How to Delete Your Skype Account and Why You Should

05/24/2019     Author: Billy Gray

Skype is increasingly obsolete now that most messaging apps feature voice and video calling for free. If you’re tired of Skype, then here’s how to get rid of it.

 

Let’s face it, you probably haven’t used Skype in years. It’s likely that you still say ‘let’s have a Skype’ to distant friends and relatives, even though you actually mean ‘I’ll call you on Facebook.’

Aside from sort of hijacking the name of video calling, Skype doesn’t have much ground left to stand on. Okay, it’s often used in the workplace because it’s simple and it does have a good instant messaging system. Mainly, employers know that you’re not going to be talking to anyone else on Skype so it’s pretty much workplace exclusive. It makes it a safe bet to use in the office for general communication.

But assuming you don’t use Skype in the office and you’re not using it at home either, here’s how to delete your account.

A word before continuing

Deleting your Skype account is different from deleting your social media accounts or other things. Skype is built in to Microsoft, so if you want to get rid of your account then you need to delete your Microsoft account itself. This means that any other service of theirs that you use will also go bye-bye.

If you have an Xbox, then this isn’t a good idea. If you use Outlook, then this also isn’t a good idea. If you’re not using other Microsoft services, however, then you won’t miss this account and you might as well bin it in the annals of history.

Just beware – you’re not only losing Skype if you go through with deleting your Microsoft account. If you don’t want to use the app, but you do want to keep your Microsoft account, then simply delete Skype off of all your devices and delete all your previous data on it. This should be enough to make you forget about it forever.

How to delete your Skype account

If you’re still reading this then you’re obviously fine with saying good-bye to your Microsoft account. Here’s how to do it in some simple steps on desktop.

  1. Click the profile icon in the top left hand corner.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. On Account and Profile, click ‘Close your account’
  4. Verify your account by entering your password when prompted.
  5. Read through the terms of closing your Microsoft account.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Select a reason for closing account and click ‘Mark account for closure’
  8. You will have 30 days to sign back in to reverse the process, after this your account will be permanently closed.

Why should you delete your Skype account?

If you’re concerned about online privacy, then deleting your Skype account is a good way to feel more secure about your communications. Albeit, the government really doesn’t care about most of your insignificant lives, but if you’re a prominent journalist or activist then this might not be the case. The same applies if you’re a foreign investor, business magnate, or just generally someone in the public eye. Governments do keep an eye on the big fish and having accounts like Skype active makes it pretty easy for them to get hold of your messages.

It’s also just good to minimize the amount of services that you’re signed up to. The less accounts that you have across the web, the less at risk you are of falling victim to an attack by hackers. One less account means one less target. And let’s face it, you’re probably using the same password for everything, so one successful attack on you could prove devastating.

Whatever your reasoning is for deleting your Skype account, we hope that the instructions above are simple enough for you to get it done with minimal effort. You might want to consider looking into more secure messaging apps like Whatsapp and Telegram for your private communications from now on. Enjoy.

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