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Change your Skype name: How to rename yourself on Skype

Hans-Christian Dirscherl

Would you like to use Skype under a different name? No problem: you can change the display name in Skype at any time in just a few steps. That's how it's done.

EnlargeChange Skype name (display name): Here's how.
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You can change the name you appear by in Skype at any time. For example, if you chose an “unusual / overly funny” username when creating your Skype account, which you are now embarrassed about. Or because you got married and your name changed.

EnlargeChange Skype name (display name): Here's how.

How to change your display name in Skype in the desktop application

Start Skype on your PC. Click with the left mouse button on your user name in the top left corner and then in the menu that opens on the left under the section “MANAGE” on the entry “” Skype profile ”. In the window that then opens, click on the pencil symbol to the right of the name in the top center below your profile picture in order to be able to edit the name directly. Now enter the new display name (this is not identical to the Skype name). Finished. The change takes effect immediately. From now on you will see your Skype contacts under the new name.

EnlargeHere you can change the display name in the desktop application.

The new display name will only be displayed for your contacts if they have not entered their own name for you manually. This makes sense, for example, if you have chosen a rather bizarre display name under which your friends cannot recognize you.

Note: If you want to change one of the other entries such as place or birthday, then click on these entries. Your profile page will then open in the browser.

EnlargeAnd here you enter the new display name in the desktop application.

Tip 1: A new Skype name has no effect on signing up for Skype. You can log in again at any time as usual with your Outlook.de/Hotmail address.

Tip 2: By the way, you cannot change your actual Skype name. It is made up of "live:" and your email address up to the "@". The Skype name is therefore part of the login for Skype. If you want to completely change your identity, you have to create a new Skype account or a new Outlook.de account (hotmail).

Change the Skype display name in the browser

Instead of using the desktop app for Windows 10, you can also change your display name in the browser at skype.com. After logging in, click on the three dots "..." at the top left of the menu, then select "Settings" and then "Account & Profile". Then on "Your Profile" and in the window that opens on "Edit Profile". Then enter the new name (meaning the display name). You cannot change the Skype name here either.

Change the Skype display name in the smartphone app

In the Skype app, change your display name as follows: Tap your profile picture in the top center of the screen. On the page that opens, tap on “Skype Profile” in the middle of the screen and then tap the pencil symbol again to the right of the display name. Finished.

EnlargeHere you change the Skype display name in the smartphone app (here using the iOS version as an example).

Regardless of whether you change your display name in the desktop app, in the browser or in the Skype smartphone app, the change is immediately applied to all clients throughout the system.

A reader pointed out the following: If you invite someone to Skype and use the link provided by Skype, Skype always uses the unchangeable Skype name and not the display name.