Skype users can sign in to their Skype accounts using their Skype names, the email addresses associated with their Skype accounts or the phone numbers associated with their Skype accounts (and, obviously their Skype accounts’ passwords). Your Skype name is the username you signed up for Skype when you first created your Skype account. Your Skype name is what is commonly referred to as a “Skype ID”. As of this writing, there exist two different kinds of Skype accounts – Skype accounts that were created with a specific Skype ID, and Skype accounts created using Microsoft accounts (which, as a result, do not have Skype IDs at all).
If you sign up for Skype using your Microsoft account (the account you use for all of your Microsoft products – Windows, Xbox, Microsoft Office, what have you) you don’t have to go through the trouble of creating a username for your Skype account. Instead, the email address for your Microsoft account becomes your Skype username and that’s what you use to sign in to your Skype account, although you can also use the phone number associated with your Microsoft account and, by extension, your Skype account. For Skype users who created their accounts using their Microsoft accounts, their account IDs are the same as their Live IDs, but these IDs don’t show up anywhere on Skype and the email addresses for their Microsoft accounts are considered their Skype usernames instead.
Skype users who do have Skype usernames (Skype IDs), however, often forget what their usernames even are in the first place and wonder how they can find their usernames. Thankfully, though, even though Skype has gone through some major changes in recent years, finding your Skype ID while signed in to Skype not only remains possible still but is also pretty easy. Whether you’re using Skype for Windows 10 or whatever version of Skype for Windows desktop, all you need to do in order to find your Skype ID (if your account has one in the first place) is:
- Launch Skype.
- Click on your Profile Picture in the top left corner of the window.
- Scroll down your Skype Profile until you see your Skype Name. The Skype Name you see in your Skype Profile is what your Skype ID is.
Skype users who created their accounts using their Microsoft accounts won’t see their Skype Names here as they don’t have any. Instead, these users will see the email addresses for their respective Microsoft accounts.
If you are not already logged in to Skype, however, fear not – you can still find your Skype ID, you’re just going have to jump through a couple of extra hoops to do so. The following are the two methods you can use to find your Skype ID if you are not already logged in to Skype:
Method 1: Ask a friend
If you’re not signed in to Skype on any platform, you can simply ask any of your Skype contacts to check what your Skype ID is. All a Skype contact of yours has to do in order to find your Skype ID for you is:
- Locate your conversation and right-click on it.
- Click on View profile.
- Scroll down your Skype Profile until they see your Skype Name, note it down and get it to you.
Method 2: Create a new Skype account and find the Skype ID for your original account
If asking one of your Skype contacts to find your Skype ID is absolutely out of the question, you can still find your Skype ID on your own. To do so, however, you are going to have to create an entirely new Skype account and sign in to Skype with it. Next:
- Type the name (display name, not Skype name) of the Skype account you want to find the Skype ID of into the Search Skype field.
- Navigate to the People tab of the search results.
- Locate the Skype account you want to find the Skype ID of within the search results, right-click on it and click on View profile.
- Scroll down the Skype Profile until you see its Skype Name – that’s the Skype ID of your original Skype account.