Install Skype 4.2 in Ubuntu 13.04, 12.04, 12.10

Skype For Linux has just reached version 4.2 and this simple and brief tutorial will show you how to install or upgrade to the latest version in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and higher.

In this release it brings a few improvements, new features and a series of small bugfixes.

  • When opening account’s links open your logged-in account.
  • Add subscription status and link to the account brief view in the main window.
  • Add a button to enable voice message from the options dialog.
  • When sharing the screen in a multiple monitor setup, share the one where the call window is at the moment.
  • Add Messenger predefined group when logged-in with your MSA account.
  • Create an entry point to hold a conference call from the conversations view.
  • New sizes for the Skype icon.
  • Bugfixes and more

Install or Upgrade Skype 4.2 on Ubuntu:

1. Hit Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal window, if you’ve already installed a previous version, run this command to uninstall:

sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin


2. Then download the Skype 4.2 from the official website, you can do it via this command:



3. Install the DEB package and fix the dependency problem if any:

sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu*.deb; sudo apt-get -f install


Once installed, you can find it in the Unity Dash Home.

If you are Ubuntu 64bit user and experience audio/instability issues, please install the following package: libasound2-plugins:i386

sudo apt-get install libasound2-plugins:i386



  1. Jake says:

    This completely knocked my sound out and now I have no way of fixing. Tried the above mentioned but still only dummy output is listed in my sound settings

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