As more employers use Skype for initial job interviews, an embarrassing username you created years ago could prove costly. Luckily, you can change your Skype name without having to delete the account entirely.
Process is identical for desktop, mobile, and Skype Lite users: To change your display name, navigate to your profile and click on pencil icon next to it.
How to Change Your Skype Username
People often sign up for Skype without much thought or consideration and choose random usernames that later prove embarrassing. If this is your situation and you wish to change it, assuming your account was created before Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011, changing your display name or username shouldn’t be too difficult a process.
Change Your Skype Name on Windows, Mac and Android Devices To change your Skype name on all three platforms – Windows, Mac and Android, simply log out and back in using your desired name – this way your contacts will instantly recognize it!
Your Skype display name, which other users see when calling you, can also be changed easily. To do this, launch Skype and tap or click your profile icon at the top left of the screen – an edit window will then open for editing your name before finally saving changes with a check mark click/tap at its completion.
On mobile devices, changing your Skype display name is easily accomplished by opening the Skype app and tapping your profile image at the top of the screen. After selecting a name that appears both during calls and contact lists, and on calls/chats you can close and use your new name going forward.
Unfortunately, your Skype username cannot be changed once it was generated when your account was created. Since it’s associated with your Microsoft account and thus tied to your email address, if you want to change it you must create a separate email account and link them together – or create another Skype account using another email address and link both together!
Another alternative would be to create a separate Skype account; however, doing so will prevent you from moving any conversations or contacts over to it and from using any services/apps associated with your current one.
Change Your Skype Display Name
When creating a Skype account, you are asked to enter both your name and display name. Altering the latter can be simpler than changing the former; though all devices using Skype must sign in again for changes to take effect.
Change your Skype display name easily on either desktop or mobile platforms; the same process applies. However, this won’t alter your username which is tied to the email address used when creating your account and cannot be altered.
To change your Skype display name on desktop devices, visit the official Skype website and click or tap your profile picture in the top left corner of the screen. A menu should then open, showing a pencil icon next to your Skype name on the right-hand side. Click or tap this pencil icon, enter your new display name, then tap or click Save Changes (checkmark icon) before exiting out of this step.
Mobile app updates follow a similar process; however, using your camera, a screenshot must be taken using Skype on mobile. Open Skype on mobile and tap the profile icon at the top. On this profile page, tap pencil icon next to name to enter new display name; once complete tap checkmark icon to save changes and finalise changes.
To quickly search and identify other Skype users, it is recommended that you choose an identifiable display name. This allows for easier recognition among other users as well as being easier for others to find you on Skype. Using a unique email address as your Skype name would prevent syncing conversations or contacts between accounts – though creating a new Microsoft account would allow for quick name changes; though changing to another Microsoft account won’t affect chat history on previous accounts.
Change Your Skype Email Address
No matter who or why it may be for, your Skype name matters and should convey trustworthiness and professionalism.
Email and telephone numbers can easily be updated; however, your Skype username (also called a Skype ID) cannot. Your Skype username (sometimes referred to as your Skype ID) is generated based on how you sign in – such as using email or telephone number as authentication methods – with its default starting with “live: and is a random string of letters and numbers.
But you can change your Skype display name, which other people see when calling or meeting with you. To change it, go to Skype website and click “Your Profile,” click pen icon next to name at top, type in new name then tick icon for confirmation.
Your profile allows you to store additional email addresses. To do this, click on the gear icon and select “Email Settings,” followed by “Change Email Address” near the bottom. This allows you to set a different email address for your account or change what email alerts come through when someone contacts you via Skype.
Although your Skype username cannot be altered, its display name can always be adjusted at your discretion. Just be mindful that this doesn’t translate directly to your Skype ID number assigned when creating your account.
Switching up your Skype name may not be simple if your account was created prior to Microsoft acquiring this VoIP and messaging service, but it is still doable. Be mindful that changing your username means creating an entirely new one and losing all conversations and contacts on that account – it would be best if you try your hardest to choose an appropriate username right from the beginning!
Change Your Skype Password
Skype is an invaluable way of staying in touch with loved ones and business contacts alike, but due to widespread use on various devices and services, its password should be regularly changed in order to safeguard against hackers while making sure only you can access it. The process takes mere moments!
To change your Skype password, first log into your account. Next, navigate to “Settings and Preferences,” where “Password” can be found; after clicking it you may either enter your email address or click on the “Forgot Password?” link and reset your password here. After doing so you will receive an email from Microsoft with instructions for recovering it.
If you have ever needed to use Skype for interviews or other reasons, they likely asked you for your Skype name. While this might not seem important at first glance, your name can actually make or break an impression upon someone.
Since name recognition on Skype can be challenging for some users, creating a professional name for your profile will not only make it easy for people to find you quickly but will also look neat and tidy. Changing your Skype display name is simple – both the app and website offer this feature.
You will need the phone number or backup email address associated with your Skype account in order to login and change its password. After entering this information, enter and confirm a new password before being able to log in with it. It’s wise to create your password using letters, numbers, and symbols so as to prevent attackers from guessing it; this will protect against hacking attempts as well as other security risks on Skype.