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Emoticons are fun ways of expressing yourself in Skype instant messages. If you are feeling happy, giving the thumbs up to a suggestion, or inviting your friends to a party, you can show it with an emoticon from Skype on your desktop or on your mobile device*.
To instant message (IM) an emoticon to a friend or group:
To view the full list of emoticons and country flags, you can check this handy guide.
* All Skype enabled mobile devices currently support the sending of emoticons, but not all are able to display them. The type of mobile device you are using determines whether or not you can see the emoticon.
To send an emoticon from a mobile device, you must type the code for the emoticon. If your mobile device is not able to display the emoticon, you will only see the code.