This article explains How to Change Your Skype Username. Instructions apply to all Skype platforms, including Skype for Windows and Mac, Skype on the web, and the Skype mobile app.
Your Skype Name is the name created when you first joined Skype, other than your email address or phone number.
If you sign in with an email address or phone number instead, then you’ll have a Skype Name tied to your Microsoft account. Your Skype display name is different from your Skype username. You can change the display name whenever you like, and it’s what other Skype users see when they communicate with you.
Your Skype username is the email address used to create your Microsoft account—a result of Microsoft acquiring Skype in 2011 and requiring a Microsoft account to sign up for Skype. Consequently, you can change your Skype username or ID only by changing the email address associated with it and your Microsoft account.
In cases where you signed up for a Skype account before Microsoft acquired Skype, you’ll likely use a non-email-based username that can’t be changed, unless you create a new account, which means losing your existing contacts.
To change name in app, select Skype profile image\name > Skype Profile > Edit (Pencil) > Enter new name > Enter.
To change on mobile, tap profile image > Skype profile > Pencil > enter new name > tap checkmark.
To change on the web, log into Skype.com > select your name > My Account > Edit profile > Edit profile > enter new name > Save.
How to Change Your Skype Display Name on Windows and Mac
Follow the following steps to change your Skype display name:
Launch the Skype app.Select your Skype profile image or display name, both of which are in the upper-left corner of the screen
Select Skype Profile.
Select the Edit Pencil icon and type a new name.
- Press Enter or select the checkmark on the right side of the text box.
How to Change Your Skype Display Name on Mobile
Follow These directions are for the Skype app only, not Skype Lite.
- 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.
This process changes only your Skype display name, not your Skype username or Skype ID. While changing your Skype display name alters what other users see when they connect with you, they can change how they see your display name after it’s added to their contacts.
How to Change Your Skype Username on the Web
Change your Skype username on the web in a similar way.
- Log in to Skype.com.
Select your name in the upper-right 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.
- Select Save, near the upper-right corner of the page.
This method doesn’t work for Skype usernames created before Microsoft acquired Skype and started linking Microsoft and Skype accounts. However, these usernames don’t have to be displayed, meaning you don’t need to worry about these.
How to Change Your Name With Skype for Business
NOTE: With Skype for Business, people are typically unable to change their usernames or display names themselves, because their accounts are created for them by their employer, who assigns them an email address (usually their work email address) and name. If you ever want to change your Skype for Business ID, you’ll need to reach out to the relevant member of your IT department.