Skype is a great tool to connect with potential employers and build a professional online image. Of course, the business etiquette imposes certain rules. You need to have a professional-looking email address and Skype Display Name to inspire trust and professionalism.
However, many Skype users didn’t have this detail in mind when they created their Skype accounts. As a result, many used various nicknames which then became their official Skype username and ID. That’s not a problem as long as you use your Skype account to connect with family and friends.
But if you’re planning to use Skype as a means to get a job, you need to use a professional-looking Skype user name and ID. As a quick reminder, Skype now allows employers to test the coding skills of candidates in real-time.
Due to Skype‘s increasing influence in the job market, many users are wondering what are the steps to follow to change their Skype account name and Skype ID.
How do I change my Skype account name as my current Skype name is not professional to be giving to recruiters and colleagues.
Changing your Skype account name/ Skype ID
Unfortunately, we have bad news for you: Skype account usernames can’t be changed. Microsoft explains that:
Legacy (old) Skype account “names” or “nick-names” could not be changed prior to being transitioned to Microsoft accounts in September 2016, and neither can they be changed now. The only way to change how you are found on Skype is to create a new Microsoft account and a new e-mail address as part of the new account set-up process.
The solution to having a professional-looking Skype username and ID is to simply create a new one. Indeed, by creating a new user, you’ll lose all your contacts.
To wrap it up, once a Skype Name is registered, it can never be changed. What you can do is change your Skype display name.
We hope that this article cleared out the confusion around Skype usernames and IDs.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in September 2017 and was revamped and updated in September 2019 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.