How to fix Skype can’t connect – Ubuntu 16.04

I just updated to Ubuntu 16.04 and tried to make a Skype call.  It said that “Skype can’t connect”.  The error message looks like this:

Skype Can't Conect Ubuntu

To fix this you need to remove Skype completely from your system including your settings.

1) Remove the skype and it’s settings

sudo apt-get remove –purge skype skype:i386

2) Remove any settings in your home directory:

rm -rf ~/.Skype

3) Reinstall the application:

sudo apt-get install skype

You should then launch Skype and see the following term dialogue box.

Terms of Use_026

If you don’t see this box when you first launch Skype then you didn’t remove all the settings.  Your Skype should now connect 🙂

3 thoughts to “How to fix Skype can’t connect – Ubuntu 16.04”

  1. I faced the same error, what I followed after reading some forums and some trials was:

    sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin:i386 skype:i386
    sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386
    rm -rf ~/.Skype
    sudo dpkg –add-architecture i386
    sudo apt-get update

    Then go to :
    The file gets downloaded automatically.
    Click on the file , it’ll direct to the Ubuntu Software Center and install from there
    It worked for me.

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