Send Online Text Messages

Texting Online with the Skype Desktop App

Send online text messages directly from Skype. Discover a quick, simple way to connect via texting online anytime, anywhere, with the Skype app. It’s especially a great value for texting abroad. You don’t even need a phone to send online texts with Skype!

Easily send online text messages from the comfort of your keyboard with no more embarrassing autocorrect. It feels like instant messaging when you’re texting online. Other devices can send online texts with Skype too, like your tablet or even your Xbox.

"Easily stay in contact with your friends, loved ones or business partners with the help of Skype’s online texting app."

Difference Between Skype Instant Messaging vs. Texting

While Skype offers instant messaging, there is a key difference between instant messaging and text messaging: text messages, or SMS messages, are limited to 160 characters on most phones and can only be sent to mobile numbers. Text messages also cost a fee. Skype instant messages between two users is a free service and cannot be sent to phones (unless they have the app!).

Online Texting Rates

You’ll need Skype Credit to send text messages at really low rates. SMS text message rates vary by where the phone is that you’re texting. Try Skype for a month free and see how easy it is to send online texts. Plus, there are many ways to pay for Skype and they vary by country. You’ll love texting online with Skype. Text from anywhere via the Skype app on your phone or on your desktop. It works on every device and is available for Windows, OSX, iPhone, iPad, Android, Xbox or in your browser.

Get started with online texting with Skype today

Purchase Skype credit to the app

Choose an option which is best for your needs. Send text messages for the best price.

Download Skype

See if Skype app is available for your device. You can synchronise your chats on multiple devices.

Start texting!

Input a number to begin your online texts. You can send an online text to almost any number, as long as it is enabled to receive texts.

Receiving SMS Messages

If you want to receive SMS messages as part of your Skype account, you can purchase a Skype Number. Skype Numbers allow you to have a virtual number in 23 countries that is local to that country. Your customers or friends can call you in that country on your Skype number as a local telephone call and Skype will ring you no matter where you are. Skype Numbers also support receiving SMS messages so people can send you an SMS to your Skype Number and you will receive the SMS into your Skype application. To learn more about Skype Number, please visit the Skype Number page.

No emergency calls with Skype
Skype is not a replacement for your telephone and can't be used for emergency calling