The new design of Skype, on Android, is the worst app redesign ever. They made it hard to just figure out how to place a call or see if a contact is online. The whole thing is unusable now. Just look at the reviews in the Play store. Since it came out it has been an unending string of tens of thousands of one star reviews complaining about the redesign.
Brace yourself iOS people, this redesign is coming for you too.
The best solution is to stop using Skype and start using Wire. Wire is actually started by the person how invented Skype in the first place. It's just as simple, easy to use calling and messaging app. It works on pretty much every platform (including the Linux desktop). And it's fully encrypted using the highly praised encryption algorithm from the Signal messaging app. Also, like Skype, Wire does not require you to have a phone or phone number (which is what makes it far better than Whatsapp, Viber, etc., in some ways even Signal). You can sign up on a computer with a username as your contact.
Worst possible design for a messageing app!
Extremely unusefull, laggy, slow, missing features!