How to Remove an Avatar in Skype

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While Skype is typically used for video chatting and calling, you can also use Skype as an instant messaging service. When you appear in a friend's contact list, an avatar, or a picture that you've chosen, will appear beside your name. The same is true when you message a friend: your chosen photo will appear as your avatar in an instant messaging session. If you want to get rid of your avatar, it's a simple process that involves setting your avatar back to the default Skype icon.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Initiate Skype and sign in with your username and password.

  2. 2

    Click "Tools" when Skype has loaded. Then select "Options."

  3. 3

    Click "General Settings" on the left hand panel. At the bottom of the window, click "Change your picture."

  4. 4

    Allow the various pictures to load. To remove your current avatar in favour of the default photo, click "Default picture." You can also choose a new avatar photo by clicking "Browse" to select one from the computers saved on your hard drive or "Take video snapshot" to use your webcam to take a new picture.

  5. 5

    Click "Apply."

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