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Finding your way around Skype (iPad)

Have you downloaded and joined Skype? Then you’re ready to enjoy great features such as voice calling, video calling and instant messaging.

Note: This article covers the latest version of Skype (Skype 6 for iOS), but also includes instructions for Skype 4 for iOS here.  

When you open Skype on your iPad, you'll see the options below:

The Skype main iOS screen displayed.

  1. SearchYou can search your contacts by entering a contact's name, or search the Skype directory; you can also search your conversation history.
  2. New Chat. You can tap the icon to start a new chat and choose who you'd like to chat with.
  3. Chat header. You can access the chat options menu by tapping on the chat header.
  4. Video or Voice calls. You can tap either video or voice to make a call.
  5. Recent tab. You can see your most recent chats and calls in the Recent tab.
  6. Contacts tab. You can see your list of contacts, add new contacts and add favorite contacts.
  7. Call phones tab. You can see recent calls that were made and make new calls.
  8. My info tab. You can see and edit your picture, update your mood message, change your status, change Skype app settings, get Skype credit, access My account, and Sign out of Skype.

Useful things you can do in Skype:

  • To mute (or unmute) a chatmark a message as read (or unread), or to delete a chat, swipe right on the chat and tap the appropriate button. You can also delete the chat by tapping Edit in the top left corner of the screen, selecting the chat then tapping Delete at the bottom right of the screen.
  • To share a Skype contact, tap the contact card icon at the bottom of the screen, tap the contact you want to share and tap the check mark in the top right of the screen.
  • To video call or call a contact, swipe right on the contact, then tap the video call or call button:

Now that you know the basics, you're ready to do more:

When you open Skype on your iPad, you'll see the options below:


The Skype main iOS screen displayed.

  1. Name. Your name is displayed here. Click your name to edit your picture, display and edit your profile, and update your mood message.
  2. Dial pad. Use the dial pad to call mobile phones and landlines, or to send SMS messages to your friends. You’ll only need a little Skype Credit or a subscription to do so.
  3. Add contacts. Search for your friends and add them to your contacts. You can also manually add contacts when you tap the plus sign.
  4. People. Manage your contacts and view your friends' profiles.
  5. History. View your previous conversations, received messages and files.
  6. Lists. Choose which list of contacts you'd like to view.
  7. Search. You can search your contacts by entering a contact's name, or search the Skype directory.
  8. Your contacts. The contacts in the active list (from F, above) are shown here. Tap your contact’s picture to see their profile and to call, video call or IM them.

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

Contact’s profile window

  1. Profile picture.
  2. The status, name and mood message of your contact.
  3. Select the way to reach your friend.
  4. Your contact’s details.

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