Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging Meet New Friends in ICQ Chat Rooms One of the earliest messaging platforms, ICQ offers a plethora of features Share Pin Email Print Peter Cade / Getty Images Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls By Brandon De Hoyos Writer Brandon de Hoyos is former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a self-described IM veteran who covers the latest in messaging trends and videography. our editorial process LinkedIn Brandon De Hoyos Updated January 10, 2020 ICQ is a fun way to stay in touch with friends. The platform offers a nice range of features including video chat, group chat, free calls, chat rooms, and unlimited texting. ICQ, which stands for "I See 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 is available on a variety of devices, including: iOSAndroidPCMac OS XLinux How to Access Chat Rooms on ICQ Chat rooms are a fun way to make new friends who are interested in the same topics that you are. ICQ provides a variety of chat rooms on popular topics, including Pokémon and sports. There are also chat rooms based on geographic locations so you can chat with new friends nearby (or in a location you're interested in), and even rooms for those who speak foreign languages. Here's How to Access Chat Rooms on ICQ Open ICQ on your computer or mobile device.Click or tap the compass icon located in the menu at the bottom of the application. This will result in a list of chat room options for you to select from.Scroll to see the complete list of available chat rooms.When you find a chat room that you'd like to join, click or tap the green Join button. On a computer, you may have to click Open after you've joined the chat in order to open the room. Welcome to Your ICQ Chat Room Once you join a chat room, it's easy to start participating in a conversation. ICQ offers many tools which 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 Click on the Message area at the bottom of the screen. You can then type your message. Click the happy face to the left of the Message area at the bottom of the screen to access emojis and stickers. Click the paperclip icon to the right of the Message field in order to add a file to the 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. Tap the happy face to the left of the text field at the bottom of the screen to access emojis and stickers. Tap the microphone icon to the right of the text field in order to record a voice message. Tap the camera icon to the right of the microphone icon in order to access the photos on your mobile device, or to take a new photo. There is no option to share files in your chat when using your mobile device.