My samsung s4 has suddenly started calling through Skype instead of the local network. I have not set any defaults. I have also uninstalled skype, it still goes through skype, then stops then I have to call again then it goes thtough the network. How can resolve this? please help

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    When you say, "I have also uninstalled skype, it still goes through skype, then stops," could you explain precisely what you see happening?
    – Dan Hulme
    Jul 17, 2013 at 10:54
  • it chooses skype to call. It shows the skype call view and then returns to keypad screen. when I call the second time it then goes through normal.
    – user37695
    Jul 17, 2013 at 11:21
  • If a Skype window is coming up, Skype must still be installed.
    – Dan Hulme
    Jul 17, 2013 at 11:35
  • Thats the thing..it is not! and thts wat is driving me mad! I have uninstalled skype
    – user37695
    Jul 17, 2013 at 11:55

2 Answers 2


Looks like it just went in NSA mode. You can check in Settings->Apps, switch to the "All" tab, and slowly and carefully check the entire list whether Skype really has been removed (it should no longer be found here then).

If you find it there, make sure to really uninstall it. If it will not leave in peace, you can make it leave in pieces:

If you not already have one installed, get yourself a terminal emulator (e.g. Android Terminal Emulator). Open it, and enter:

pm uninstall com.skype.raider

This advices the "package manager" (pm) directly to remove this app.

If nothing of the above helps, please edit your question and add some details: Is your device rooted? Do you have an ADB setup available?

If your device is rooted, you can directly check for the app without the help of GUI elements. Via adb shell or above mentioned Terminal Emulator (lines starting with a # are comments and do not need to be typed):

# become root. This will popup a confirmation box, confirm:
# now we look for the data directory of the Skype app
ls /data/data | grep skype

If the prompt returns without any information, there is no Skype data directory. If it, however, returns something like com.skype.raider, the data directory is still there. Still being root, you can also check for Skype's .apk file:

ls /data/app | grep skype

If Skype is still there, this should yield something like com.skype.raider-1.apk. You can also list the packages known to the system, which does not even need root:

pm list packages | grep skype

And you could see if root powers help accomplishing what failed with the error message you described, and re-issue a

pm uninstall com.skype.raider

With ADB available, you could do all this in a much more convenient way from your computer:

adb shell

Then continue as described above. Note: If su was successfull, the command prompt should be prefixed by a #, otherwise it remains prefixed with a $.

  • Hi izzy Checked all apps carefully. Skype not there. Did the terminal emulator. I get a message saying "failed to connect to dumpstate service. Killed" Now wat? I dnt know wat u mean by is ur device rooted? Do u have adb set up?
    – user37695
    Jul 17, 2013 at 13:24
  • Please see the rooting tag-wiki for clarification on the root part, the adb tag-wiki for ADB, and Is there a minimal installation of ADB? for how to get it (if you mind). On a rooted device, and ADB available, you have many additional options to find out and solve. One more question: Have you already restarted your device after uninstalling Skype?
    – Izzy
    Jul 17, 2013 at 16:37
  • Ok.let me c wat I can do with rooting and adb. Thnkx
    – user37695
    Jul 17, 2013 at 18:28
  • Yes I did restart after uninstalling
    – user37695
    Jul 17, 2013 at 18:28
  • OK. I've updated my answer with additional hints on what can be done with root/ADB. If nothing else helps, you still have one last ressort: doing a factory-reset. But after that, you would have to install and configure all your apps again. Well, most of them at least.
    – Izzy
    Jul 17, 2013 at 18:44

There is no need to uninstall Skype. Go to Setting/Application Manager. You will get Skype as one one of tha Apps. Click on Skype. Launch by default, clear default.

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