How to Change Your Name in Skype

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How to Change Your Name in Skype

Two Methods:On the Skype WebsiteOn MobileCommunity Q&A

This wikiHow teaches you how to change your Skype display name, which is the name people see when you appear in their contacts. You can change your Skype display name on the Skype website and on the mobile version of Skype, but you cannot change your Skype display name in the Skype program for Windows and Mac computers. You also can’t change your Skype username without creating a new account.


On the Skype Website

  1. 1
    Open the Skype website. Go to in your browser. If you’re already signed into Skype, you’ll see your username in the top-right corner of the page.

    • If you aren’t already signed in, click Sign in in the top-right corner and enter your email address and password.
  2. 2
    Click your name. It’s in the top-right corner of the page. Doing so prompts a drop-down menu.

    • If you had to sign into Skype, skip this step and the next step.
  3. 3
    Click My account. This option is near the top of the drop-down menu.
  4. 4
    Scroll down and click Edit profile. It’s in the blue column that’s on the left side of the page. This will open your profile page.
  5. 5
    Click Edit profile. This button is in the upper-right side of the Profile page.
  6. 6
    Edit your name. Type a new first and/or last name into the appropriately labeled text field(s) near the top of the “Personal information” area.
  7. 7
    Click Save. It’s a green button in the top-right corner of the page. Doing so will save your name and apply it to your Skype account; the next time you open Skype while connected to the Internet, you should see your new name.


On Mobile

  1. 1
    Open Skype. Tap the Skype app icon, which resembles a white “S” on a blue background. This will open the main Skype page if you’re logged in.

    • If you aren’t logged into your Skype profile, enter your email address (or username, or phone number) and password before proceeding.
  2. 2
    Tap your profile image. It’s a circular image at the top of the screen. Doing so opens your profile menu.
  3. 3
    Tap the “Edit”

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    icon next to your name. You should see this pencil-shaped icon near the top of the screen.

    • On Android, you’ll need to first press the gear icon
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  4. 4
    Change your name. Using the on-screen keyboard, modify your name as needed.
  5. 5

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    . It’s to the right of your name. This will save your changes and apply them to your Skype display name on all platforms, including desktop.

Community Q&A


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  • Will I be able to use the same email account I had if I delete my account?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Yes. When you delete an account, you also make Skype ‘forget’ that email address, so you are able to create a new account with that email.
  • If I change my Skype display name, will all my contacts be updated?
    wikiHow Contributor
    They will not receive an update via message or email, but they will be able to see that your Skype display name is different.
  • How do I change my account name
    Chris Muniu
    Your Skype account name is the same as your display name, so just change it using the Instructions for changing your Skype display name in this article.
  • How do I make my name a single word? Method 1 doesn’t work and method 2 requires a first name and last name.
    wikiHow Contributor
    What some do for the last name field is to just put a little symbol, like an emoji or special character.
  • If I made my Skype account with a mobile number, how do I change your Skype name?
    wikiHow Contributor
    An edit box appears. Type the name you want to use and select the tick button or press Enter. Your display name will be updated. Remember, your friends might change the way your name is displayed in their contact lists, so the display name you choose for yourself isn’t necessarily the one they see for you, anyway.
  • Is it possible for other people to use the same username as a scam?
    wikiHow Contributor
  • How do I change it on an iPad?
    wikiHow Contributor
    You will need to go to the Skype website. See method 2 for more information.
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    • You can rename contacts on desktop by clicking their profile image and then entering a new name for them.


    • If your contacts have changed your name in their address books, your name change won’t affect the name that they see for you.

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