How To Close A Skype Account When Someone Dies

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All the information you'll need to cancel a Skype account.

Service: Skype is a voice-over-Internet (VoIP) service that allows users to conduct voice conversations and instant messaging online.

How To Cancel An Account: Skype offers several levels of service—free accounts, paid subscriptions and Skype Premium, the last of which is currently on hiatus.

Subscription Accounts

1. Log in to the account at the Skype web site.

2. On the left side of the page, click the existing subscriptions.

3. Click “Settings” next to the subscription you want to cancel. (If you just have one subscription, you won't see a “Settings” link; just click the subscription.)

4. Click “Cancel subscription.”

5. Information on the subscription you have canceled will be displayed, concluding the process.

Note: You can click “Reactivate” to resume the subscription for 90 days following cancellation.

Free Accounts

1. Log in to the account at the Skype web site.

2. Under “Account Details,” select “Profile.”

3. In the “Personal information” section, click “Edit” at the upper right.

4. Delete all personal information from the profile. You can replace your details in the fields with random characters such as “qwerty” or “xxx” because empty fields cannot be saved.

(This will ensure that other people cannot search for the profile in Skype by using personal information such as name, email or phone number, though they’ll still be able to search by Skype Name).

5. Click “Save.”

Required Information

  • Skype Name
  • Password

Skype official page on closing an account.

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