Getting the Most out of Skype 5 for iPhone

In a recent post I took a step back and looked at the performing the three most important actions in Skype 5 for iPhone. It’s good to go back to basics after a big change, but there’s a lot more to the new version of Skype for iPhone. For starters, we’ve already released an update to the update which added a lot of features you asked for after the redesign.

Today I’m going to get into some of those features and show you a little more of what Skype for iPhone can do.

Creating a new group to chat with

Group chats aren’t exactly new to the Skype experience, they’re a big part of how people use the software to keep in touch with family and friends. With the latest version of Skype for iPhone we’ve added the ability for you to create new groups from your contacts, here’s how:

  1. Open Skype.
  2. Tap the chat icon.

Chat icon

  1. Add the contacts you want in the group, type your message and tap the send button

Send icon

Tip: You can set a topic for the chat with Skype for iPhone using the /topic chat command. Learn more about chat commands and roles.

Fixing typos with message editing and deletion

Typing on a mobile phone is a tricky business. Do you go with autocorrect and hope for the best or painstakingly proofread your messages? Well with the 5.1 update to Skype for iPhone we added the ability for you to edit and delete messages so you can also fix those typos after they happen.

To edit or delete a message in a conversation simply long-tap it and select the appropriate option.

Long tap message

Tip: You can also remove a conversation from your recent conversations list with a long-tap.

Use favorites to find your important contacts quicker

If you’re anything like me then you’ve got far more contacts in your list than you’ll find time to call or message daily or even weekly. But there are some contacts you always need at the tips of your fingers.

With the 5.1 update you can add a contact to your favorites from the favorite screen, or you can do the same when you’re in a conversation:

  1. Tap the More icon in the bottom right

More icon highlighted

  1. Select add to favorites

Using filters with your people list to narrow your focus

Another way to find a certain contact quicker is to use the filters on the people screen. You’ll find the filter at the top left of the people screen. You can filter your contacts in a number of ways:

  • All – Rather self-explanatory, this option shows you all your contacts.
  • Skype – Filters out your Microsoft Account contacts if you’re signed in with your Microsoft Account.
  • Online – Shows only contacts who are currently available to chat with and call.


With the 5.1 update your filter settings will stay active when you sign out of Skype to save you time in the future.

Do you have a favorite feature in the new version of Skype for iPhone? Why not tell us about it in the Skype Community?