Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Video Calls How to Delete Your Skype Account Done with Skype? Remove it from your computer via the trash bin By Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated April 08, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Skype The Ultimate Guide to Skype Introduction Skype Basics Internet Speed Required for Skype HD Calls How Much Does It Cost to Use Skype? How to Delete Your Skype Account Guide to Using Skype as Your Home Phone Getting Started How to Change Your Skype Username Setting up a Conference Call With Skype How to Make a Skype Conference Call How to Make HD Video Calls With Skype How to Share a Screen on Skype Tips for Using Skype How to Record Skype Calls Use Skype's Split View Mode in Windows 10 Stop Skype From Starting Automatically How to Blur the Background In Skype How to Find and Use Skype Emoji How to Skype With Alexa Working with Contacts How to Add Contacts on Skype How to Delete Skype Contacts How to Block Someone on Skype How to Unblock Someone on Skype How to Delete a Skype Conversation Skype on Different Platforms Installing Skype on Ubuntu Installing Skype on a Mac Using Skype on an iPad & iPhone Using Skype on a Chromebook Using Skype in a Web Browser How to Use Skype for Android Creating a Skype Account on Windows Troubleshooting & Updating What to Do When Skype Isn't Working Make a Test Call How to Uninstall Skype How to Update Fix Skype Webcam Problems Tweet Share Email Skype is a great communication tool for touching base with a family member, friend, or business associate through text, voice, and video chat. If you want to delete your account because you want to use a different service or you no longer need Skype, deleting your Skype account is a multi-step process that can be tricky depending on your profile details. Your Skype profile is tied to your Microsoft account. If you delete your Skype account, you disable your Microsoft account, and you can't access Windows, Xbox Live, Outlook.com, and other Microsoft services. You can disable the paid aspects of Skype you signed up for to stop paying for a service you don't use. How to Disable Paid Skype Subscriptions Although many of Skype's features are free to use, you can purchase credits or subscriptions to use advanced functionality and services. If you fall into this category and no longer plan to use Skype, take the following steps to ensure you're not billed in the future: Open a web browser and sign in to Skype. On the My Account screen, scroll to the Account details section and, under Billing and payments, select Credit Auto-recharge. If the blue button on the next screen says Enable, this feature isn't active, and you can return to the previous screen. If it says Disable, click it and follow the prompts to turn off the Auto-recharge feature. Check the contents of the left-menu pane to confirm whether or not you have any active Skype subscriptions. If you do, follow the prompts to cancel these subscriptions. As a final and optional precaution, remove any payment methods you have on file. To do so, click Billing information in the left pane. On the next screen, click Payment details. The next section shows the credit cards that are saved to your account. Click Delete to remove these cards. Removing a payment method from this screen deletes it from other places in your Microsoft account. How to Delete Your Account Details From the Skype Database Completely deleting your Skype account also means losing your Microsoft account, access to the Windows operating system, and other applications and services. However, you can remove your account details from the database, making it harder (or impossible in some areas) for others to locate you on Skype. Here's how. Despite taking these actions, you'll never be totally hidden. Users who have previously contacted you can select your name in their Skype application. Still, taking these steps will keep you somewhat off the grid. On the My Account screen of Skype, scroll down, and select Edit Profile. In the Personal Information section, click the Edit Profile button. Delete all of the information you want to remove, both from this section and Contact Details beneath it. You won't be able to remove some information, like your email address. Scroll to the Profile settings section, then remove the checkmark next to Appear in search results and suggestions. Click Save to save your changes. How to Delete a Skype for Business Account Skype for Business accounts work differently from personal accounts. If you have a Skype for Business account you want to delete, reach out to your account administrator. Since these accounts are part of the Office 365 administrator portal, the person or team in charge of Skype in your organization will handle the deletion process.