Do you want to get your Skype account closed permanently? Microsoft made it easier than what you think. Well, there is a hidden trick as none of the online provider will advertise their account deletion option directly. This means deleting your Skype account involves numerous steps i.e. you will have to remove the payment mode, cancel subscriptions you made followed by unlinking the Skype account from your Microsoft account and a lot more. Confused? Worry not! This article covers all the steps that you need to follow for successfully closing your Skype account in the right way.
Closing Your Skype Account In The Proper Method
Well there is no magic button which you can use for closing your Skype account in on go. For closing the same, you will have to get in touch with Microsoft as explained by the company itself. Contacting Skype also is one of the steps you can adhere to. Here are three steps which you need to take into concern prior to heading with deleting your Skype account.
>Unlike the Microsoft account from the Skype Account you own
>Cancel any subscription that is active and ask for a refund
>If you own a Skype Number, cancel it
>Remove all recurring payments by simply disabling Auto-Renew option
>Update mood message
>Set the account status to Invisible or Offline
>Sign out from your Skype account from all the devices
>Also don’t forget to remove all personal identifiable details linked to the account
In case if you have Skype Credit, then make sure to use that before deleting your account as once the account is deleted, you will not be able to receive them back.
Microsoft Account vs. Skype Account
In case you opened the Skype account via the Microsoft account, then closing the former will get the Microsoft account linked deleted. And maybe this is not what you are looking for since the Microsoft account, as for many is the key to the Outlook.com account as well as other service like OneDrive, Xbox Live and so. Thus people signing up their Skype account with the Microsoft account will have to first get the accounts unlinked so as to enjoy uninterrupted service with their Microsoft account once the Skype account is deleted.
Steps To Delete The Skype Account
If you are the one who didn’t sign up for the Skype account using the Microsoft account, then you can directly move to step 5. On the contrary, begin from the Step 1.
Step 1- Sign in to the Skype account you own from your PC or Laptop at Skype.com
Step 2- Head to the account setting and scroll down. Click on the option ‘Account Settings’ in the settings option.
Step 3- Next, go to the Microsoft account and right click on the Unlink Option. (In case you find the option appearing ‘Not Linked’ instead of Unlinked, it means the Skype Account is not linked to the Microsoft account. Hence you can easily head for step 5.)
Step 4- As the confirmation message appears, right click on ‘Continue’ for confirming the action. Now your Microsoft account is unlinked from the Skype Account.
In case you want to later create another Skype account and link the same to the Microsoft account but unable to do so, then get in touch with Skype Support to sort out the issue.
Step 5- Now you have to proceed with cancelling any recurring payment or Skype subscription that you have. For cancelling the subscription, look for the blue box on the web page’s left hand corner and click on the subscription you want to cancel.
Step 6- Click on the option ‘cancel subscription’ for continuing.
Step 7- Now proceed clicking on the option with the phrase meaning you still want to proceed with cancelling the subscription.
Now, this is a good time for requesting refund for your Skype subscription you left unused. You can complete this process by engaged in a live chat session with the support staffs of Skype or by simply filling out the Refund form or the online cancellation form.
Step 8- In case you have purchased any Skype Number using which people can call you, make sure to get it cancelled prior to the account closure. Click the option ‘Skype Number’ in Manage Features box and proceed with clicking on the Settings. Finally click on ‘Cancel Skype Number to complete the process.
As per the website interface, the Skype Number you subscribed for will stay active till its expiry date. Once it gets expired, it will be reserved by Microsoft for the next 90 days. But beyond that, someone else will enjoy access to the same. And you will have to create a new account with a new number to continue accessing Skype with Microsoft.
If you want to renew your Skype Number within this 90 days time span, then click on the Skype Number heading to the Manage Features box. Type your Skype number followed by reactivating the settings beside the number you wish to reactivate. Do remember that you are not eligible for requesting refund for cancellation of Skype Number.
Step 9- In you adhere to the use of recurring payments for getting the Skype account automatically credited when it runs out of balance, then at the time of account closure remember to disable the automatic recharge feature. For this make way to the account details option and click on Billing & Payment option. Then click on the Disable option appearing under Auto Recharge section just next to the Status.
Step 10- Now as you are done with cancelling the Skype Subscription followed by getting the recurring payments removed; get in touch with Skype’s Customer service to inform them about your desire to close the account.
Result You Will End Up With When Closing Your Skype Account
Deleting the Skype account will remove all data hitched to the account permanently along with the Skype contacts, chat history and purchases. According to Microsoft, it can even take 30 days to get your name disappeared from Skype’s directory post account closure. While after this time span no one can find access to you in Skype but they will still find their name in their contact list till they remove the same.