How to Change Your Skype Username

Sometimes, you just need a change

Skype
You can use Skype on the web, or install the desktop app. S3studio/Getty Images

It's a surprisingly common experience: you sign up for Skype with a clever username, only to regret your stroke of genius the moment you're invited to use the app for a job interview. This guide explains how to change your Skype name on all Skype platforms, including Skype for Windows and Mac, Skype on the web, the Skype mobile app, and Skype for Business.

What's My Skype Username? What's My Skype Display Name?

Inalterable Skype IDs
The underlined is an example of a Skype username/ID that can't be changed or removed.

Your Skype display name is different from your Skype username. You're allowed to 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/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 have a non-email-based username that can't be changed at all; unless you create a new account altogether, which means losing your existing contacts.

How to Change Your Skype Display Name on Windows and Mac

Changing display name via Skype desktop app
You can change your Skype display name simply by opening the app and selecting your name.

For those using Skype on their Windows PC or Mac, here's how to change your Skype name:

  1. Launch the Skype app.
  2. Click your Skype profile image or display name, both of which are in the top-left corner of the screen.
  3. Click your Skype display name.
  4. Type a new name.
  5. Press Enter/Return, or click the checkmark on the right-hand side of the text box.

Alternatively, PC/Mac users can also change their Skype display name on the Skype website:

  1. Open your web browser and go to Skype.com.
  2. Click your name in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, click My Account.
  4. Click Edit profile, located on the bottom left and the bottom-right of the screen.
  5. Click Edit profile again.
  6. Change your name, then click Save

Note: The Skype website forces you to enter a last name as well. As such, if you want to change your Skype display name to a single word, you're better off following the first set of instructions, using the desktop app instead of the website. Otherwise, those who want to enter only a first name must use a workaround, such as entering a special character (e.g. "!") as the last name.

How to Change Your Skype Display Name on Mobile

Changing Skype name on smartphones
The process for changing your display name on the Skype mobile app is virtually identical to changing it on Windows and Mac.

Change your Skype name on smartphones is fairly straightforward:

  1. Launch the Skype app
  2. Tap your Skype profile image at the top of the page
  3. Tap your Skype display name (or the Edit icon next to the display name)
  4. Type a new name
  5. Tap Done, or click the checkmark icon on the right-hand side of the name

Note: It's worth underlining once again this process changes only your Skype display name; not your Skype username/Skype ID. While changing your Skype display name alters what other users see when they first connect with you, they can still change how they see your display name once it's added to their contacts.

How to Change Your Skype Username

Changing Skype email address
You can change your Skype email address by going to your Account page on the Skype website.

As mentioned in this guide's introduction, it's possible to change your Skype username/ID by changing the email address associated with your Skype account. However, this may not be practical if you have only one email address, or if you fear that changing your Skype email address will make it harder for people to find you on Skype.

  1. Go to Skype.com.
  2. Click your name in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, click My Account.
  4. Scroll down to Contact details and click Edit profile.
  5. Type in an alternative address in the Email address box.
  6. Click Save, near the top-right corner of the page.
  7. Click OK to confirm the change.

Note: This method doesn't work for Skype usernames created before Microsoft acquired Skype and started linking Microsoft and Skype accounts together. However, these usernames don't have to be displayed, meaning they're not necessarily an issue.

How to Change Your Name with Skype for Business

Skype for Business
Skype for Business users can't change their usernames or display names.

With Skype for Business, users are typically unable to change their usernames or display names themselves, since they're 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 (or your boss).