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Adding contacts in Skype for Windows RT

Ready to add contacts? The sections below will show you how to add contacts to Skype for Windows RT.




  1. Start Skype.
  2. Click or tap the people tab on the leftmost part of the screen; you might need to scroll over to find it.


  3. In the people screen, tap or click the add contact icon  at the top of the screen.

    The add contact option displayed on the right of the options bar.
  4. The search screen opens.

  5. Enter the name, Skype Name or email address of the person you’re looking for and press Enter or tap the Search icon.

  6. From the list of matches, select the person you’d like to add.
  7. In the conversation window that opens, tap or click add to contacts.

  8. Now you need to send a contact request to the person you want to add as your contact. If you like, write something to introduce yourself, then tap or click send.

    A filled-in contact request message box and the send button.

The person is added to your contacts, but will appear offline until they accept your request. After they’ve accepted your request, you can see when they are online and make free voice and video calls with them.

To find a contact in Skype quickly:

  • In Skype Home, type the name of a contact and press Enter. The list of matches will appear on the left side of the screen.
  • Click the Search button at the top of Skype Home.

  • In the Search screen, type the name of the contact and tap or click the Search icon.

If you can’t see the contact you’re looking for in the list, tap or click the search directory button to search the Skype Directory. If you find a person you want, click or tap the contact's name, then click or tap Add Contact to send them a contact request.

The list of contacts under PEOPLE on the left of the screen and the search directory button to the right of the list.

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Under recent, select the contact request you’d like to accept.
  3. Select accept.

If you can’t find the contact request you’re looking for, but you’re sure that it’s been sent, try to check again a bit later as it may take a little time to arrive. Keep in mind that the contact request text may have been personalized, and will appear as a normal chat message.

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Right-click anywhere on the screen or, if you have a touch screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen, to bring up the options bar.
  3. Tap or click save number on the right of the options bar.

  4. In the window that opens, enter your contact’s name.

    Select the type of number (mobile, other, home or office).

    To change the country code of the number you are about to enter, select the corresponding country by clicking the country code (+1 in the example below) and selecting the correct country from the list.

    Enter the number (without the country code) and tap or click save.

    The save number window with name and phone number fill-in boxes, and the save button.

    The contact is now displayed under people.

You’ll need a little Skype Credit or a subscription to call mobiles or landlines.

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Under people, select the contact you want to remove.
  3. A conversation window opens.
  4. Right-click anywhere on the screen or, if you have a touch screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen, to bring up the options bar.
  5. Tap or click remove on the right of the options bar.
  6. In the small window that opens, tap or click remove.

The window for confirming a contact’s removal that opens in the contact’s conversation window after selecting the remove option in the options bar.

If you can’t see the option to remove contacts, update your Skype for Windows RT to the latest version.

If you sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account, your Messenger buddies are added to your Skype contact list automatically.

If you want to add Messenger contacts that aren't in your contact list, simply search for them by their Skype name (example live:<messenger contact>, where <messenger contact> is their Messenger name).

You can’t add new Facebook friends in Skype for Windows RT. 

You can’t import contacts in Skype for Windows RT.

If you’ve had a Skype account before and can’t find your contacts when you’re signed in to Skype for Windows RT, chances are that you’ve created a brand new Skype account and merged it with your Microsoft account when you first signed in to Skype for Windows RT.

To resolve this issue, simply unlink the accounts, and then merge your Microsoft account with the Skype account where you have all your contacts. You will find all your contacts in Skype Home under people.


When you’ve added your friends, you can make free Skype calls and video calls with them, and send them instant messages.

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