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Skype group admin

Data: 22-Mar-2019 Editor: AppsToTalk

In a group or a conference chat, you can discuss important issues with the members of your team, colleagues or business partners. The matters to be discussed may concern a project, workflow or any other topics you would like the other conversation members to be involved into. The feature is especially important if you would like to share your admin rights to the other chat participants. The administrator of the chat can kick any group member from the conversation, obtain an info regarding a list of members and their current roles and do some other things which ordinary group member is not capable of. In this article, we will explain how to make someone an admin of the group chat in Skype, what capabilities does he have and what commands he can give.

How to make someone a moderator in a group chat in Skype mobile/desktop version?

Before we start, note that you need to be an administrator of the chat yourself in order to share admin rights to somebody else.

Here is how you can share admin rights to a member of your chat on Skype desktop/mobile version:

  • Run Skype app. You can do it from Start menu or desktop (on Windows), dock panel (macOS), Show applications toolbar (Linux) or Home screen (Android/iOS).
  • Sign in to your messenger account by entering your email/phone number and the password. If you don’t have one, register a new account. The “How to create Skype account” FAQ guide will assist in this task.
  • Select a group conversation from the contact list. If there is none, create a new one. You can find detailed info regarding that topic in “How to start a Skype group chat” FAQ section. Assume that the conference is already generated. If you can’t find the newly generated group from the contact list, use the search in the upper section of the Skype window.

  • Click on the group name to reveal the list of group participants. You can find the corresponding button at the top section of the conversation window.

  • Pick the person you want to make a moderator from the list. After that, that person’s profile will be revealed.

  • Remember the selected person’s username. The name is shown in the Skype name field on the profile window. Write the exact Skype name of the person into the text file or copy it into clipboard if it’s hard to keep in mind: you’ll need to type it exactly as it is specified here.

  • Get back to the group chat. You can do it by clicking on the arrow in the top-left corner of the screen and then closing the participants list.

  • The most important part begins, i.e. sharing the moderator rights to the person which you have just picked from the group participants list. Type the following command in the conversation window: /setrole 'username' Admin. Instead of 'username', enter the name you have written out two steps before. The brackets should be omitted. After that, press Enter.

  • Now the specified user has obtained the admin rights and is given all the opportunities which the creator of the group chat is provided with. If you want to add another admin, repeat the same steps with the new Skype username once again.

Note: if you wish to bring back the user rights to particular person in chat, type the following command: /setrole 'username' User.

How to provide admin rights to group chat member in Skype for Web service?

The instruction for Skype for Web service is pretty similar, but we would like to provide the whole guide as well in order not to leave the blank spaces ahead:

  • Go to Skype for Web home page from any compatible browser and login to your account. Once again, if you don’t have any, register a new one by referring to “How to create Skype account” instruction.

Note: At the moment, there are 2 versions of Skype for Web: earlier made web-service with simple interface and just a few options to customize and more powerful tool with HD calls, calls recording and some other advanced features. As the support of former Skype for Web version is about to an end, we will describe the up-to-date version. By the way, currently only Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome browsers are supported.

  • Select a group. If it’s visible on the screen, make a click on it. If you can’t see the group on the screen, use the search field in the top-left section of the Skype form.

  • Click on the group name above. As a result, the active group chat profile will be displayed.

  • Scroll down to the list of chat participants and tap on the person you want to give admin rights to.

  • Once the user profile is revealed, memorize the Skype name of the needed person. The “live:” prefix should not be omitted as well.

  • Return to the main Skype window by closing the user and group profiles. Just click on the arrow at the top-left corner of the screen and close the second window.

  • In the conversation field, type the following command to provide the admin rights to the user selected in the previous steps: /setrole 'username' Admin. Instead of 'username', specify the corresponding Skype name without the brackets.

Note: instead of Admin role, you can apply the MASTER privilege to the username, the result will be absolutely the same. The full sequence will look like that: /setrole 'username' MASTER.

  • After this step, the specified user is given the whole set of privileges of chat moderators. Although there is no notification, the admin rights are provided anyway. You can check how the typed command works via /showmembers command.

Brief review of most common commands and roles admin can use

After you gain moderator rights, you are allowed to use a variety of text commands within a group. In this section, we will describe only the most wide-spreaded of them. You can get acquainted with the whole commands list in the “Skype chat commands” FAQ guide.

All the commands are typed in the main conversation form, just like the ordinary messages. None of the group members will see the response from the commands inserted except yourself, the author of the messages.

Only the admin or host of the chat (usually the host is automatically assigned the administrator rights) is allowed to type the commands. Here are several commands which you might use:

  • /kick 'Skype Name'. This specific command allows to remove the selected person from the group participants. After the user is removed, you or any of the dialogue members can bring that person back to the conversation.
  • /add 'Skype Name'. This particular command executes the contrary action to /kick command. With its assistance, you may add the needed contact to the list of chat participants. This also concerns previously removed members.
  • /showmembers. After typing this sequence of symbols, you will see a list of members and their current roles.

A few words about the roles applicable to the chat members. The chat participant can be assigned only 3 roles:

  • Admin. With this role, the user may apply any of the valid chat commands to the participants of the Skype conversation.
  • Master. This role is an exact analogue of Admin, so you may easily use any of these two.
  • User. The person with this role is not allowed to kick the chat members, add new contacts to the dialogue or execute any other chat commands.

Skype group admin obtains the auxiliary privileges related to dialogue management and authorization. After the rights are shared to another user, both of the admins can perform the same commands until the privileges are decreased or the chat is ceased. After all, moderator rights is an interesting and exciting stuff, so use it with comprehension.