How to Uninstall Skype

If you don’t use Skype anymore, get rid of it!

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Skype is convenient for communicating in certain situations. But, if you’ve found other calling or messaging tools, or find Skype is taking up too much space on your device, you may want to remove it. Below are instructions for removing several versions of Skype from a variety of devices.

Note: If you use Skype Online, there are no local files on your computer to be removed.

How to Uninstall Skype on Windows 10

If you have Skype installed on your Windows PC and want to uninstall it, follow the instructions below.

Note: These instructions will also work for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.

windows programs and features dialog box
Open the Programs and Features dialog box to uninstall Skype.
  1. If you’re currently using Skype, exit it. Select the X in the upper-right corner to do so.
  2. On your keyboard, press Windows+R.
    1. Note: The Windows key has the Windows logo on it and is usually in the lower-left part of the keyboard.
  3. When the Run dialog box comes up, type "appwiz.cpl"
  4. Select OK.
  5. In the Programs and Features dialog box, find Skype on the list. Right-click it, then select Remove or Uninstall.  
  6. Next, press Windows+R on your keyboard. When the Run dialog box comes up, type "%appdata%"
  7. Select OK.
  8. Right-click the Skype folder and select Delete.

Now you’ll delete Skype entries from the registry.

Warning: Serious problems can result from altering the registry incorrectly, so follow instructions carefully, and consider backing up the registry beforehand.

windows registry editor
Use the Registry Editor to delete Skype entries from the registry.
  1. Press Windows+R on your keyboard. When the Run dialog box comes up, type "regedit."
  2. Select OK.
  3. In the Registry Editor, select Edit > Find.
  4. In the text box, type “Skype," then select Find Next.
  5. For each item, right-click and delete.

How to Uninstall Skype on Mac

If you use Skype on a Mac and need to remove it, here’s how:

  1. If you’re currently using Skype, exit it.
  2. Open the Applications folder, find Skype, and drag it into the trash.
  3. Next, open ~/Library/Application Support, find the Skype folder and drag it into the trash. Note: To find your Home folder (represented by ~), open Finder and go to Go > Home.
  4. Open ~/Library/Preferences and drag com.skype.skype.plist to the trash.
  5. Open Finder and use the search feature to search for Skype. Drag all results into the trash.
  6. Finally, click Ctrl+[trash icon], and select Empty Trash.

How to Uninstall Skype from a Mobile Device

If you want to uninstall Skype from a mobile device, here’s how:

To remove Skype from an Android device, go into your Settings and navigate to Apps. Scroll to Skype, tap it, and then tap Uninstall.

To remove Skype from iOS, long-tap the Skype icon until it shakes. Tap X and then Delete.

Tip: If you later change your mind and want to reinstall Skype, it's easy enough to download and start using it again.

How to Uninstall Skype for Business from Windows

Use the following process to uninstall Skype for Business if you use Office for Business, Office 365 Admin, Office 365 Small Business, or Office 365 Small Business Admin.

First, you need to stop Skype for Business from starting automatically:

  1. Open Skype for Business and select the gear (Tools) icon.
  2. From the menu select Tools > Options
  3. In the Options dialog box, select Personal.
  4. Uncheck Automatically start the app when I log on to Windows and Start the app in the foreground. Select OK.
  5. Select File > Exit.

Now you can remove standalone versions of Skype for Business from your computer:

Note: Office 365 Skype for Business cannot be uninstalled without uninstalling the entire Office suite.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Select Programs > Programs and Features > Uninstall or change a program.
  3. Select Skype for Business > Uninstall.
    1. Note: If you don’t see this option, it’s likely you’re using a version of Skype for Business that’s integrated with Office and can’t be uninstalled independently.
  4. When asked if you’re ready to uninstall, select Uninstall.
  5. Wait for the uninstallation to complete, then select Close.

How to Uninstall Skype for Business from Mac

Use these steps if you want to remove the Skype for Business icon from your Dock:

  1. Sign out of Skype for Business by clicking Skype for Business > Sign Out.
  2. Next, close the Skype for Business on Mac sign-in page.
  3. On your keyboard, simultaneously press the Ctrl key and click the Skype for Business icon.
  4. Select Quit.
  5. Open Finder > Applications and select Skype for Business. Drag and drop it into the Trash

If these steps don't work, you may need to do a clean uninstall.

How to Uninstall the Skype for Business Web App

If you use the Skype for Business Web App to join calls with companies that use Skype for Business and want to remove it, here's how to do so on a Windows or Mac machine.

windows programs and features dialog box
In Windows, use the Programs and Features dialog box to uninstall Skype Online.

On Windows

  1. Open the appropriate control panel window:
    1. In Windows 10, select the Windows icon on the taskbar, type control panel, then select Control Panel from the list.
    2. In Windows 8, navigate to the Apps screen. Swipe or scroll right. Under Windows System, select Control Panel.
    3. In Windows 7, click Start and choose Control Panel from the list.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program or Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Scroll down and select Skype, then select Uninstall, Remove, or Change/Remove.
  4. If needed, follow additional prompts to uninstall the plugin.
  5. You may see a progress bar, which will show how far along in the process you are.

On Mac

  1. Open Finder and select Go to Folder.
  2. Type /Library/Internet Plug-Ins.
  3. When the folder opens, find the Skype plug-in and drag it into the trash.