How do I send and receive instant messages using Skype for Symbian?

This FAQ will help you send instant messages and texts over Skype, as well as show you where you can find a history of all the messages you’ve sent and received.

Sending an instant message

Instant messaging is free on Skype for Symbian, just like it is on your computer. To send an instant message:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Select the Contacts tab: 
  3. Choose a contact.
  4. Tap the IM button: 
  5. Write your message, then tap the send icon:

Sending a group instant message

Group instant messaging allows you to send instant messages to more than one contact at once. To start a group IM:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Select the Instant Message tab: 
  3. Tap New IM.
  4. Select the contacts you would like to add to the group conversation and tap OK.

Alternatively, you can add contacts to an existing conversation:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Select the Instant Message tab:
  3. Choose a conversation from the list.
  4. Press the Options button and select Add participants.
  5. Select the contacts you would like to add to the conversation and tap OK.

Sending texts

You can send text messages using Skype for Symbian at the same great Skype rates you get when using Skype on your computer - all you need is a little Skype Credit.

To send a text using the dial pad:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Select the Dial Pad tab: 
  3. Tap the little arrow and select a country from the list: 
  4. Enter the mobile number and tap SMS.
  5. Type your message and tap Send.

To send a text to a Skype contact’s mobile number:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Select the Contacts tab:
  3. Choose a contact.
  4. Press the Options button.
  5. Select Send then SMS.
  6. Type your message and tap Send.

If this option is not available, it means the Skype contact doesn’t have a mobile number attached to their Skype profile. To send a text, enter the number using the dial pad.

Currently, you can send texts from Skype, but not receive them. However, we plan to bring two-way texting to Skype in the near future, so watch this space.

In the meantime, you can set your mobile number as sender ID. This means when someone replies to your Skype text, the reply will be delivered to your phone.

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Setting sender ID for texts

Setting sender ID for texts allows people to reply directly to your Skype texts, and any replies will be delivered to your mobile phone. But before you can set a mobile number as sender ID, you’ll first have to verify it, which you can do by signing in to Skype on your computer.

After your number has been verified, you’re free to set it as your sender ID. You can do this on your Symbian phone:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Press Back to access the home screen:

  3. Select Settings then Calling and SMS.
  4. Tap the box under Sent SMS appears as and select your mobile number.

Sending a file

With Skype for Symbian, you can send files like photos or music tracks to your contacts. To send a file:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Select the Contacts tab:
  3. Choose a contact.
  4. Tap the IM button:
  5. Press the Options button and select Send file.
  6. Select the type of file you like to send. You can select from:
    • Send a photo
    • Send a video
    • Send music
    • Send other
  7. Choose the file you’d like to send and tap Select.

Sending contact details

With Skype for Symbian, you can send contact details to other people on your contact list. The person receiving the contact details can then add that contact to their contact list. To do this:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Select the Contacts tab:
  3. Choose a contact.
  4. Tap the IM button:
  5. Press the Options button and select Send contacts.
  6. Select the contact details you would like to send.

Finding your instant message history

To find all of your instant message history, select the Instant Message tab:

Simply tap on an instant message conversation to view it.

Removing an instant message conversation

To remove instant message conversations from your instant messaging history:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Select the Instant Message tab:
  3. Choose a conversation from the list.
  4. Press Options and select Remove.

Removing a conversation does not completely delete it. If you receive another instant message to a conversation, it will reappear in your instant message list.

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