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What are the possible Skype statuses?

Status Description
 

Online
This is your usual setting when you first sign into Skype. Your contacts can see that you’re online and can contact you. Instant messages will be delivered to you straight away.

 

Away
Your contacts can see that you’re signed in to Skype but not necessarily at your computer. Instant messages will be delivered to you immediately and your contacts can still try to call you.

 

Do Not Disturb
Your contacts can see that you’re online but you don’t want to be disturbed. They can still send you instant messages and call you, but you won’t be alerted with sound.

 

Invisible
You’ll appear to be offline to all of your contacts, but you can still use Skype as usual. It’s a good way to continue using Skype but not be disturbed by instant messages or calls from your contacts.

 

Offline
Automatically displayed when you’re not signed in to Skype. You can also set your status to offline by clicking your status icon and selecting it from the list.

When offline, you cannot send instant messages or make or receive calls. Instant messages sent to you will be available when you sign on, independent of the sender's online status.

This option is not available for Skype for Web. 

 

Calls forwarded
Appears next to a contact if they’re not available but have call forwarding or Voice Messaging set up.

If you set up call forwarding on your own Skype account, calls can be forwarded to your work, home or mobile phone when you can’t take them online, so you need never miss a Skype call.

This feature is only available on Windows desktop or Mac. 

 

Contact request pending
Appears next to a person you added to your contact list, but you’re still waiting for them to accept your contact request.

 

Blocked
Appears next to a contact you have blocked.  

 

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