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Adding contacts (iPhone)

Have you downloaded Skype* and joined us? Then you’re ready to add contacts.

*This article covers the latest version of Skype (Skype 6 for iOS), but also includes instructions for Skype 4 for iOS here. If you're unsure of which version you're using, click here.

Adding contacts automatically

  1. Sign into Skype.
  2. Tap the My info tab and select Settings.
  3. Enable the Automatically add friends option. 
  4. Tap the Add phone number option under How people find me to verify your mobile number. Learn more.

Adding contacts manually

  1. Sign into Skype.
  2. Tap the Contacts tab at the bottom of the screen. 

  3. Tap the add new contact icon at the top of the screen.

  4. Tap the Search function at the top of the screen and type in the name, Skype name, or email address of the person you're looking for. As you type, suggestions from your existing contacts list will come up along with the option to Tap to find new contacts.

  5. When you find the person you're looking for, tap them to add them to your contacts. 

  6. If you want to edit the contact message, tap the edit link.
  7. Tap send contact request to notify the person you're looking for that you want to add them as a contact.


You can also add contacts and conversations to your Favorites. Learn more.

To add a new contact:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap People.
  3. Tap the list you want to add the contact to.
  4. Tap the add icon The add icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  5. Choose Search Skype Directory, Save a Phone Number or Import from iPhone/Import from iPod.

If you have chosen Search Skype Directory:

  1. Look for a contact by entering their Skype Name, full name or email address in the search field.
  2. From the list of matches displayed, select the contact you’d like to add.
  3. Tap Add contact at the bottom of the screen.
  4. You are then prompted to send a contact request. Enter some text to introduce yourself if you want, and tap Send.

If you have chosen Save a Phone Number:

  1. Enter the name and phone number of the contact you’d like to add.
  2. Tap Save.

Learn more about managing contacts.

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