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As said earlier, Skype doesn’t have a quick delete button and, don’t worry, it is not unusual. These days, almost every service provider is replacing the “delete” or “remove” buttons with a brief form or a list of checkboxes so users don’t accidentally erase their accounts. Moreover, services now take a few weeks or more to process the users’ account deletion request in the hope that within the processing period the user might have a change of mind.
Regardless, Skype has the same procedure, where a user need to tick some boxes agreeing that they are removing their account on their own consent. The VoIP provider then asks for a 30 or 60 days period to process the request and, finally, delete the account.
However, before you go erasing your account and profile, it is imperative that you unlink the email id that you have been using for Skype. If you forget or ignore to that, you would regret losing access to all the other services that are linked to the same, Skype email id.
So, before presenting you the deletion guide, let’s first take a look at how you can unlink the account.
Note: if the Skype name says either live: “your email address” or outlook: “your email address,” unlinking would result in loss of Skype contacts that you might have on other Microsoft properties.
Follow the steps below to delete your Skype account from desktop:
Step 1: Launch the Skype application on your desktop
Step 2: Click your Skype Name, at top left corner
Step 3: When a pop up appears, scroll down and click Settings
Step 4: On the right-side panel, scroll down and click Close your account
Step 5: Verify your id and password to proceed
Step 6: On the Ready to Close window, read through to understand what you would lose when the account is deleted. Click, Next
Step 7: Checkrelevant boxes
Step 8: Select reason for account deletion
Step 9: Click Mark account for closure to proceed
Once a request for deletion is submitted, Skype would take some time to process the request and then delete the account, along with all the contacts and other Skype data.
Note: Make sure that you take care of your Skype credits and other balances before removing the account.
The account deletion process on mobile devices is pretty much the same. Let’s take a look:
If you are deleting your Skype Id or account because of the privacy concerns, you need not to stop there. Privacy threats won’t vanish just because you have erased a profile. There are various other ways that cybercriminals can use to threaten your online privacy and security.
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