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Take it from the Top with Skype 5 for iPhone

Here on the Tips & Tricks blog I often focus on some of the less obvious features of Skype, the things you might not discover yourself. But whenever one of our versions of Skype goes through a big change I like to remind users how to do the basics before anything else.

We recently released an update to Skype for iPhone which brought quite a few changes to the experience. To get you started with the new version, this post will cover the three most important things you need to be able to use Skype:

  1. Adding a contact
  2. Sending a message
  3. Starting a call

Let’s get started!

Adding a contact

Before you start making calls and sending messages, it’s useful to have a few contacts to send them to. To add a contact in Skype 5.0 for iPhone:

  1. Open Skype.
  2. Tap the More icon in the bottom right and tap add people.

More icon

  1. Search for your friend and select them in the results.
  2. Tap send contact request.

Depending on your friend’s privacy settings, they might need to accept your contact request before they can receive your calls and messages.

Sending a message

So you’ve added your friend as a contact but you’re not planning on starting a call just yet. An instant message doesn’t need to be any longer than “Hi”. To send a message in Skype 5.0 for iPhone:

  1. Open Skype.
  2. Select your friend in the recent, favorite or people lists.
  3. Type your message and tap send.

Send icon

Tip: You can also start a new conversation from the home screen by tapping on the chat icon.

Chat icon

Starting a call

Of course an instant message won’t let you see the smile on your friend’s face or hear their voice. When you’re ready to start a call on Skype 5.0 for iPhone:

  1. Open Skype.
  2. Select your friend in the recent, favorite or people lists.
  3. Tap either the audio or video call icons.

Tip: If your friend isn’t online at the moment, you can call them on a landline or mobile with just a little Skype Credit. Simply tap the dial pad icon after opening Skype.

Dial pad icon

If you’re looking to squeeze every last drop out of Skype 5.0 for iPhone, be sure to keep an eye on this blog for more advanced tips. You can also ask any questions you might have in the Skype Community.

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