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Sending SMS text messages (Mac)

Send SMS text messages to mobile phones from Skype at great low rates.

You can send SMS text messages to any text-enabled number (most mobiles and some landlines), or to a contact who has one of these numbers saved in their profile. All you need is a little Skype Credit.

If you want your friends to see your phone number when you send them an SMS text message, you first need to verify it. This ensures that they can reply to your SMS text message and you’ll receive their reply on your mobile phone.

If you don’t verify your phone number and send an SMS text message using your Skype Credit, the recipient of your SMS text message will only see your Skype ID (first 11 characters). However, this feature is not supported in some countries/regions and random numbers can be displayed instead of your Skype ID. 

Sending an SMS text message to one of your contacts


In the Skype application, on the sidebar, click Contacts and then to the right, click Skype (or whichever group your contact might be in). You may need to click >> if you can’t see Skype.

Skype and Contacts options selected


In your contact list, find the person you want to send an SMS text message to and double-click their profile picture.

Your contact’s profile picture

Alternatively, right-click the contact in the sidebar or contact list, and then select Send SMS….


Next to the conversation box, click The SMS Icon.

The conversation box turns yellow and displays the phone number, the number of characters typed, and the cost of the SMS text message.

The conversation box with number of characters, cost of the message and the recipient’s phone displayed

If you've saved more than one number for your contact, click the number displayed and select the one you’d like to send the SMS text message to. To add a new number, click Add Phone Number....

The conversation box with your contact’s phone numbers

If there is no phone number saved for the contact you’d like to send your SMS text message to, you’ll be prompted to add one.

Conversation box with Add a number window


Type your SMS text message into the conversation box.

Your message displayed in the conversation box


Press Return to send your text.

Sending an SMS text message to a number not saved as a contact


In Skype, at the top, near the Search box, click the dial pad icon.

The dial pad icon selected next the Search box

The dial pad is displayed.


If you’re sending SMS text messages to someone abroad, click the flag menu and choose a country from the drop-down menu, then click in the box beside the flag.  


Type the phone number (or click the numbers on the keypad) and click the SMS button.

Dial Pad


In the conversation box at the bottom of the screen, type your SMS text message and press Return to send your SMS text message.

When your SMS text message has been delivered, the text SMS: Delivered will appear next to the SMS text message.

Having problems with sending SMS text messages? Read these troubleshooting tips.

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