Deleting a Skype account isn’t as easy as it was when the service was just a standalone VoIP tool. Today, under the Microsoft umbrella, you cannot delete your Skype account without deleting the parent Microsoft account. If you are not using another Microsoft service, continue with the instructions on how to delete the account. If you use Microsoft Word or own an Xbox, your only option is to delete the apps.
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Delete Skype conversations
If you leave Skype for good but don’t want to delete your Microsoft account, it’s a good idea to delete all saved conversations. This prevents hackers from reading conversations if they somehow gain access.
Deleting conversations is easy. Here’s how:
- Desktop software: Right-click on the conversation and select Remove conversation in the pop-up menu.
- Windows 10 app: Right-click on the conversation and select Remove conversation in the pop-up menu.
- Mobile: Long press on the conversation and select Remove conversation on the roll-up menu.
Now that all messages have been deleted, you can proceed with removing the app from your device (s).
Delete a Microsoft account
To get rid of Skype, you have to delete the parent Microsoft account. The good news is that the deletion isn’t instant – you have 60 days to change your mind.
Step 1: Open a browser and go to the Close Microsoft account page.
Step 2: Sign in to your Microsoft account.
Step 3: Select the The next button after reading the overview.
Step 4: As shown above, check all the boxes to confirm that you understand what happens when an account is closed.
Step 5: Click the arrow next to Select a reason and select an answer from the drop-down menu.
Step 6: Click on the Mark account for closure button.
Remove Skype in Windows 10
This applies to the desktop software and the Microsoft Store app
Step 1: Click on the Get started button.
Step 2: Scroll down the Start menu, right-click on it app or program (the latter is in a Skype folder) and select remove in the pop-up menu.
Step 3: If you delete the Microsoft Store app, click on it remove button in the pop-up window. No other steps are needed.
If you are removing the desktop software, continue with Step 4.
Step 4: The Control Panel is displayed. Select Skype on the Delete or change a program list.
Step 5: Select remove next To organize.
Step 6: Click Yes when prompted to remove the software.
Step 7: Click OK complete.
Delete Skype on MacOS Big Sur
Step 1: Open Finder and select Applications listed on the left.
Step 2: Right click on Skype and select Move to trash in the pop-up menu. You can also drag Skype to the trash can icon in the Dock.
Step 3: Right click on it Garbage can icon and select Empty trash can in the pop-up menu.
Delete Skype on iOS 14 / iPadOS 14
Step 1: Long press the app icon.
Step 2: Crane Delete app in the pop-up menu.
Remove Skype on Android 10
Step 1: Long press the app.
Step 2: Press “I” icon at the bottom right of the pop-up menu.
Step 3: Crane remove on the App information screen.