Sending instant messages (iPad)

Instant messaging is free* on Skype for iPad, just like it is on your computer.

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

To send an instant message (IM):

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap the contact you want to IM.
  3. Tap IM to open the conversation window.
  4. Enter your message into the text box.
  5. Tap Send.

If you want to send a photo, just tap the The plus icon icon in the top right of your screen.

You can also send text messages from Skype. If a contact has a mobile number attached to their profile, you can switch to text message mode from the chat window. Just tap the SMS icon to the left of the text box and select the contact’s mobile number from the list. Type your message and you will see the cost of your text message on the right of the text box. When you are ready to send your text message, simply tap Send.

Text box with the options displayed after tapping the SMS icon.

Sending and receiving instant messages on a call:

You can send and receive instant messages while you’re on a call. To IM the person you are calling, tap the IM icon The Instant Message icon. to pull up the conversation window.

To IM someone else, tap the minimize icon The minimize icon. in your conversation window to view your contacts pane. You can then choose the contact you’d like to IM within your People or Recent list and IM them as normal. You can find your call window again under Current.

Group instant messaging:

You can send and receive messages within group IM conversations. You cannot, however, start a new group conversation or add more participants to an existing conversation on your iPad. These actions can be performed from Skype on your computer.

To view a list of all participants of a group conversation, tap the Participants icon The Participants icon in the top right corner of the conversation window.

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

The newest versions of Skype for iOS has push messaging enabled, which means you'll get a notification badge for new messages even if Skype is closed.

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