There are times when you write a message in Skype and then, later on, you want to edit or delete that message. It can be a spelling mistake, sending the message to the wrong person or you realize that what you posted was incorrect. Skype is convenient in these matters because it allows you to edit your message history, and delete or change sent messages. Read on to learn how this works when using Skype on Windows, Android, and iOS:
NOTE: Microsoft has been working diligently to unify the user experience between its desktop and mobile apps. We present in this guide the methods for editing and deleting messages with screenshots for Windows, Android, and iOS (taken on an iPhone).
How to edit a message in Skype for Windows
This tutorial applies to the messages that you have sent in your chats. You can apply these methods to edit or remove messages, but you cannot do this on the messages written by someone else. The first thing you need to do is to start Skype and open the chat where you want to make changes. Right-click (or tap and hold) over the message that you want to edit. Alternatively, with the mouse, hover the cursor above the message until a three dots button appears for the “More options,” and click on it.
In the menu, choose the Edit option.
Skype copies the selected message in the field where you usually enter new messages. You find you are, in a sense, back in time, right at the moment when you sent the message.
Make the changes you want to the message, and the “Send message” button appears to the right side of the edit field, ready to send your modified message. When you finish, press the “Send message” button.
The chat history updates with the new message. The only telltale sign is the pencil icon that appears next to your message, to signal to you and your chat partner that the message has been edited.
How to delete a message in Skype for Windows
If you need a radical intervention and you want to completely get rid of a sent message, follow similar steps to the ones for editing. Find the message that you want to remove, and right-click (or tap and hold) over the message. Alternatively, with the mouse, hover the cursor above the message until a three dots button appears for the “More options,” and click on it. Open the “More options” menu for the message that you want to delete and select Remove.
Skype asks for your confirmation because the action is not reversible. If you want to go ahead and delete the message, press Remove.
Different from editing, this time there is no sign of the deleted message.
Now you know how to edit and delete messages in Skype for Windows. Let’s see how the same activities are performed in Skype for Android and iOS.
How to edit a message in Skype for Android and iOS
It is worth noting that you can intervene on your messages regardless of the platform and the Skype client that you have used to create the messages in the first place. For example, a message you created in Skype for Windows can be edited or removed from Skype for Android or Skype for iOS.
On your iPhone or Android smartphone, open the Skype app and go the chat where you want to make changes. Tap and hold the message that you want to edit until a menu pops up. In the menu tap Edit.
The message is copied to the bottom field where you type new messages, and you have the chance to make any changes you want. When you start making changes, the “Send message” button appears to the right. When you finish, tap the “Send message” button.
The chat history is updated for both you and your chat partner with the edited message. There is a pencil icon displayed next to this message to signal that it was changed.
How to delete a message in Skype for Android and iOS
Start Skype on your iPhone or Android smartphone, and open the chat where you want to intervene. Tap and hold on the message that you want to delete, and a menu pops up. Select the Remove option.
Skype asks for your confirmation because the deletion is irreversible. Press Remove if you are sure that you want to delete the message.
The chat history is displayed without the deleted message, and there is no sign that the message was ever there.
For how long can you edit or remove messages in Skype?
There is no official deadline set for how long you can intervene in the history of a chat and make changes. From our trial and error testing, we were able to go back for ten months and still modify chats by editing or removing messages. Once we went beyond this limit, the chats were locked for any changes.
What is the reason why you want to change messages on Skype?
We have found this feature to be useful in our Skype conversations, and we recommend that you use the available message-editing tools. We all have been in a situation when the wrong word can send an entire conversation in a tailspin. Let us know in a comment below what was your reason to change a message in Skype.