Skype is undoubtedly one of the most popular video-calling and chats app that is compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS platform. It is used by numerous people for business purpose as well. Unfortunately, this implies that creating an account with it is no longer easy as far as the username is concerned.
When you try to create an account, most of the user names have been taken up. Sometimes, you go over the top with all kind of security advice and select out a fancy Skype user name or a name with random numbers. This flashy username is acceptable under normal circumstances but becomes embarrassing in business and other personal circumstances and even lead to a personal loss which could be financial, opportunity-wise, impression-wise, etc.
However, you are not completely out of luck. While your account user name cannot be changed; you can change your display name which solves the problem. You would no longer need to delete the account and start all over again. Thus, keep reading.
Understanding Skype Display Name and Skype Live ID
Foremost, let us be clear about Skype display name and Skype user ID. They are two different things. You can change your display name but not your User ID. The User ID is the name with which you created your account with Skype. You cannot change that unless you delete the account and make a fresh one with the same email address.
However, the display name is the name with which you would like your profile to be known. It is the name that will appear in the search list of anyone who is trying to find you. You can change this name as many times as you want.
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Editing the Skype Display Name on Windows and Mac
To edit the display name, you need to first launch the skype and then sign in, to your account using your email or phone number and password. Next, click on your display name or profile image icon. Both are placed together at the left top corner of the screen. It will open a window on which you need to tap on the ‘Skype profile’ icon.
This would open a new window where you will find your name right at the center top of the page below your photo. There would be a pencil icon on the right of your name. Clicking on this icon will make your name editable. You would be able to delete your old name and type in a new display name. To finish, you can click on Enter/Return or simply click the checkmark on the right-hand side of the text bar.
Editing the Display Name on the Skype Website
To change the display name on the website; you first go to https://www.skype.com/ in website and then log in to your account. There you will find your name on the top right corner of the page. Click on it to open a drop-down menu. You need to click on the ‘My Account’ option which will take you to a new page. There would be a blue column on the left side of the page. Scroll down the column and click on ‘edit profile.’
Once you arrive at your profile page, there would again be a button on the upper-right side, ‘Edit Profile.’ Click on it. It will take you to a fresh page. There would be two rows there, of First Name and Last Name respectively. You can put any display name that you fancy. Finally click on the green-colored ‘Save’ tab at the bottom of the page to save all the changes. Reopen the Skype to see the new display name.
Change the Username Name on Mobile [ Skype App ]
One the mobile, you click on the Skype app and sign-in to your account if you aren’t already. At the top of the page, you would see your Skype profile image. Tap on it. You would see your display name below the image on the new page. There would be a pencil tab on the right side of your display name. Tap on it and edit your display name as desired. Finally, tap on Done. The changed display name would appear once you refresh the page.
As evident, changing the display name is pretty easy. However, what you need to note down is that all these methods only work if you have opened your Skype account after Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011. The method would not work for older accounts.
We hope that you can now change the display name on Skype with ease. Chime in below for any comments, suggestions or sharing in your feedback.