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Sending instant messages (iPhone)

With Skype for iPhone, you can instant message your Skype friends for free*, just like on your computer.

*Depending on the data plan you use, mobile operator charges may apply.

Note: This article covers the latest version of Skype (Skype 5 for iOS), but also includes instructions for Skype 4 for iOS here. If you're unsure of which version you're using, click here.

Sending instant messages

To send an instant message to your Skype contact:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap a contact in recent, favorites, or people, then simply enter your message and tap the send icon .
  3. You can also tap the new chat icon , select a contact (or several, for a group chat) from the list, enter your message, and tap the send icon .

To send a photo, send a video message, or share your location in an instant message, tap the paperclip , then tap photo, share location, or video message. You can also add contacts to an existing chat by tapping the more icon , then tapping add participants.

You can also send emoticons in your messages -- just tap the icon and select the emoticon you want (if you don't see the one you want, check our full list). You can turn large emoticons on or off in app settings.

Editing and Deleting Instant Messages

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. You can edit or delete an instant message within 60 minutes after you've sent it.

If you wish to delete chat history for entire chat, tap and hold the chat in the recent tab, then tap delete chat.

  1. Tap People > Skype Contacts.
  2. Select a contact to view their profile, then tap IM.
  3. Type your message into the text box.
  4. Tap Send.

To send a photo in an instant message, just tap call icon  in the right corner of your screen, then select Send Photo.

Your chat history and received messages are stored in the Recent tab. If you don’t have the chat window open and someone sends you an instant message, you can find the message in the Recent tab. 

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)

Why am I getting IM notifications when I'm not in Skype?

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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