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. (Not available in Skype for Web or mobile)
        • Customize your Translation settings by selecting your Spoken language or Translation voice.
      • Privacy icon Privacy
        • Turn Share location with Bing on or off. (Not available in Skype for Web)
        • Turn Translation permissions on or off.
        • Turn Only allow Skype calls from contacts to ring on this device on or off.
        • Select Privacy and Cookies to view the Microsoft Privacy Statement.
      • Appearance magic wand icon Appearance 
        • Choose your color scheme, light, dark, or system setting modes, and choose from light or dark high contrast accessible modes.
        • Show the profile picture of who sent the last message in your group chat icon with last message author avatar on group chat.
        • Enable compact list mode and show user and conversation icons.
          Note: Enabling compact list mode will disable last message author avatar on group chat.
      • Audio & Video mic icon Audio & Video (Desktop and Web only) 
        • Choose your camera and adjust the settings.
        • Choose your background effect.
        • Choose your microphone and adjust the input levels.
        • Adjust your Noise cancellation settings.
        • 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, Web, 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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