How to forward Instant Messages to SMS when you are away from your PC How to forward Instant Messages to SMS when you are away from your PC
Follow the steps below to get Skype instant messages (also known as text chat messages, or chat messages) forwarded to your mobile phone via SMS when you are away from your desk. (These steps assume you have Outlook installed – see Skylook prerequisites for details).
1. Follow these instructions to set up Skype if you don’t already use it.
2. If you don’t already have Skylook, download and install it from here.
3. Start Outlook. If you are running Skylook for the first time, you will see the Skylook licensing wizard and the Skylook Welcome wizard. When you see the page below, fill it out as shown:
4. If you are not running Skylook for the first time, you won’t see the welcome wizard, but you can set up IM forwarding by clicking this button on the toolbar:
then filling in the options as shown:
and clicking OK.
5. Skype SMS requires you to purchase Skype Credit. Each time an SMS is sent (and therefore each time you receive a reminder alert), your Skype Credit balance is reduced. If you do not have any Skype Credit, the wizard or options dialog will prompt you to purchase some. Alternatively, you can buy Skype Credit here. If you are doing this for the first time, we recommend you purchase the minimum amount so you can give it a try without too much of an outlay.
6. Proceed to the end of the welcome wizard if it is still displayed.
7. To test IM forwarding, set your Skype status to “Away” by clicking the bottom left hand corner of the Skype application as shown below, so that Skylook thinks you are away from your PC:
8. Now have someone send you an instant message via Skype.
9. Soon after the message appears on your screen, you will receive an SMS containing the message. (NOTE: If the message is too long, it may be truncated to fit within the limit for a single SMS of 160 characters. You can tell Skylook to send multiple SMS messages instead of truncating, using Advanced Alerts).
10. If you did not receive an alert, check the Outlook inbox. If Skylook had problems sending the SMS (e.g. if the number is invalid), the details of the problem are placed in a new inbox item for you to review.
11. Once you’ve finished trying this, don’t forget to set your Skype status back to “Online”. By default, Skype switches your status to “Away” automatically if your computer is left idle for more than five minutes. (Note: You may wonder what happens with instant messages that come in during the five minute gap – don’t worry, Skylook forwards these messages also, as soon as Skype switches your status to “Away”).
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