Skype Help

    How do I change my Skype settings?

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    To access your settings in Skype:

    1. Select your profile picture.
    2. Select General settings gear icon Settings
    3. Choose from the following settings to make your changes:

      Note: You can access your Skype settings from any platform or device, but not all settings are available to change on every platform.
      • Account & Profile icon Account & Profile 
        • Control your profile picture visibility.
        • View and manage your account information. 
      • General settings gear icon General 
        • Change your language.
        • Choose your startup and close options. (Not available in Skype for Web or mobile)
        • View available Skype Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts. 
        • Customize your Translation settings by selecting your Spoken language or Translation voice.
      • Appearance magic wand icon Appearance 
        • Choose your color scheme, light or dark modes, and choose from light or dark high contrast accessible modes.
        • Enable compact list mode and show user and conversation icons. (Not available on mobile)
      • Audio & Video mic icon Audio & Video (Desktop only) 
        • Choose your camera and adjust the settings.
        • Choose your background effect.
        • Choose your microphone and adjust the input levels. Choose your speakers and adjust the output levels.
      • Calling icon Calling 
        • Set up caller ID, call forwarding, and voicemail.
        • Turn on Call subtitles and other call settings. 
      • Messaging icon Messaging 
        • Turn read receipts on or off, change how emoticons appear, change your text size, and other IM settings.
        • Control the ability to have images available when you view a message by controlling when to download it - never, using WiFi, or using WiFi and cellular data. 
        • Turn on or off the ability to paste copied messages as quotes, rather than as plain text.
        • Customize file auto-download settings. (Not available in Skype for Web or mobile)
      • Notifications bell icon Notifications 
        • Increase, reduce, or eliminate what events Skype alerts you to.
        • Manage Do Not Disturb functions. 
        • Manage email notifications.
      • Contacts icon Contacts 
        • Sync contacts. (Not available in Skype for Windows or Linux)
        • Manage your blocked contacts.
        • Manage your privacy settings for contacts.
      • Help & Feedback info icon Help & Feedback 
        • Check your current Skype version.
        • Find links to help content and check current Skype Status.
        • Provide feedback and view additional information.

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