Posted by: kurtsh | July 29, 2012

HOWTO: Can I delete my Skype account?

imageFor some reason, Skype has made it basically impossible to actually remove an account from their database.  Once it’s been created… it’s there forever.  So if you type in the wrong Skype name or misspell the name (as I accidentally did for a relative)… well, that’s tough.

The only resolution is to strip the account of any personal information by using the “Edit my Profile” menu of the Skype client software installed on your computer (not via the web page – this won’t work), ABANDON the account, and create a new one with the right name. 

Here’s what their support article says:

Can I delete my Skype account?

It’s not possible to delete a Skype account or change a Skype Name after it has been created. However, you can remove all the personal information contained in your profile. This will ensure that other people cannot search for you in Skype by using personal information such as your full name, email or phone number (although they will still be able to search for your Skype Name).

Additionally, there is a section on their support site that talks about ‘removing your old Skype name from the sign in menu.

How can I remove my Skype Name from the sign-in screen?

When you sign in to Skype, your Skype Name is added to the dropdown list on the sign-in screen.  To remove your Skype Name from the Skype sign-in screen:

  1. Quit Skype and make sure that Skype is no longer running.
  2. Click Start, type "run" and press Enter. (On Windows XP: Click Start and then Run.)
  3. Type “%appdata%\Skype” and click OK.
  4. Delete the folder with your Skype name.

If you cannot see the folder with your Skype name, press CTRL + H to display hidden folders.

When you restart Skype, your Skype Name will no longer be displayed.


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