How to Unblock Someone on Skype

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Skype lets you block a contact to prevent that person from calling you, sending you instant messages, and checking your online status. This feature offers a great way to get rid of spammers or other annoyances on the platform. Blocking is fast and easy—but so is unblocking.

This guide applies to Skype version 8.55.0.141 and later.

How to Unblock Someone on Skype for PC, Mac, and Web

Follow the steps below to unblock a Skype contact. Once you unblock that person, they will likely see any missed messages or call logs that were sent while the block was in place.

  1. Select the More icon (the three dots) next to your name, then select Settings.

    A screenshot of Skype with the More options and Settings buttons highlighted
  2. Select Contacts.

    A screenshot of Skype settings with the Contacts heading highlighted
  3. Select Blocked Contacts.

    A screenshot of Skype's Contacts settings with the Blocked contacts heading highighted
  4. Find the person you want to unblock, then select the Unblock button.

    A screenshot of Skype's Blocked Contacts screen with the Unblock button highlighted

How to Unblock Someone on Skype for Android and iOS

The methods for unblocking a contact on Android and iOS are nearly identical to the method for PC and Mac.

  1. Tap your profile picture at the top of the Chats screen.

    A screenshot of Skype for iPad with the Account name highlighted
  2. Select Settings.

    A screenshot of Skype for iPad with the Settings icon highlighted
  3. Tap Contacts.

    A screenshot of Skype for iPad's Settings screen with the Contacts heading highlighted
  4. Choose Blocked Contacts.

  5. Find the contact you want to unblock and tap the Unblock button to the right.

    A screenshot of Skype for iPad's Blocked Contacts screen with the Unblock button highlighted

How to Unblock a Contact on Older Versions of Skype

Older versions of Skype for Android and iOS may not hide blocked contacts. Instead, these apps display a red Stop icon next to the name. To unblock these people, long-press their names, access their profile, and tap Unblock contact.

Similarly, older versions of Skype on Android or iOS may not hide a blocked contact if their number is saved in the phone's app contacts. These contacts have On Skype as Name/Username listed underneath their entries in the Skype contact list.