How To Change Your Skype Display Name: A Step-by-Step Guide

By: on November 17, 2021

Every Skype user has two usernames: a display name and a username. You can’t change your Skype username after the initial sign-up process, but you can change your display name at any time, unless you have a meeting in progress. Changing your Skype display name helps ensure meeting participants know how to address you during a call.

In this step-by-step guide, we explain:

How to change your Skype name on a desktop

To change your Skype display name from a computer or laptop, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Skype application on your computer/laptop.
  2. On the homepage, click the three horizontal dots at the top of the left panel.
  3. Click the three horizontal dots on the left panel

    Click the three horizontal dots on the left panel (All images are pulled from personal Skype account)

  4. From the drop-down menu, select “Settings.”
  5. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu

    Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu

  6. Under the “Account & Profile” tab, scroll down to the “Manage” section and click “Your profile.”
  7. Under the “Manage” section, click “Your profile”

    Under the “Manage” section, click “Your profile”

  8. On clicking “Your profile,” a new tab will open in your default web browser. Click the “Edit profile” button on the top right side of the page.
  9. Click the “Edit profile” button

    Click the “Edit profile” button

  10. Next, a “Personal information” page will open. In the “Name” field, type your new Skype display name.
  11. Type your new display name in the “Name” text field

    Type your new display name in the “Name” text field

  12. Click the “Save” button at the top right corner of the page to complete the name-changing process.
  13. Click the “Save” button to save your new display name

    Click the “Save” button to save your new display name

How to change your Skype name on a mobile device

There are two different ways to change your Skype display name on an iOS or Android device. First, from your Skype profile page, and next from your Account & Profile page. We explain both the ways in the next sections.

Change your display name from the “Skype Profile” page

Follow these steps to change your display name by navigating to your “Skype Profile” page on an iOS or Android device:

  1. Open the Skype app on your mobile device.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap your profile icon, which will appear either as your circle-shaped profile picture or as a gray circle with your first and last initials (if you haven’t set a profile picture).
  3. Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen

    Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen

  4. In the next pop-up page, scroll to the “Manage” section and tap “Skype profile.”
  5. Under the “Manage” section, click “Skype profile”

    Under the “Manage” section, click “Skype profile”

  6. To edit your profile information, tap the pencil icon (at the top right corner of the screen) next to your existing display name.
  7. Click the pencil icon at the upper right corner of the screen

    Click the pencil icon at the top right corner of the screen

  8. Enter your new Skype display name in the text entry field next to “Skype Name.”
  9. In the text entry field next to “Skype Name,” type your new display name

    In the text entry field next to “Skype Name,” type your new display name

  10. Click the grey check mark next to your new display name to save it. You’ve successfully changed your display name.
  11. Tap the grey check mark next to your new display name

    Tap the grey check mark next to your new display name

Change your display name from the “Account & Profile” page

Follow these steps to change Skype name by navigating to your “Account & Profile” page on an iOS or Android device:

  1. Open the Skype app on your mobile device, and tap your profile icon.
  2. Under the “Manage” section, select “Settings.”
  3. Click “Settings” under the “Manage” section

    Click “Settings” under the “Manage” section

  4. From the options on the “Settings” page, click “Account & Profile.”
  5. From the “Settings” menu, click “Account & Profile”

    From the “Settings” menu, click “Account & Profile”

  6. In the next pop-up window, type your new display name in the text field under “Name.”
  7. Type your new display name in the text field under “Name”

    Type your new display name in the text field under “Name”

  8. Tap the blue “Save changes” button at the bottom of the screen to save your new display name.
  9. Tap the “Save changes” button at the bottom of the screen

    Tap the “Save changes” button at the bottom of the screen

Troubleshooting: Forgot your Skype username?

Having trouble signing into your Skype account because you can’t remember your login information? Follow these steps to recover your username:

  1. Navigate to the Skype sign-in page on a desktop browser.
  2. Select “Sign-in options.”
  3. On the Skype sign-in page, click “Sign-in options”

    On the Skype sign-in page, click “Sign-in options”

  4. Click “Forgot my username.”
  5. Click the “Forgot my username” option

    Click the “Forgot my username” option

  6. Enter either your phone number or the backup email address associated with your Microsoft account, and then click the blue “Next” button.
  7. Enter your alternative email or phone number associated with your Skype account

    Enter your alternative email or the phone number associated with your Skype account

  8. In the “Code” text field, enter the security code sent to your email or phone, and click the “Next” button.
  9. Enter your security code in the “Code” text field

    Enter your security code in the “Code” text field

  10. On the next page, Skype will display all the accounts associated with the email ID or phone number you’ve provided. Locate the username for the account you would like to access, then select “Sign in” to sign into that account.
  11. Locate the username associated with your Skype account and click “Sign in”

    Locate the username associated with your Skype account and click “Sign in”

If you want to recover your password, fill out your personal information in the account recovery form. Your password will be sent to the email address you provide in the pop-up window.

Next steps

With Skype, anyone can create an account and begin video conferencing with other Skype members. Video conferencing software such as Skype can help your business maintain effective communication with employees, both remote and onsite.

Video conferencing solutions also allow your organization to connect with talent, no matter their location. Check out this article to learn how you can improve your remote employee experience with video conferencing software.

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