You can't send or receive files or attachments in Skype for Business Online


Assume that in an Office 365 environment, you try to send or receive files or attachments in Lync through Skype for Business Online (formerly Lync Online). In this situation, you may experience the following issues:

  • You can't send files to contacts.
  • You can't receive files from contacts.
  • You can't upload file attachments in Skype for Business Online meetings.
  • When you send files to contacts, you receive an error message.
  • You can’t send pictures directly in an Instant Messaging (IM) conversation.


For Skype for Business Online users

If you receive an error message when you send or receive files, make sure that the file type being transferred isn’t one of those that is listed in the "More Information" section. 

For Skype for Business Online administrators

If a user doesn’t see the option to transfer files, verify that file transfer capabilities are enabled for that user.

Firewalled networks must meet the network requirements for Skype for Business Online. For more information about Skype for Business Online network requirements, go to the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

2409256  You can't connect to Skype for Business Online, or certain features don't work, because an on-premises firewall blocks the connection

More Information

Generally, if the menu option to send a file isn't available, this means that the administrator has disabled file transfer capabilities for that user.

If your attempts to upload attachments to a conference or to send files to a contact generate an error message, this means either that the contact that you’re sending the attachment to doesn’t have permission to receive files or that the file type is blocked.

In Skype for Business Online, certain files types are blocked by the Intelligent Instant Message Filter (IIMF) application. IIMF helps protect Skype for Business Online users against the most common forms of viruses without degrading the user experience.

Transferring files to Skype contacts isn't supported.

By default, Skype for Business Online is configured to prevent users from sending files through IM that have the following file name extensions:

.ade, .adp, .app, .asp, .bas, .bat, .cer, .chm, .cmd, .com, .cpl, .crt, .csh, .exe, .fxp, .grp, .hlp, .hta, .inf, .ins, .isp, .its, .js, .jse, .ksh, .lnk, .mad, .maf, .mag, .mam, .maq, .mar, .mas, .mat, .mau, .mav, .maw, .mda, .mdb, .mde, .mdt, .mdw, .mdz, .msc, .msi, .msp, .mst, .ocx, .ops, .pcd, .pif, .pl, .pnp, .prf, .prg, .pst, .reg, .scf, .scr, .sct, .shb, .shs, .tmp, .url, .vb, .vbe, .vbs, .vsd, .vsmacros, .vss, .vst, .vsw, .ws, .wsc, .wsf, .wsh

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