If you have kickstarted your Skype journey with a creative or cool username, there will time you will regret (or maybe bored), especially when you need to use it for professional interactions or a job interview. So, how to change your Skype username? Let’s find out.
How To Change Your Skype Username
This step-by-step guide explains how to change your Skype name on all Skype platforms, including Skype for Windows and Mac, Skype on the web, the Skype mobile app, and also on Skype for Business (technically).
What’s My Skype Username? What’s My Skype Display Name?
There are many social media sites that let you change your username; however, Skype doesn’t. But, there are other options you can use to change your Skype name. Your Skype display name is different from your Skype username or Skype ID.
Unlike the username, the Skype display name can be changed whenever you like, and besides, that what Skype users see when they communicate with you.
Why Can’t I Change My Skype Name?
Microsoft acquired Skype back in 2011. Before that, a user could create a new Skype account with a “user-selected” Skype name. However, after the acquisition, requirements got revised, and you would need a Microsoft account to sign up for Skype.
This means you can change your Skype username or ID only by changing the email address associated with it and your Microsoft account.
The Skype name or handle is taken from the first part of the email address you use to sign in. For example, if your email is [email protected], then your Skype name will read as live:techdipper.
Before the acquisition, it would have been @techdipper format. If you use your phone number to create the account, your handle will be in the form of live:alphanumericcharacters.
So, the only option you have is to change your Skype display name and other details, not your Skype name. You can, if you create a new Microsoft account to use on Skype, though your contacts and chat conversation history won’t sync.
How To Change Your Skype Display Name On Windows And Mac
Here’s how to change your Skype display name;
- Launch the Skype app.
- Go to the upper-left corner to select your Skype profile image or display name.
- Select Skype Profile.
4. Select the Edit Pencil icon and type a new name.
5. Press Enter or select the checkmark on the right side of the text box.
How To Change Your Skype Display Name On Mobile (Android/iPhone)
Changing your Skype name on smartphones is pretty nimble;
- Open the Skype app.
- Tap your Skype profile image at the top.
- Tap your Skype profile, then tap the pencil icon next to your display name.
- Make the necessary changes and then tap the checkmark to save.
How To Change Your Skype Username On The Web
Change your Skype username on the web;
- Log in to Skype.com.
- Select your name in the upper-left corner of the screen.
- From the drop-down menu that appears, select My Account.
- Scroll down to Settings and preferences and click Edit profile.
- Click Edit Profile again and then input your new username.
- Near the upper-right corner of the page, select Save.
Mind you; this method doesn’t work for Skype usernames created before Microsoft acquired Skype, i.e. before 2011, and started linking Microsoft and Skype accounts. These usernames don’t have to be displayed anyway, which means you don’t have to worry about these.
How To Change Your Name With Skype For Business
If you’re using Skype for Business, you can neither change your username (Skype name) nor your display name. This is because the user accounts are created by the employer, who assigns an email address and a name to every employee. If you want to change your Skype for Business name or ID, you have to contact your employer or the relevant person in your firm’s IT department.
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