What Do The “Colors” Mean On Skype?

What Do The “Colors” Mean On Skype?

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.

They are:

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!


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15 Comments on "What Do The “Colors” Mean On Skype?"

4 years 10 months ago

Hi Kimberly,

Great breakdown of skype statuses – if that’s the right word :)

I’m new to skype. I don’t use it much right now but can certainly see its benefits.

Thanks for sharing your insight.

Ryan Biddulph

2 years 5 months ago

The correct plural of “status,” taken from a Latin standpoint, would be “stati,” with a long “i.” Long “i” noun endings for this noun’s Latin declension indicate the Nominative Plural (or one of several other options, but for creating plurals based on Latin rules, it would be long “i” here).

4 years 10 months ago

Thank you Kimberly for teaching us about Skype! It’s funny that I’ve been using and enjoying it without really understand what everything means!

4 years 8 months ago

Had to check it again! Someday all this information you leave for me will stick in my brain! Skype really isn’t difficult, I should remember without having to file this link! :)

4 years 10 months ago

Dear Kim,

I always enjoy learning the online success nuggets you share
and I know I always find them when I visit with you.
Thank you for serving the important bits in an easy to do bite-size portions for us to enjoy an online success.

Venus :)

2 years 11 months ago

Same with you, I’m always helped too by this blog!
Thank you very much Kim!

4 years 10 months ago

Hey Kimberly

I use skype extensively.

I have an unlimited North America plan for around 3 bucks. When I travel I carry a netbook with me which means no matter where I am in the world, as long as I am calling NA it is covered by my plan. This plan is for when I call land lines, of course it is is free if I call another skype member.

I even have a UK based skype number.

As for the colours I have never paid much attention to them, but now I know.

I really should set my colour to yellow because many times I am logged in but away from the computer.

Thanks Kimberly.

4 years 10 months ago

Hi Kimberly! I just found your blog through comluv and I just had to tell you how much I’m enjoying your articles. I just started using Skype and I’m surprised by how useful it it. I didn’t know about the forwarding/voicemail option, much less how to tell if someone has it set up, so thank you!