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.
To send an instant message to your Skype contact:
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.
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.
To send a photo in an instant message, just tap 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.
You can use basic text markup in chats to use special formatting:
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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