Create a custom Skype username

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  1. Sometimes you just have to change
  2. What is my Skype username? What is my Skype display name?
  3. How to Change Skype Display Name on Windows and Mac
  4. How to change your display name in Skype on mobile
  5. How to change your Skype username on the web
  6. How to change your name with Skype for Business

Sometimes you just have to change

It’s a surprisingly common experience: you sign up for Skype with a smart username, but regret your genius the moment you were invited to use the app for an 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 is my Skype username? What is my Skype display name?

Your Skype display name is different from your Skype username. You can change your display name at any time and this is 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 the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft in 2011, and the requirement to register a Microsoft account with Skype. Therefore, you can only change your Skype username/ID by changing the associated email address and your Microsoft account.

In cases where you signed up for a Skype account before purchasing Microsoft Skype, you most likely have a username that is not email-based and cannot be changed at all; unless you create a new account from scratch, meaning you will lose your existing contacts.

How to Change Skype Display Name on Windows and Mac

For those who use Skype on their Windows PC or Mac, here’s how to change the Skype name:

  1. Start the Skype application.

  2. Click on you skype profile picture or Display name located in the top left corner of the screen.

  3. Click Skype profile .

  4. Click on icon change pencil , and enter a new name.

  5. Click Enter/Return or check the box to the right of the text field.

How to change your display name in Skype on mobile

Changing the Skype name on smartphones is quite easy:

  1. Start the Skype application.

  2. Click on your Skype profile picture at the top of the page.

  3. Click on you Skype Display Name (or icon Change next to the display name).

  4. Enter a new name.

  5. Click Finished or click the icon Finch right of the title.

It’s worth repeating that this process only changes your Skype display name; not your Skype username/Skype ID. While changing your Skype display name changes what other users see when they first connect to you, they can still change how they see your display name when it’s added to their contacts.

How to change your Skype username on the web

You can change your Skype for Web username in the same way.

  1. Sign in to Skype.com.

  2. Click on your name in the top right corner of the screen.

  3. In the drop-down menu, click My bill .

  4. Scroll down to Contact details and press Edit profile .

  5. Click Edit profile and enter your new username.

  6. Click Save in the top right corner of the page.

  7. Click Okay to confirm the change.

This method will not work for Skype usernames created before Microsoft acquired Skype and started linking Microsoft and Skype accounts. However, these usernames should not be displayed, which means they are not necessarily a problem.

How to change your name with Skype for Business

In Skype for Business, users generally cannot change their usernames or display names themselves, because their accounts are created for them by their employer, who assigns them an email address (usually a business email address) and a name. If you ever want to change your Skype for Business ID, you’ll need to contact the appropriate member of your IT department (or your manager).

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