Do you want to delete a Skype account? Microsoft made closing Skype accounts more complicated than it wants to be. Make sure that no online provider would post the account deletion choice front and middle. Using that in mind, permanently removing a Skype account is a multi-step process. So that typically needs to delete payment techniques, cancel any subscriptions you might have. Or can’t link Microsoft account from Skype account and much more.
But don’t fret, we are here to help you. This guide helps you using the steps required to successfully close your account on Skype the right way. As a bonus, we’ll display you how to request a refund for your unused credits and unlink your accounts. Also, you’ll learn how to delete a Skype account.
Closing Skype account the right way
Hopefully, there is nothing like a magic button for closing a Skype account in one fell drop.
“If you like to close your Skype account, you want to contact us so we can close it for you,” said Microsoft. Contacting Skype is quite a simple and easy part. What’s difficult here are the 3 steps that you take before you kill your Skype account for good:
- Unlink an MS account from your Skype account
- Cancel any active subscriptions and request a refund
- Cancel a Skype Number, if you have one
- Delete recurring payments by turning off the Auto-Renew feature
- Update your mood message
- Use your status to Offline or Invisible
- Sign out of Skype on all devices
- Delete personally identifiable details from your Skype profile
I suggest that you use any Skype credit you might have before you remove the account as you can’t be able to get these back when it is closed.
Skype account vs. Microsoft account
Once you signed up for Skype with a Microsoft account, then closing your Skype account will also remove its linked Microsoft account. This probably not be what you want as your MS account is also your key to Xbox Live, Outlook.com, OneDrive, and other Microsoft services.
So, people who sign up for Skype using their Microsoft account must unlink the accounts to ensure constant use of their Microsoft account when their Skype account is gone.
How to delete/remove Skype account
If you can’t sign up for Skype using your Microsoft account, proceed further to step 5.
Initially sign into your Skype account at skype.com in a web browser.
Move to your account settings: move down under the webpage and tap Account Settings under the Settings and Preferences heading.
Then next to your MS account, click the Unlink choice.
Tip: If the option reads Not linked rather than Unlink, your Skype account has not been linked to your Microsoft account. If that’s the case, you can safely proceed to step 5.
A confirmation text appears. Tap Continue to confirm the action. Now your Skype account unlinked from your Microsoft account.
Tip: When your Skype name in the interface display as live:[your email address without domain] or outlook:[your email address without domain]. Then unlinking the accounts will cause you to lose all your Skype contacts across Microsoft’s online properties such as Outlook.com.
Only you unlink your accounts a limited number of times. Well, did you get a message saying you can’t unlink the two accounts?
Tip: Unlinking accounts might sign you out of your Skype account. If so, again sign in at Skype.com to proceed further with the account removing process.
Now you will have to cancel recurring payments or Skype subscriptions. Head over to your Skype account settings on the web, tap the subscription you like to cancel in the blue bar on the left.
Tap Cancel Subscription to continue.
Also, tap “Thanks but no thanks, I still want to cancel” to confirm subscription cancellation.
Tip: Now might be a good time to request a refund for any Skype subscriptions that you can’t use. Also, you can do this either fill out the online Cancellation and Refund form or in a live chat using Skype’s support staff.
If you buy a Skype Number where people can ring you, then you just cancel it before closing the account. Simply tap Skype Number in the Manage Features section, then tap Settings and at last press the Cancel Skype Number option.
Make sure that your Skype Number subscription remains enable until its expiry date. The subscription is noted in the web interface. Once it’s expired, Microsoft then moves back your Skype Number for 90 days.
“It means no one else but you can buy this specific number during this period,” said Microsoft. If you want to renew your Skype Number subscription, simply tap Skype Number in the Manage Features section. Then Skype Number and at last Reactivate Settings next to the number you would like to reactivate.
Remember that you can’t request a refund for a canceled Skype Number.
While using recurring payments to have your Skype credit automatically filled up when the balance falls below a specific amount. Simply on the web turn off the Auto-Recharge feature in the Account Details section tap Billing & Payments. Then press Disable at the bottom of the Auto-Recharge tab right next to Status.
Well, both include recurring payments, can’t confuse auto-recharging Skype Credit with a Skype subscription.
Now that when you canceled your Skype subscriptions and erased recurring payments, contact Skype Customer Service and tell them you want to close your account.
The consequences of closing Skype account
Removing the account permanently erases any data that was linked with it. It includes your Skype contacts, purchases, and chats history. Microsoft said that it probably takes 30 days for your name to remove from the Skype directory when the account is closed.
After 30 days, no one can find you on Skype. Still, your name will appear in your friends’ contact lists until they erase it, but they don’t contact you.
If for some reason you want to secure people from searching you on Skype before 30 days have passed. Then make sure to modify your profile picture and mood texts. Also, setting your status to Invisible or Offline and erasing other confidential information from your Skype profile.
Erasing your Skype profile information
If you want to make it more complicated for others to find you in the Skype directory. Then simply erase your personal details from your Skype profile, and doing other housekeeping actions below.
Modify your profile picture—If you want to modify the profile picture that identifies you on Skype. Simply click My Info on Skype for iOS. Then press your profile picture, and choose Remove Profile Picture.
On Skype for Mac, just tap the camera icon on the profile picture preview and then search for a different picture.
Update your status—You can also add a status on your Skype profile. It helps your contacts to realize you’re no longer active on the service. On Skype for iOS, click the My Info tab or tap your profile picture on Skype for Mac to update your information.
Now click Enter Mood Message to update your status message on Skype.
Set your status to Offline or Invisible—The step ensures that people will no longer be able to view you on Skype. If you want to start, click My Info → Status on Skype for iOS. Also, tap File → Change Status on Skype for Mac.
Then, add your status to Offline or Invisible.
Sign out of Skype on all your devices—If you want to sign yourself out of Skype on any other devices you probably be using it. Just input the chat command /remotelogout into the chat window on one of your Skype devices.
In the end, remember to sign out of Skype on the device you’re using now.
Erasing other Skype profile details
Updating your Skype profile details might be simpler or easier in the web interface.
Simply Sign in to your account on skype.com. Then move to your profile, move under the page and tap Edit Profile at the bottom of Settings and Preferences. Then, tap Edit in the Personal Information and erase all identifiable information from the Personal Information and Contact Details sections.
I would like to type some random characters in optional fields before tapping Save.
“You must leave your email in your profile so that we can check your account when closing,” said Microsoft. “When we closed the account, we will erase your email address.”
Make sure that you can’t edit your Skype name.
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