How To Delete a Skype Account in Easy Steps [Quick Guide]

A complete guide with impressive ways to understand how to Delete a Skype Account without deleting your Microsoft account:

You might want to close your Skype account for any reason. But remember, you can’t delete your Skype account without deleting your Microsoft account.

Previously, there was an option to unlink both accounts, but Microsoft has now withdrawn that option. You can choose to hide your Skype profile if you want to keep your Microsoft account.

This article will tell you how to delete your Skype account in all possible ways without deleting your Microsoft account. You will learn how to close a Skype account on desktop and mobile and how to delete your Skype business account. If you want to keep your Skype account but hide your Skype profile, we will tell you how to do that.

Let us begin!

How to Close a Skype Account

How To Delete Skype Account

Gone are the days when closing a Skype used to be a lengthy process. Here’s how to delete your Skype profile.

Delete a Skype Account – Using the Desktop App

Here’s how to delete a Skype account on the Desktop app:

  • Go to the Skype desktop app.
  • Sign in to your account.
  • Click on the three dots beside your profile name.
  • Select Settings.

Skype account

  • Click on Account Details.
  • Scroll to the bottom and click on Close Your Account.

Account Details

  • Enter your Skype email id.
  • Click on Next.

Enter email

  • Enter the code sent to your email ID.
  • Click on Sign in.

Enter code

  • Click on Yes.

Stay signed in

  • Read on to make sure your account is ready for closure.
  • Click Next.


  • Check all the boxes and select a reason.
  • Click on Mark Account for Closure.

Mark for closure

Voilà, you are done. All you have to do is wait for 60 days, after which your Skype account will be closed.

Using the Mobile App

You can also choose to delete your Skype account using its mobile app.

Follow these steps:

  • Sign in to your Skype account on the mobile app.
  • Click on your Profile icon at the top.

Mobile Skype account

  • Tap on Settings.

Mobile Skype Settings

  • Select Account and Profile.

Account and Profile

  • Tap on close your account at the bottom.

Mobile Skype Close Acc

  • Read to check if your account is ready to be closed.
  • Click Next.

Mobile Skype Next

  • Read and check all the boxes.
  • Select a reason.
  • Tap on Mark account for closure.

Mobile Skype mark account for closure

Deleting a Skype Business Account

If you are a business that has moved on from Skype, you will need to close your Skype profile. Or maybe one of the employees has left, and the company might need to delete that employee’s Skype account.

Here’s how to close a Skype account for business:

  • Go to Skype Business Portal.
  • Login to your account.
  • Click on Users.
  • Select Active Users.

Skupe Business Active user

  • Check the box beside the name whose account you want to delete.
  • Select Delete this account.

Skype Business delete account

Hide Your Skype Profile

If you don’t want to use Skype anymore but don’t want to close your Microsoft account, you can hide your Skype profile instead of closing it.

  • Go to the Skype Website.
  • Login to your account.
  • Click on your account icon.
  • From the dropdown, select My Account.
  • Scroll down to Account Details.
  • Under Settings and preferences, click on Edit Profile.

Edit Profile

  • Scroll down to Profile Settings.
  • Go to Discoverability.
  • Uncheck the box beside Appear in search results and suggestions.

Profile Settings

Exporting Contacts, Files, and Chat History

Before you close your Skype account, you might want to export its data. Here’s how you can export your contacts, chats, and files quickly:

Exporting Contacts

  • Log in to your Skype account on its website.
  • Click on your account icon.
  • From the dropdown, select My Account.
  • Scroll down to Account Details.
  • Under Settings and preferences, click on Export contacts.

Export Contacts

  • Navigate to where you want to save the file.
  • Click on Save.

Exporting Files and Chat History

To export your chat history, click on the export files and chat history option instead of the export contacts option under settings and preferences in Account details. Next, check the boxes beside chats and files, and then click on submit a request.

Export chats and files

You will see a message saying your request is being processed at the top of the same page.

Pending request

Refresh the page after some time and you will see a file available for download. Save the file where you want, and it will have all the files and chats you have exchanged on Skype.


How to Delete Skype Messages

If you want to delete Skype messages, here’s how you can do it.

On Desktop

  • Launch Skype.
  • Open the chat carrying the messages you want to delete.
  • Right-click on the message.
  • Click on Remove.

Delete messages

  • Select remove again on the pop-up menu.

On Mobile

  • Launch Skype.
  • Open the conversation thread from which you want to delete messages.
  • Long tap the message.
  • Select remove.

Delete messages mobile

  • Tap on remove again to confirm.

Deleting Skype Conversations

Deleting an entire conversation is easy. Follow these steps:

  • Launch Skype.
  • Right-click on the conversation you want to delete on the left-hand side panel of the Skype Window.
  • Select Delete conversation.

Delete Conversation

  • Click on Delete.


Cancelling Subscription

Before you, coil close your Skype account and cancel all subscriptions.

Follow these steps:

  • Launch Skype.
  • Click on the three horizontal dots beside your username.
  • Click on Settings.

Settings - Delete a Skype Account

  • Click on Account and Profile.
  • Select Your Account.

Your account

  • It will be launched in a browser.
  • On the left-hand panel, you will see your subscriptions.
  • Click on manage.

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  • Click on Cancel Subscription

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  • Give a reason.
  • Click on Cancel Subscription.

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You can use the same steps for mobile

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q #1) Can you delete a Skype account without deleting a Microsoft account?

Answer: Previously, you could unlink both accounts, which allowed users to delete Skype accounts without deleting their Microsoft accounts. However, Microsoft has withdrawn from that facility. So now, you can’t delete your Skype account without deleting your Microsoft account.

Q #2) Does deleting your Skype account delete your email?

Answer: If by email, you mean those in your Microsoft account, then the answer is yes since you will have to delete your Microsoft account as well. However, if you have used other email Ids like Gmail, Rediff, etc., you will not lose your emails by deleting your Skype account.

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Q #3) How can I use Skype without a Microsoft account?

Answer: Create a Skype account with another email ID for using Skype without a Microsoft account.

However, if you already have a Microsoft-linked Skype account, Sign in to your Microsoft account, go to My Account, go to your info page, and select manage how to sign in to Microsoft. Next, click on Add Email, add the email ID you want to use, and click on the Add Alias option.

Now go to the edit profile option on Skype web, add the same email address and check the box beside set as the primary email. You will now be able to log in to Skype without a Microsoft account.

Q #4) What happens when you delete a Skype account?

Answer: You will lose all data related to your Skype account unless you download them, and you lose your Microsoft account, along with your emails and other data.

Q #5) How do you know if someone has deleted their Skype account?

Answer: You cannot see that Skype account in your contact list.


You can change your mind during the 60-day notice period. Once this time has passed, you cannot log in or recover your Skype account. You will not appear in search results anymore, your contacts will not be able to reach you on Skype.

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If you want to delete your Skype account, you now know how to do it on your desktop and mobile app. And remember, you will lose your Microsoft account connected to that particular Skype account as well.