If you have recently jailbroken your iPhone/iPod/iPad with the newest and easiest jailbreak ever – JailBreakMe.com, then you may have also encountered the problem with Skype not multi-tasking or not running in the background. There is a simple fix that involves updating your Mobile Substrate through Cydia. Simply do the following and Skype should start working for you again:
- Open Cydia
- Tap Manage
- Tap Upgrade – You’ll need to update all packages, Cydia, Mobile Substrate, etc.
- Once complete, it should prompt you to reboot your device. After reboot, Skype should work properly.
If you’d like to see more info about Mobile Substrate, you can look here: Cydia Mobile Substrate Package
Upon the release of the jailbreak for iPhone 4 and iOS 4, I quickly installed it – especially after seeing how easy this jailbreak was compared to past jailbreaks. The thing that is really irritating me is the fact that Skype has created its software to not support multi-tasking on jailbroken iPhones. I find this hard to believe, particularly because of the fact that the fed recently issued a ruling that declared jailbreaking phones perfectly legal. Upon starting Skype on my newly jailbroken iPhone, I was presented with the following message:
This version of Skype is only supported on unmodified iPhone OS 3.0.x, 3.1.x, and 3.2.x
I really don’t understand why Skype would limit themselves by doing this. I’m already looking for other solutions rather than using their software. Not too happy about the fact that they don’t allow their software to work on a jailbroken iPhone 4 running iOS 4.01.
Has anyone else encountered this problem or found a work-around? If so, please share in the comments below.