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Finding your way around Skype (iPhone)

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.

After you open Skype and sign in, this is what the screen will look like:

  1. New Chat. Tap the + icon to start a new chat. 
  2. Search Skype. Search for your friends and Skype contacts, search for conversations, or search Skype to find friends.
  3. Recent. View your recent chats and Skype calls. Swipe down in the Recent screen and at the top you can select All or Unread messages and mark all messages as read.
  4. Contacts. View your favorites and search for contacts.
  5. Call phones. Use the dial pad to call mobiles and landlines. You’ll need a little Skype Credit or a subscription to do so.
  6. My info. Tap your profile picture to access your profile, edit your mood message, add Skype credit, manage Skype settings, or access your account.

Tap a contact to access the most recent chat with them. If you don't have a recent chat, you can use the search option to find the contact you're looking for, then tap them to start a conversation. You can also use the search function to find recent conversations; just search for words you know you used in the chat.

To mute a chat, mark a chat as read or unread, or delete a chat, swipe left on the contact, then tap the MuteMark as read, or Delete icon. To call or video call a contact, swipe right, then tap the Call or Video call icon.

To change Skype settings, go to My info, and select Settings:

3D Touch actions is now available on iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. We're making the most of iOS9 to help improve multi-tasking and get you to your conversations faster using 3D Touch:

  • Force Touch the Skype icon on your home screen for quick access to start a New chat, access the Dialpad or search your Skype for contacts and conversations. Selecting any of these options takes you to that task in Skype.
  • Once you’re in the app, you can Force Touch a Recent conversation to Peek the latest instant messages or live video if you’re on a call. Swiping up reveals more actions and a harder press will Pop the conversation into the foreground.
  • If you’re in a conversation and someone shares a shared location, photo, URL or contact, you can Force Touch Peek it, then swipe up to reveal more actions or press harder to Pop it into the foreground.

At the bottom of the screen you’ll see these tabs:

Options at the bottom of Skype screen

  1. People. Search for your friends, add them to the list and manage your contacts. You can start here to get in touch with your friends.
  2. Recent. Find your recent conversations, received messages and files.
  3. Call phones. Use the dial pad to call mobiles and landlines. You’ll need a little Skype Credit or a subscription to do so.
  4. Profile. Check out your account information and add or edit your personal details.

If you select a contact from your contact list, you’ll see their profile window:

A contact profile screen

  1. Remove or block contact.
  2. Profile picture.
  3. Mood message.
  4. Select the way you want to reach your friend.
  5. See more details about your contact.

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