
    – Basic
    Feb 1, 2014 at 11:43

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Microsoft and Skype appear to have made a final decision to totally remove any fast peer-to-peer file transfers, as of at least version 6.18, released in August, 2014.

Your only option for FAST LAN file transfers is to downgrade to a previous version, before 6.18.

Version 6.14 appeared to be more stable than 6.16; but I need to confirm. Further, there are no longer ANY previous versions of Skype available from Microsoft/Skype, and you must obtain them from places like the WayBack Machine.

Advice If Downgrading:

If you downgrade your Skype version, this will likely be temporary. I predict that all updates will become forced very soon, as they've stated that all auto-updates will mandatory with Windows 10. This also will mean they will permanently break any previous versions of Skype. As of today, March 31, 2015, Skype is now upgraded automatically through Windows update, KB2876229. Your only option for disabling this is to right click in Windows Update, and choose HIDE. But, even this may be temporary, since a future update may “unhide” that KB, or issue a new one, just as they did with the Windows 8.0-8.1 forced upgrade. This will still not disable updates from being requested inside versions 6.18-6.22, for which you must also turn off the “Skype update service.”

For more information, see Skype's official forum posts:

GET version 6.14 (which should be fast and that has the good UI)

GET version

  • This has the last good UI, but slow LAN file transfers.

  • NOTE: has the BAD "blue bubble messages" UI that wastes space.

  • Here are some tested links: VERIFY the MD-5:

  • Skype (EXE version) [web.archive.org = from Skype]
    File size= 36,039,776
    MD-5= 6082D256DCDCD068F76B677DB8ED1181

  • Skype (MSI version) [web.archive.org = from Skype]
    File size= 26,951,680
    MD-5= E5C8C6127AA2B57CBA3116C523A6D1C9


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