How to Block Someone on Skype

Stop others from bothering you

Skype on a desktop
Skype on a desktop.

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Skype is a great way for people to communicate, but users may decide they want to limit communications with others. For this, Skype has a block option.

When users block a person on Skype, the other person will likely not realize they've been blocked because users will always appear offline to them. Until they're unblocked, chat messages and calls will go unanswered.

Read on to learn how to block someone on Skype.

How to Block Someone on Skype for Windows and Mac

If the person is on your list of recent contacts:

  1. Highlight the person's name in recent contacts.
  2. Press Ctrl and tap your trackpad or right-click to show a drop-down menu.
  3. Select Block contact. This will bring up a pop-up to confirm the action.
  4. Select Block.
  5. Users can also select Report abuse from this person if they need to.
  6. The person’s name will be removed from the recent contacts list upon blocking.
Block a Skype contact on Windows desktop
Block a Skype contact on Windows desktop.

If the person is not in your list of recent contacts:

  1. Select Contacts and search for the person within your list of contacts.
  2. Highlight the person’s name.
  3. Press the Ctrl key and tap your trackpad or right-click to show a drop-down menu.
  4. Select view profile to show a pop-up of the person's profile.
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the profile.
  6. Select Block contact. Again, this will show a pop-up to confirm the action.
  7. The person’s name will be removed from the contacts list upon blocking.

How to Block Someone on Skype for Web

While the interface for Skype for Web may look a little different from its desktop counterparts, the process for blocking a contact is nearly identical.

Blocking a Skype contact on web
Blocking a Skype contact on web.
  1. Access the Contacts booklet icon at the left side of the screen.
  2. Scroll to search for the contact you wish to block.
  3. Highlight the name of the person you wish to unblock.
  4. Press Ctrl and tap your trackpad or right-click to display a drop-down menu.
  5. Select Block contact. This will reveal a pop-up to confirm the action.
  6. The person's name will have a red stop icon next to it upon blocking.

How to Block Someone on Skype for Android and iOS

If the person is on your list of recent contacts:

  1. Long press the person's name in recent contacts. This will reveal a pop-up menu.
  2. Select Block [name]. A pop-up will appear, asking you to confirm the action.
  3. Select Block.
  4. Users can also select Report abuse from this person if they need to.
  5. The person’s name will be removed from the recent contacts list upon blocking.
Blocked contact visible on Skype for Android
Blocked contact visible on Skype for Android.

If the person is not in your list of recent contacts:

  1. Select contacts in the bottom-left corner of the screen to bring up contacts.
  2. Search for the person within your list of contacts
  3. Long press the person’s name to display a pop-up menu.
  4. Select view profile. This will reveal a popup of the person's profile.
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the profile.
  6. Select Block contact. This will reveal another pop-up, asking to confirm the action.
  7. The person’s name will be removed from the contacts list upon blocking.

How to Block Someone on Skype for Business

To block someone in Skype for Business, you must have them as a contact in outlook.

If the person is not a saved contact:

  1. Go to Outlook, select New Items in the upper-left corner, then Contacts.
  2. This will bring up a contact form to fill out. Enter the phone number you wish to block, a name for the contact, and an email address.
  3. The email address can be a dummy email, such as scam@likely.com, but is required to show up later in Skype.
  4. Select Save and close the contact window.
Skype for Business and Outlook
Skype for Business and Outlook.

Once you have the contact saved to Outlook, you can block a contact by doing the following:

  1. Open Skype.
  2. Select contacts in Skype and search for the contact name in the search bar.
  3. Highlight the contact and press the Ctrl key, then tap your trackpad or right-click to display a drop-down menu.
  4. Highlight Change Privacy Relationship.
  5. Select Blocked Contacts. This will reveal a pop-up asking you to confirm the action.
  6. The person's name will have a red stop icon next to it upon blocking.