Meet New Friends in ICQ Chat Rooms

One of the earliest messaging platforms, ICQ New offers a plethora of features

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ICQ New is a fun way to stay in touch with friends. The platform offers a range of useful features including, video chat, group chat, free calls, chat rooms, and unlimited texting. 

ICQ New, which stands for "I Seek You," is one of the earliest messaging platforms, having emerged way back in 1996. Started by an Israeli company called Mirabilis, it was purchased by AOL in 1998 and sold to Mail.RU Group in 2010. 

ICQ New is available on a variety of devices, including:

The instructions in this article refers to ICQ version 10.0.40338 and newer.

How to Access Chat Rooms on ICQ

ICQ has public chat rooms where you can make new friends who are interested in the same topics that you are. With ICQ New, you can have video chats with anyone on your Contacts list.

Here's How to Access Chat Rooms on ICQ

  1. Open ICQ on your computer or mobile device.

    ICQ Windows interface.
  2. Click or tap in the Search field located in the menu at the top of the application.

    The Search field will search for groups, chat rooms, and individuals.

    The search field is highlighted in ICQ.
  3. Enter in your desired search.

    Searching for technology in ICQ.
  4. If it is a chat room, you should see a count of how many members are in this chat. Select it, then select Enter.

    A chatroom has been found in ICQ.
  5. You may not see anything due security features of the group. Usually an administrator will have to approve your request before entering.

    Awaiting permission to join a chatroom in ICQ.
  6. If the chat room is public, you can select +Subscribe to join.

    Joining a public chat room in ICQ.

Welcome to Your ICQ Chat Room

Once you enter a chat room, it's easy to start participating in a conversation. ICQ offers many tools that enable you to send text, voice messages, stickers, and emojis to participants in the chat room. Your experience may be different depending on whether you are using a computer or a mobile device, however.

How to Participate in an ICQ Chat on a Computer

  1. On the left panel, select the person, group, or chat room you wish to message.

    ICQ Windows interface.
  2. At the bottom of the page, select the Message box to begin entering a message.

    An active chat in ICQ.
  3. Select the Smiley (Emoji and stickers) on the right side of the Message field. From here you have a large selection of different emoji and stickers to send in your message.

    Available emoji and stickers for chatting in ICQ.
  4. Select the + (plus sign) to send Photos, Videos, and even Voice Messages.

    Sending files through ICQ chat.

How to Participate in an ICQ Chat on a Mobile Device

Tap into the empty field at the bottom of the screen. You can then type your message.

  1. Tap the happy face to the left of the text field at the bottom of the screen to access emojis and stickers.

    Adding a smiley to an ICQ chat.
  2. Tap the microphone icon to the right of the text field to record a voice message.

  3. Tap Plus or the Image to the left of the Microphone to access the photos on your mobile device.

  4. Tap Plus to use your Camera, add Photos and videos, and other options.

    Screenshots of other chat features in ICQ.