Managing contacts in Skype 3.2 for Android phones

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After you’ve added your friends to the contact list, it’s easy to manage the contacts in Skype 3.2 on your Android phone.

These frequently asked questions will help you organize the contacts in your Skype contact list:

How do I search for contacts in my Skype contact list?

To search for a contact in your contact list:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap Contacts.
  3. Tap the search iconThe search icon..
  4. Start typing a contact’s name or Skype Name and find the contact you’re looking for in the search results.

How do I add contacts from my phone’s address book to Skype?

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap Contacts.
  3. Press the phone’s menu button or tap the menu icon The menu icon..
  4. Select Search address book and tap Continue.
  5. Wait for the app to compile a list of your phonebook contacts, then select the contacts you'd like to add to Skype and tap Add.

It’s not currently possible to add phone numbers to a Skype contact’s profile using Skype 3.2 for Android. However, you can do this using Skype on your computer.

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How do I synchronize my Skype contacts with my Android phonebook?

Synchronizing your contacts allows you to make Skype calls or start instant message conversations directly from your Android phonebook.

To synchronize your contacts:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Press the phone’s menu button or tap the menu icon The menu icon.
  3. Select Settings > Sync contacts.
  4. Select one of the following sync options:
  • Sync all: This will add all your Skype contacts to your Android phonebook. If any of the contacts match, their Skype details will merge with the existing details in your Android phonebook.
  • Don’t sync: Contacts are not synchronized.
  1. Tap Continue.

After you sync your contacts, your Skype contacts appear in your Android phonebook. When you select a synchronized contact from your Android phonebook, you can:

  • make a call using the Android dialer
  • send an SMS text message using the Android dialer
  • make a call using Skype
  • send an SMS text message using Skype
  • start a Skype instant message conversation

When sending an SMS text message or calling a mobile or landline number from Skype, you’ll need a little Skype Credit or a subscription.

How do I add my Skype contacts to Favorites?

You can add the contacts you get in touch with most often to your Favorites list so you can find them easier. To add a contact to your Favorites:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap Contacts.
  3. Tap the contact you'd like to add to the Favorites list.
  4. Press the phone’s menu button or tap the menu icon The menu icon.
  5. Select Add to favorites.

To display your favorite contacts, tap the filter contacts icon The filter contacts icon. above your contact list and select Favorites. This displays only your favorite contacts. When you want to display all your contacts again, simply tap the The filter icon. icon and select All.

How do I filter my Skype contact list to show only certain contacts?

The contact list feature allows you to display only certain types of contacts, or contacts with a certain status. To filter your contacts, simply tap the filter contacts icon in your contact list.

The filter contacts icon selected in the contact list.

  • All: Shows all Skype contacts and phone numbers you’ve added to your contact list, whether they are a Skype contact, a mobile or landline number, online or offline.
  • Online: Shows only the contacts that are online.
  • Phonebook: Shows only your phonebook contacts.
  • Favorites: Shows all the contacts you’ve added to your Favorites list.
  • Blocked: Shows all the contacts you’ve blocked from contacting you.

If you’ve created any lists using Skype on your computer, these will also appear here. Select a list you want and, in your contact list, you’ll see only the contacts added to this list.

How do I block contacts?

Blocking a contact prevents them from calling or instant messaging you. To block a contact:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap Contacts.
  3. Tap the contact you want to block.
  4. Press the phone’s menu button or tap the menu icon The menu icon..
  5. Select Block contact and tap Yes.

To unblock a contact, select Blocked contacts from your lists and select the contact you’d like to unblock. Tap Unblock, then tap Yes.

How do I remove contacts or phone numbers?

To remove a contact or phone number from your contact list:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap Contacts.
  3. Tap the contact or phone number you want to remove.
  4. Press the phone’s menu button or tap the menu icon The menu icon..
  5. Select Remove contact, then tap Yes.

Even if you remove a contact from your contact list, they’ll still be able to contact you. If you’d like to prevent this contact from contacting you, you need to block them as well.

It’s currently not possible to remove phone numbers attached to a contact’s Skype profile using Skype 3.2 for Android. To do this, you’ll need to sign in to Skype on your computer.

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