Sending instant messages (Windows Phone 8)

The following questions and answers will help you send instant messages over Skype for Windows Phone 8 and show you where you can find a history of all the messages you’ve sent and received.




How do I send an instant message?

Instant messaging is free on Skype for Windows Phone, just like it is on your computer. To send an instant message:

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Tap the new chat icon The new chat icon. and select the contacts you’d like to add to the conversation.
  3. Type a message into the text box and tap the send icon The send icon..

To liven up the text, you can add emoticons to your messages. Simply tap the emoticon icon and select the emoticon you’d like to send.

The emoticon icon in the message box.

You can send instant messages even when your contacts are offline and they will receive them as soon as they get online on Skype, independently of your status.

How do I send a group instant message?

Group instant messaging allows you to send instant messages to more than one contact at once. You can start a new conversation and select multiple people to chat with or you can add them to the conversation later. Simply tap the plus icon The plus icon. in the conversation window and check the contacts you’d like to add to the group.

Where can I find my instant message history?

To find your instant message history, simply sign in to Skype and swipe over to the recent tab. Here you can see a list of your recent instant message conversations.

Can I hide my instant message history?

You can mark all your messages as “read”. To do so, in Skype, press and hold the Skype logo in the upper left corner of your screen, and then select mark all as read.

You can also remove a conversation from the Recent list. Simply long-tap the conversation, then tap Remove.

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