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Sending instant messages (iPad)

Note: This article covers the latest version of Skype (Skype 6 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 message

To send an instant message to your Skype contact:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap the new chat icon  at the top of the screen.  You can also use the Search function at the top of the screen, Scroll through your Recents tab or tap the Contacts tab to tap on a contact and open a conversation window.
  3. Enter your message into the text box.
  4. Tap Send.

If you want to send a photo, just tap the The plus icon icon in the bottom-left corner of the conversation window, select photo, and choose the photo you wish to send. You send video messages and share your location in the same way. 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.

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. You can maximize your call window again by tapping the arrow .

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 Contact tab or Recent tab and IM them as normal. You can maximize your call window again by tapping the arrow .

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 the entire chat, tap the chat header at the top of the screen and in chat options, tap Delete chat.

Group instant messaging:

Learn how you can add particpants to existing chat conversations or send and receive messages within group IM conversations.

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


  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.


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