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Sending instant messages (iPhone)

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 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 , 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 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. You can also add participants

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. Instant messages can be edited or deleted for up to 60 minutes.

Hide chats from your Recent tab

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.

Deleting your 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.

  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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