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Adding contacts in Skype for Android

It's easy to find your friends who are using Skype and add them to your contacts on your Android phone or Android tablet. When you’ve added your friends, you can call, video call and instant message them on Skype, for free.

It’s easy to add a Skype contact in Skype for Android just like it is on your computer. You can also add your friends who are not using Skype to your Skype contact list, and call them on their mobile or landline via Skype. You’ll only need a little Skype Credit or a subscription to call mobiles and landlines.

Here's how to add a Skype contact:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap the middle Contacts tab.

  3. Tap the circular Add Contacts button in the bottom right of the screen.

  4. Type in a contact’s name, Skype Name, email address or phone number and press enter on your keypad or tap the magnifying glass symbol.

  5. Select the contact you want to add from the search results.
  6. Tap Add to contacts.

The person is added to your contact list, but will appear offline until they accept your request. After they’ve accepted your request, you can see when they’re online and make free voice and video calls with them.

If you don’t want to add people individually, you can automatically add people in your Android address book who are also on Skype.

  1. Tap the menu button  and then tap Settings.
  2. Under Contactstap Automatically add friends.

  3. Select the Automatically add friends radio button, and then tap OK. You can turn this feature off again by selecting the Manually add friends radio button. 

You can add a mobile or landline number to your Skype contact list, so you can reach your friends even when they’re not on Skype.

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Tap the right-most Phone tab in the top menu bar. 

  3. Tap the circular Dialer button in the bottom right corner of the screen. 

  4. Tap the Add Number icon in the bottom right corner. 

  5. Enter the contact’s name and mobile or landline number, and then tap the check in the top right corner to save the contact. You can select the international dialing code by tapping the country. This opens a drop-down list with all international dialing codes. You can also select the phone number type.

  6. Alternatively, tap and hold any unsaved number in your Recent tab and the add number icon will appear. Simply tap it to enter the contact details, and save the number. 

Learn how to manage your contacts in Skype for Android phones.

Do you have a friend who’s not on Skype? No worries, it’s quick and convenient to invite them to chat. 

  1. Sign into Skype.
  2. Tap the Contacts tab.
  3. Tap the drop-down menu at the top of your contacts list, and then select People.

  4. Tap search  and then type the name of the contact you want to invite to chat. Matches will automatically display.
  5. Tap the contact you want to chat with. Some contacts may be listed more than once – select the entry with a phone number or an email address displayed underneath it.
  6. Click Send invite. If more than one contact method is available, select the phone number or email address you want to use to send the invite. If you send an invitation via SMS, you will be charged by your carrier at their standard outgoing SMS rates.
  7. Click send to send your invite.

You can also invite anyone to join only a specific conversation. To learn how, go to Sending and managing instant messages with Skype for Android.

You can connect to artificially intelligent bots to do all kinds of things. Learn more about Skype bots.


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