Bring back USERNAMES
Allow us to change Skype username!
Kennedy Riot commented
I could understand having a time lock but not having the option altogether is more than unfortunate. Forcing Trans folks to use LiveIDs from several years ago or delete our entire accounts is bad customer service. Guess we'll be sticking to Discord.
Jennifer Squibb commented
Forcing people to keep their deadnames visible publicly is rotten. I hope that this wasn't ignored in favor of pushing people into Teams since Skype accounts would remain for a long time even with that action.
I'm surprised to find out that this once was being "worked on", but now the tag is gone.
Microsoft should seriously reconsider their priorities by giving more options to their users.
A good solution would be to do it like this users forum post:
Alex Taylor commented
It is dangerous for some people (e.g., transgender) to have their real name included in their Skype Name. Please, allow us to have our Skype Names changed to a RANDOM string of letters and numbers instead. You have already been do this to the more recent account creators.
Why not simply hide it if we can not change it?
Microsoft hates all of us
i am transgender and changed everything on my microsoft account xbox, outlook, ...... On skype i only can change the alias but everyone who look at my skype profile can see my deadname and outing me.
Can't delete skype only the whole microsoft account.
please microsoft you have to add this function
I am trans, my skype name has my deadname. Out of 50 different internet accounts I could change it everywhere, but Skype is the most frustrating one ever, and it is even binded to my microsoft account I use for everything, so I can't delete it. I don't want people to see my deadname. please, please, please add this function.... :(
please enable this function!
I agree, nobody would use the Microsoft Skype ID to get in contact with someone, its too long and random. It would be nice if one could change the ID, even if just once. The issue with the User Name (not ID name) is that, when someone searches me for my name there are several users with the same one, so they can not identify which one is me. Soooo I|m only left with the option of giving them my email address, thats not cool either.
My issue is, unfortunately my business user ID got hacked, and now I'm using another one, but ID is weird to share with business people. Since I got contacts in it already I do not want to use another account too. So my hope lies in the development team. Please pleaaase have us, have that option. Instead you can force people to have 18 digit passwords or something as security. Or let them hide the ID from the search if they want to, they can activate it when they got someone to add them.
Kyle Kaiser commented
Has there been any communication back from the Skype team on this? I have an old username that is inappropriate and would prefer to change it to something more professional even if it is just the new user generated username.
my skype name has "_1" at the end now. you added that. I cannot access my old old skype name even my thoud my email, phone number is correct. you messed up very bad. I won't use it anymore I won't let my customers representatives all around the world use it. we switch to whatsapp and zoom as many other people. totally useless now.
Milad Rahimi commented
It's really ridiculous! If it's database id so don't use it in end-user level, if it's a username and searchable so let us change it to what we like.
Maria Gibbons-Lee commented
Microsoft should allow users to change and or even hide their usernames. Why are they even needed anymore?
For individuals who don’t want to delete their full Microsoft account, they have to use a different Skype account, so yet another login & no continuity.
As it stands, if someone you don’t want contacting you knows your username, they can keep contacting you from different accounts. You can change your name, your email but not Skype username. It’s like whack a mole, if you have a persistent stalker on your heels.
For basic personal security, the current status quo ought to be remedied.
There used to be tag "Working on it" since December 2018 which disappeared. What's the status or go-to idea for searching/identifying skype users?
You should allow modifying of skype name. Or if you take it as primary ID in database which cannot be changed, then you should clearly declare that Skype name is unique ID for technical purposes and is not intended for searching/identifiying of skype users anymore, hide it for users in interface and clearly declare that idea for searching/identifying skype users for future is using of "display name" or email or phone number associated with skype name.
Rafael Louzada commented
It is an absurd that I cannot change my skype username that I select in the early 2000's. I cannot even unlink my Skype account to create a new one. Even using an alias, my skype username is still shown to all my contacts. I tried to contact Microsoft support but I got absolutely zero solutions. I never expected Microsoft to be so unprofessional like that.
wat? administrators removed their messages saying they were working on it
well, i think they gave up
we request an option to change our username
Frog Autistic commented
Why is this taking so long?
Either allow users to change their Skype name, delete it & reconnect a different account - or why not allow people to hide them, just simple not show them?
This is an issue - for example a friend who doesn’t want to delete her Microsoft account due having XBox, 365 connected - yet can still be connected to by an abusive ex. Surely this is a privacy & personal security thing.
OMG! Since 2018 Microsoft is working on it?? Software giant! hehe