Why does Skype forbid transfers of large files?

“Not sent – File is larger than 100 MB.”

This appears when file larger than 100 MB is selected for transferring

If you are a keen Skype user, you most probably use it for pretty much everything – from texting and talking to sharing large files. 

Doing that last bit with your contacts on Skype is extremely easy and convenient. All it takes is to drag and drop the file in the chat window.  However, after a recent change that Microsoft has made to this particular feature it may not turn out to be too good of a news for some of you.

Microsoft is blocking large file transfers on Skype and limiting the size up to 100 MB. In case the file you want to send is larger than that, an error message will appear and the transmitting will be canceled.

Many Skype users are yet to realize the new features and its limitations.


With this new restriction in place, users have only two ways to get around the file size sharing limitation. They either have to upload the file to OneDrive and share the link from there, or split the large file they want to send into several smaller pieces. This change seems to create some inconvenience for the keen Skype users, but this move has its strategic explanation. It appears that Microsoft wants to promote its OneDrive platform as a file sharing solution, which is probably why the company decided to end the large file sharing practice in Skype.

A part of the Microsoft strategy is keeping devices synchronized. Therefore, Skype file transfers now are synchronized across all users’ devices. When sending a file on your computer, it also appears for downloading on smartphones and tablets.

To keep its users happy and compensate for the file size limitation, Skype is packed with another helpful functionality – the auto-pause option. Surely it has happened to you – losing your Internet connection while sending files. It was quite the annoying thing in the past, since when you finally reconnected, you had to start it all again. Now, Skype supports auto-pausing which enables users to be able to resume a file transfer when they get back online.

Another change that is worth knowing is that files transferred as part of a Skype chat remain available for download for 30 days. When this time expires, the download button displays the message “file unavailable.”

So far so good, but surprisingly for everyone, all these new changes to Skype have been implemented without much noise by Microsoft. Therefore, there is a great chance that many users are clueless about the new limitations and functionalities.  If you are one of them, now you know your Skype limits.

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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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