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Sending and managing instant messages with Skype for iOS

Skype instant messaging makes it easy to keep in touch with your contacts. The following information will help you get started.

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap the Search function to find your contact. Alternatively you can tap the Contacts tab or look in the Recent tab, then simply enter your message and tap the send icon .
  3. You can also tap the new chat icon .
  4. You can quickly set up calendar events, start calls and check locations directly from an instant message. You'll notice that phone numbers, addresses, times and dates are highlighted - tap on the highlighted text to start the action.

While in an instant message, in the chat text box you can also:

A. Send an emoticon (if you don't see the one you want, check our full list) or Moji
B. Send an existing photo
C. Take a new photo to send
D. Send a video message
E. Share your location
F. Share a contact

If you are using your iPhone or iPad horizontally, tap the paperclip , then tap the option you are looking for. You can turn large emoticons on or off in app settings. You can also add participants.

Delightful and expressive, emoticons and Mojis are a fun way to display your sentiments. Here's how to add emoticons to your instant messages:

  1. Simply tap the emoticon icon  to bring up a selection of emoticons.
  2. Find the one you want by browsing through them, or you can Search using keywords.  
  3. Tap the one you want to add it to your message. 

To IM the person you are calling, tap the IM icon The Instant Message icon..

To IM someone else, tap the minimize icon The minimize icon..

If you wish to edit, copy, or delete a message, simply tap and hold on the message and select the option you want from the pop-up. Instant messages can be edited or deleted for up to 60 minutes.

Hide chats from your Recent tab by swiping to the left on the the contact and tapping the Delete icon.

You will have the options to Delete, Hide or Cancel. Choose Hide.

You can also tap Edit in the top left corner of your screen, select the contact, tap Delete in the bottom right of your screen, then from the options, choose Hide. The chat will then be removed from your Recent tab, but the chat conversation is still available. If you wish to remove all the contents of that chat, you’ll need to delete the entire chat history.

There are several ways you can delete your entire chat history:

  • From your Recent tab, swipe left on the contact, tap the Delete icon, then tap Delete from the options menu.

  • You can also tap Edit in the top left of your screen, tap the conversation, then choose Delete at the bottom right of the screen.  Choose Delete from the options menu.
  • Another option is to delete the entire chat history from within the conversation. Tap the chat header at the top of the screen and in chat options, tap Delete chat.

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)

The newest versions of Skype for iOS have push messaging enabled, which means you'll get a notification badge for new messages even if Skype is closed. To manage your notifications, click here.


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