There are always apps that will notify you that something is happening on multiple devices, even when you’re just using one at the time. But soon Skype will not be on that list. Skype has announced a new feature for their app they call “active endpoint” which will contain chat notifications to only the device you’re currently using, rather than every device you have that has Skype installed. So if you’re on your phone, your tablet and computer will not show notifications. From Skype’s blog:
“If you are signed in to Skype on multiple devices (a laptop, tablet and a smartphone) and you are sending chat messages to a group of friends from your tablet. Skype will only send new message notifications to your tablet and not to any of your other devices. All of your other devices will remain blissfully silent. You can continue to focus on the most important thing, your conversations, without being disturbed by the bleeping and buzzing from all of your other devices.”
Skype also says that if you stop actively using the app, all your devices will receive chat notifications again. Chat history will also continue to sync between devices, so you don’t have to worry about some chats only being on certain devices. Calls are unaffected by the new notification system, so if you get a call it will ring on all your devices.
Skype says the new feature is going to roll out to all users over the next few weeks, as long as they are using the current version of the app. Does this update help reduce notification fatigue for you?