How to delete your Skype account

You have to chat with a Skype representative to get the account deleted. You can’t access the chat support unless you are signed into the account (thus no direct link).
URLS:
http://www.skype.com

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25 thoughts on “How to delete your Skype account”

  1. I chatted with Skype support and asked them to delete my account. After verifying some information, they closed my account. I got a confirmation email from Skype saying that my account’s email address was changed to delete@skype.net So maybe that’s all it takes to delete a Skype account: set the email address to that value and wait for 2 weeks!

    • I’m a software developer, so trust me when I say there is absolute no technical reason why Microsoft can’t delete Skype accounts permanently. The issue is one of data mining. They want your data and they want it forever. It’s that simple. They can change the current account information to anything they want but they still have complete historical records of everything you’ve done on Skype.

      Welcome to the age of SaaS.

    • I don’t know about the “delete@skype.net” address and wait but… I chatted with Skype support and after verifying some info, they also closed my account (well that’s what they told me – clearly stated).

      As Nathan Alden said, they’ll keep some traces somewhere for sure. We shouldn’t be naive on that subject.

  2. I was able to delete my Skype account today, but it was painful. The tech support person wanted a bunch of information that is not available in my account on their web site. I had already uninstalled Skype from my computer, and they refused to delete the account until I answered the following questions:

    1. What country did I use when I created the account?
    2. When did I create the account?
    3. What email address did I use when I created the account?
    4. List 3 Skype user names from my Skype contact list.

    They told me this was to verify my identity and protect my personal details.

    I had to reinstall Skype in order to get enough information to delete my account. In order to chat with tech support, I was already logged in using the same credentials that I used to reinstall Skype, so I’m not sure what personal details they were protecting. I suppose many people just give up and don’t delete their account, which is probably what Microsoft wants.

  3. I had Skype delete my account only later to find out from friends that the account was not online still online, but changing online status and even at one point, refriended someone that deleted the account. What’s freakier is despite all my chats with Skype (in which they claimed they had no clue what was going on but it’d be passed along), my account could still be found in the directory and if you friend requested it … it automatically accepted.
    Maybe this was a one time glitch, but it’s something that gave me long term trouble. Make sure your account is actually deleted. 5 months later and they’ve yet to fix the problem.

  4. I had Skype delete my account only later to find out from friends that the account was not only still online, but changing online status and even at one point, refriended someone that deleted the account. What’s freakier is despite all my chats with Skype (in which they claimed they had no clue what was going on but it’d be passed along), my account could still be found in the directory and if you friend requested it … it automatically accepted.
    Maybe this was a one time glitch, but it’s something that gave me long term trouble. Make sure your account is actually deleted. 5 months later and they’ve yet to fix the problem.

  5. I’m a software developer, so trust me when I say there is absolute no technical reason why Microsoft can’t delete Skype accounts permanently. The issue is one of data mining. They want your data and they want it forever. It’s that simple. They can change the current account information to anything they want but they still have complete historical records of everything you’ve done on Skype.

    Welcome to the age of SaaS

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