Skype recently announced a revamped new version of its iPhone app. While the new version 5 vastly improves visual appearance and style over its predecessor, it lacks a number of critical features present in version 4. The ability to send SMS messages over Skype on the iPhone was scrapped. This tutorial will help you downgrade Skype for iPhone to the previous version of the app so that you can continue sending SMS text messages to your contacts.
1. If you don't already have the old version of Skype (i.e. v4.1) on your iPhone, download the IPA app file for that previous version from my Google Drive:
2. Now that you have the old version of the Skype app on your computer, you need to install it on the iPhone. Install the old version of Skype via using CopyTrans Apps which is a free Beta PC program that allows you to manage your iPhone apps from the computer. Download CopyTrans Apps from the following page:
3. Start CopyTrans Contacts and connect the iPhone to your computer. You will immediately see your iPhone apps beginning to load on your PC screen
4. Select the Skype app you already have installed on the iPhone from the main program window
5. From the top right-hand side, click on the "X" symbol to uninstall the app
6. Confirm the removal of Skype app's latest version from your iPhone
7. Now drag and drop the old version's IPA file from your PC to the left-hand side of the main CopyTrans Apps window
8. This will install the previous Skype version (v4.1) on your iPhone. Make sure to accept the installation popup by clicking "Ok"
9. On your iPhone Home Screen, open the newly-installed previous version of Skype and log in
10. This is it. You can send text messages again with Skype on your iPhone!