How to change your Skype name

Updated June 05, 2017

Skype is a commonly used internet-based program that allows you to call other Skype users over the internet, anywhere in the world, for free. You can also call land lines and cell phones for a modest fee. Installing and setting up Skype is a fairly easy process; you then only need a microphone and speakers or a headset to begin using Skype. Whenever you are connected to the internet, either through Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable, you can call any other online user in your contact list. It is possible to change the real name listed in Skype, but the only way to change your Skype username is to create a new account.

Log in to your account with your Skype ID and password.

Go to "Profile" listed under Skype tab. Click on "Edit Profile." Change your real name.

Log out of your existing Skype account and click on "Don't have a Skype name?" Since you cannot change the Skype name once you create an account, you need to create a new Skype account.

Register yourself with Skype using your real name, new Skype name and e-mail ID.

Log in to your Skype account.

Click the “Skype” tab and select “Profile” and then “Edit Profile” from the toolbar at the top.

Edit or change your name in the “Full name” box.

Select "Update."

Log out and log back in to Skype.


When you first create your Skype account, you will be asked for both your username and your real name. Either of these names can be used to find your account, and your username will be what is displayed in your friends' contact lists. You should try to make your Skype name unique so that your friends can easily find it.


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