How to Change Your Skype Name on Desktop and Mobile

May 30, 2019

Everything gets outgrown eventually.

Yes, that even means your Skype name. Whether you made your account in middle school using an embarrassing name or you’re just looking to make a slight update to match your professional image, this article will take you step-by-step through the process of changing your Skype name.

How to change your Skype Name

Changing your name on Skype is simple. So simple, in fact, you can accomplish the task in 6 easy steps!

Before we begin, you must understand the correct Skype terminology.

Skype calls its system-generated ID a Skype Name. This is the Skype ID that you can share with others so they are able to reach you through the app.

skype name

This Skype Name (ID) is created when you first sign up for your account. It is your unique identifier on Skype and is unchangeable.

Now that we have the technicalities out of the way, let’s learn how to change your Skype name that's displayed to the public. Your display name, if you will.

Step 1:

Once you’re logged in to your Skype account, navigate to the upper left-hand corner of the screen. You will see your current Skype name and profile picture. Click on it.

Skype step 1

Step 2:

After you’ve clicked on your current name, you’ll notice that the main menu has popped up. In this menu, you’ll find a variety of options that will help you navigate your Skype account, but what you’re looking for is the “Skype profile” button. Click on that.

Skype step 2

Step 3:

When the “Skype profile” button is clicked, you’ll see that your profile card has appeared. In your profile card, you will notice a pencil icon near the top on the right-hand side of your current Skype name. Click on this pencil.

skype step 3

Step 4:

Once you’ve clicked on the pencil icon, you will see that your profile picture and Skype name becomes editable. To change your Skype name, simply type in your new name in the text box.

skype step 4

Step 5:

Once you have your new name how you like it, be sure to seal the deal by clicking the “check” mark. This action will save your changes.

skype step 5

Step 6:

Exit out of your profile by hitting the “X” in the top left corner, and you’re done!

How to change your Skype name: Mobile app edition

Changing your name while using the Skype mobile app is nearly the same process as it is on the web app. Instead of finding your profile card in the upper left-hand corner, you’ll simply need to click on your profile picture which is now located at the very top of your phone screen. From there, you can follow steps 2-6 exactly as you did before.

Sype app profile

Change it up!

And there you have it! How to change your Skype name in 6 easy steps. It’s so easy that you’ll remember how to do it on your own for the next time you outgrow your Skype name. Hopefully no more embarrassing names, though.

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Now that you're more comfortable with your display name, it's time to learn how to add people on Skype so you can grow your network!

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