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How do I manage my privacy settings in Skype for Windows desktop?
Skype’s privacy settings let you control who can contact you on Skype, and help you manage your conversation history. You can change your privacy settings to prevent nuisance calls or spam messages, as well as block and report any nuisance contacts.
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To control who can contact you on Skype
When you first download Skype, by default only the people in your contact list can see your profile picture, or share their screen or video with you, but anyone who searches for you can call you or send you an IM. You can change these settings at any time.
To change your privacy settings:
In Skype, from the menu bar, click Skype > Privacy....
The Privacy Settings panel is displayed.
Control who is allowed to make Skype-to-Skype calls to you.
Under Privacy settings, choose Allow anyone to contact me or Only allow people in my Contact list to contact me.
Click Show advanced options on the right to display more options to manage your privacy settings.
Control who is allowed to send you video and share their screen with you.
Under Automatically receive video and screen sharing from, choose anyone, people in my Contact list only, or no one.
Control who can send you instant messages.
Under Allow IMs from, choose anyone or people in my Contact list only.
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Learn more about who can see your profile information.
To manage your conversation history
You can choose how long to keep your conversation history on your device, or delete it altogether.
To change your history settings:
In Skype, from the menu bar, click Skype > Privacy…> Show advanced options.
Below Keep history for, click on the drop-down list and select the amount of time you’d like your history to be saved for.
Choose from forever, 3 months, 1 month, 2 weeks or no history.
Important: If you delete your conversation history, you cannot recover it.
To block a contact
You can easily block a contact to prevent them from calling you, sending you instant messages and seeing your status. To do so:
In Skype, on the Contacts tab, right-click on the contact you want to block and select Block This Person…
Check Remove from your Contact list.
To report a nuisance contact to Skype, check Report abuse.
Click Block. The contact is removed from your contact list and won’t be able to contact you again.
To unblock a contact
It’s easy to unblock a contact so they can call you, send you instant messages and see your status:
In Skype, from the menu bar click Skype > Privacy…
Click Blocked contacts.
In the Blocked people box, click the contact you want to unblock and click Unblock this person.
The contact is added back to your contact list and can contact you.
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