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Sending instant messages (Android tablets)

Have real time instant message (IM) conversations with anyone on Skype. Instant messaging is free on Skype for Android tablets, just like it is on your computer.

Sending an instant message

It’s really easy to send an instant message in Skype for Android tablet. To send an instant message:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Go to the Recent or Contacts tab.
  3. Select a contact and type your message in the text field.
  4. To send your message, tap the Send button.


To add emoticons to your instant messages, simply tap the emoticon icon the emoticon icon to bring up a selection of emoticons. Tap the one you want, and it will be added to your message. If you have large emoticons enabled and you send a message with just an emoticon, the emoticon will appear large in your conversation window.

You can also edit, remove, copy or quote an instant message:

  1. In an active conversation, tap and hold a message.
  2. Select Copy message, Quote message, Edit message or Remove message.

If you have chosen Copy message, your instant message is copied to your tablet’s clipboard and you can paste it to another conversation or a different application.

If you close the instant message conversation and someone sends you a message, you will find it in Recent along with your instant message. 

Your instant messages are listed in chronological order. Unread messages are bolded with an orange indicator that shows the number of unread messages in that conversation. 

To view an instant message, simply tap it.

Delete or hide instant messages

Deleting a conversation will remove the entire conversation history from your device. The conversation will still be visible on the other devices unless you delete it there too. 

Hiding a  conversation will only remove it from the recent list but the conversation history is kept on your device. 

To delete or hide an instant message:

  1. Go to the Recent tab.
  2. Tap and hold a chat.
  3. Tap the trash icon and select the action you want to perform: Delete or Hide

Sending a group instant message

With Skype for Android tablets, you can also send instant messages to more people at once. To send a group instant message:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap the Recent tab.
  3. Tap the floating action button  in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  4. Type the name of a contact or tap the contacts icon  to select a person from your contact list.
  5. After selecting the needed participants, type the message and tap the Send button. Your message will be delivered to all the participants of the conversation. 

    Important: If the chat window displays a message that a particular contact won't be able to participate in the group chat until they upgrade Skype, please inform them by sending a separate 1 to 1 instant message to upgrade at, or send them here for more information on cloud-based group chats. 

After the group has been created, you can tap the chat header for the following options:

  • Add participants
  • Remove participants (if you are the administrator of the chat)
  • Change group avatar by tapping it

    When tapping the phone's menu button, you will see the following options:
  • Mark unread
  • Rename group
  • Add participants
  • Leave chat
  • Turn notifications off/on
  • Ringtone options

Using special formatting

You can use basic text markup in chats to use special formatting:

  • Surrounding text with asterisks (*) will change the text to bold. (Example: *sample text*)
  • Surrounding text with underscores (_) will change the text to italics. (Example: _sample text_)
  • Surrounding text with tildes (~) will change the text to strikethrough (Example: ~sample text~)
  • Surrounding the text with {code} will change the text to monospace font (Example: {code}sample text{code})
  • Placing two exclamation points and a space  (!! ) at the beginning of a message will send the entire message in monospace font (Example: !! sample text)
  • Placing two at symbols and a space (@@ ) at the beginning of a message will prevent or override special formatting (Example: @@ sample text)

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