Skype Qik: mobile video swapping by Microsoft

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 21, 2014
Updated • Aug 13, 2019
Music and Video

I have a hard time understanding the concept of sharing photos or videos with other people. While I do understand that it can be useful at times, say wedding photos or special moments, the increase in shared media is what I don't really get.

There must be something to it though if you consider how popular applications such as Snapchat, Instagram or the recently released Skype Qik (pronounced Quick) are.

Update:  Microsoft retired Skype Qik after moving some of the features that it offered to Skype. The service ceased to exist on March 24, 2016.

We’ve enabled video messaging in Skype and fun features such as filters, to make your messages even more personal. To send a video message in Skype today, simply look for the video message icon in the media bar.


Skype Qik is a free video messenger by Microsoft for the popular mobile platforms Android, iOS and Windows Phone. What is interesting about it is that it does not require a Skype or Microsoft account. In fact, it requires no account at all to start a conversation using it.

The app offers two main modes of operation. The first provides you with options to record a video and let friends know about it afterwards using the phone's address book.

The second starts a group chat first to which you can post video clips that you create using your device.

The interface is minimalistic. You pull down the screen to record a new video and can invite friends to chat either before you start the recording or after you are done. People can be added using the phone's address book.

All videos are displayed in a timeline in chat with the maker and time listed there as well. The videos can be played as often as they remain available.

Qik, just like Snapchat, offers options to erase videos from conversations. This is done with a tap on the trash icon in chat and the selected video will be removed from all devices automatically when that happens. Conversations are also automatically removed after two weeks.

Microsoft notes that it may still be possible to capture and save videos using third-party tools and apps, and that creators don't have control over that.

Recipients need to use the Qik application as well to join conversations and watch videos. If a contact is not already recognized as a Qik user -- presumably by phone number -- a SMS invite is sent out. Skype Qik asks for permission by default whenever that happens but you can disable that in the settings.

There you can also enable that messages are only downloaded over WiFi.

Closing Words

If you like to share videos regularly with a group of contacts, then Skype Qik may be worth a try. It is a cross-platform app that does not require an account and works reasonably well out of the box.

It could use a couple of extra features though, for instance an option to preview a recording before it is posted to chat, or options to add more people to chat.

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  1. anon said on October 22, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    They’re all basically trying to become Youtube little by little.

  2. Uhtred said on October 21, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    when I read this article it made me think of the popular whatsapp, telephone number based and able to broadcast text,photo and video,,, I think that is now owned by facebook, I guess microsoft owning skype are now trying to capture some of that market

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