Sending SMS text messages (Windows desktop)

Send SMS text messages to mobile phones from Skype at great low rates. Simply check this page, enter the country to which you would like to send an SMS, and scroll to the bottom for SMS rates.

You can send SMS text messages to any text-enabled number (that is, most mobiles, and some landlines), or to a Skype contact who has one of these numbers saved in their profile. All you need is a little Skype Credit.

Sending SMS text messages to your contact

It’s easy to send an SMS text message to one of your contacts:


Sign in to Skype.


Under Contacts, click the contact you want to send an SMS text message to.


There are two ways to send an SMS text message. You can either right-click the contact, and then select Send SMS Message

Right click menu on contact

…or, in the conversation box, click via Skype and select SMS.

SMS option selected after clicking the via Skype option in the conversation box.


Enter your message in the conversation box, then click the Send button.

Conversation box with message typed in it

When your SMS text message has been delivered, the “SMS: Delivered” status will appear next to your SMS text message.

If the Send SMS Message option is greyed out, this is most likely because your contact hasn’t saved a text-enabled number (usually a mobile number) in their profile.

To add a mobile number to the contact, just click via SMS in the conversation window, then click Add phone number.

Add phone number button

Learn how to delete your conversation history.

Sending SMS text messages to a number not saved as a contact

You can send an SMS text message to a number not saved as a contact simply by manually entering the phone number in Skype:


Sign in to Skype.


Click the call phones icon in the Skype toolbar. The dial pad is displayed on the right side of the screen.

The dial pad displayed on the right side of the screen after clicking the call phones icon.


If you are texting abroad, select a country from the flag menu drop-down list, and then click in the box beside the flag.


Enter the phone number and click the SMS button The SMS icon..


In the conversation box at the bottom of the screen, type your message. To insert a line break, you can use the Ctrl+Enter key combination.

To send your SMS text message, click the Send button. Depending on your settings, pressing Enter might send your SMS text message.

The Receive replies on your mobile option selected in the conversation window.

When your SMS text message has been delivered, the “SMS: Delivered” status will appear next to the message.

The person you sent the SMS text message to won’t be able to reply you on Skype. However, you can change your settings to receive the SMS text message replies on your mobile. To do so, select Tools > Options… > IM & SMS > SMS Settings and enter and verify your mobile number.

Having problems with sending SMS text messages? Read these troubleshooting tips.

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