What Do The “Colors” Mean On Skype?
Skype is a fabulous tool that allows for instant free text-messaging between PCs, free voice calls between PCs, free Video calls between PCs, and major discounts on voice calls from PC (or Skype enabled handset) to landline/mobile phones. Even my new mobile phone has Skype available!
If we haven’t already connected there, my Skype ID is kimberly.castleberry … however, I should mention that I usually keep Skype in “invisible mode”.
What does that mean?
When you are signed into Skype, there are five possible statuses you can display.
Green: Online and Visible (also known as Available)
Yellow: Away (also known as AFK or away-from-keyboard)
Red: Do Not Disturb (also known as No Notifications)
White: Offline -OR- Invisible (Hidden)
You can see lots of people with “Green” (Online). These are indicating that they are available to talk/text.
One has “Red” (DND: Do Not Disturb) status. This person may truly wish left alone. However, it’s more likely that they’re using this as a way to block Skype from generating any pop ups or sounds. Useful for webinars!
The “Yellow” (Away) is telling you they are around but have gone away. Some use this similar to a “leave a message” status.
Here you see a lot of names that have White/Gray (Offline) Skype icons next to their names. These people are either offline or pretending to be offline using “Invisible”.
You also see one more here. A “White with Green Outline”. This person is offline/invisible, but has either call forwarding (to another phone) or voicemail configured. This green outline essentially tells you that calling may either reach them or allow you to leave a voice message.
Now you know what the colors mean and how to set yours to make the use best use of the settings!
If you found this post helpful I hope you’ll share it with others! What other questions do you have about Skype? How has Skype helped you with your business? Do you use any of Skype’s additional services? I look forward to your comments below!