How to view snapshots in Skype

May 15, 2009

So, I got home not long ago, and remembered yesterday I was playing around with skype and took some ‘Snapshots’ย  of the video feed.

I just went to find them, and it was trickier than I had thought.

Yes, a flaw with Skype… I figured there would first be an option within skype to actually view them, or go to folder. Well, in a nutshell no.

Then I figured Program files. Well, I hit a dead end there too.

The answer is a little bit silly, and Im not sure if it’s Microsoft Vista, or Skype to blame. I’m going to say Skype, because there has never been issues with any other snapshot’s I have taken with other programs, such as WOW.

If you run Vista, you need to go to:


At the top, you should see a few buttons, ‘Organise’ and ‘View’

Hit organise, and then ‘Folder and search options’



Now you are there, you are going to need to change a setting. Go to the ‘Views’ tab. Mark the ‘Show hidden files and folders’ radio button.

Be sure to Apply!

Be sure to Apply!

OK that and you should see a folder which reads ‘AppData’

Open, then go to Roaming>Skype>Pictures.

Scroll down and they should be there!

Remember to undo the ‘Show hidden files and folder’ option, by repeating the exact same steps. If you want to, you can leave them on, it’s personal preference.

For awesome tutorials on all things creative, why not visit my girlfriends blog? She makes some really cool things and shows you how to do them easily!


29 Responses to “How to view snapshots in Skype”

  1. Sun Yi said

    Wow, this is quite interesting. I never thought of this before, I will check it out when I get home.

    Thanks for posting it.

  2. thereviewsite said

    Good one mate! pretty useful finding ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. James May said

    Wow, this is nice – I will give it a go myself.

  4. Mike said

    Ahhh finally, I’ve spent about 15 minutes searching for this information and only found people complaining about the Support. Haha Thanks dude, your awesome!

  5. Sue said

    Thanks. Skype’s help info sucks. Yours was great!

  6. Maduin Vex said

    Tried the search, didn’t do anything. Looked in Application Data like you said, managed to save a lot of time. Found what I was looking for. Thanks a lot. ^^

  7. lanore said

    thnx so much dude ur awesome!!

  8. Gemma said

    Hey, thanks! You saved a lot of brain-hurting ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Aruni said

    Thanks alot………….

  10. megan said

    i did all the steps, but when i got to the ‘AppData’ step, i couldn’t seem to find that folder.

  11. Steph said

    Hi – can you give me similar instructions on Internet Explorer – not Vista?

    • veedubbdevil said

      Hello Steph, Internet Explorer isn’t an operating system.

      If you can specify which operating system you have by Holding the Windows Key and pressing ‘Pause/Break’ on your keyboard and reply here. I will try my best to help.

  12. Sophie said

    Thanks so much for this. Simple to follow and saved me a lot of time.

  13. Amy said

    Hey omg thank you so much! This was real helpful…saves time having to search through everything. You’re a legend.

  14. Trish said

    thanks! this helped so much. found them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Kristi said

    Very helpful. All the other blogs about this did not explain how to view your app data. thanks so much!!

  16. Talita Taiti said

    Thank you so so much! I’ve been trying to figure this out for hours, your guideline worked perfectly ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. hydenn said

    ohh thanks a lot ! Your post really solved my problem. eventhough i’m not using vista but this post tell me where the snapshot was saved.

  18. Marilena said

    Non ho visualizzato le istantanee di skype …. il mio sistema operativo รจ vista: la cartella Roaming c’รจ ma non contiene la voce Skype Immagini



  19. OMG. This may just be the most straightforward and helpful advice on the planet.


    No, really. Thankyou so much!

    I blame Skype for this confusion. I mean what were they thinking? That people would want to take snapshots and NEVER LOOK AT THEM AGAIN!?
    Stupid Skype.
    I’m only using it cos my GF in another state can’t use msn.

  20. Chanel said

    Thank you so much for the info. I had no idea how to get to my pics after seeing the location because the files were hidden. I searched for over a day and was going crazy. Now that I have changed my folder/view option I can find my pics easily. Thank you so much!

  21. Thanks! I found this article helpful! I tried searching myself but didn’t have any luck, your article made me able to find my photos, thanks again. : )

  22. Tiffany said

    thank you!!

  23. Andrea said

    This really helped! thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Rui Neto said


    This was very quick and efficient nice work! works 100% all the best!

    Many Thanks

    Rui Neto

  25. mark mackay said


    when i did all these steps it Only showed me the one i have taken today, is there a way i would be able to accessthe older ones?

  26. Row Jones said

    thanks! the most helpful link i found. thanks for the pics.

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