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To access your settings in Skype:

  1. Select your profile picture .

  2. Select General settings gear button 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 button Account and Profile

      • Control your profile picture visibility.

      • View and manage your account information.

    • General settings gear button 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 button 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.

      • Enable or disable Optional diagnostic data .

      • Select Privacy and Cookies to view the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

    • Appearance magic wand button 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 with last message author avatar on group chat.

      • Enable compact list mode and show user and conversation avatars.

        Note : Enabling compact list mode will disable last message author avatar on group chat.

      • Enable split view mode.

    • Audio & Video mic button Audio and 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.

      • Make a test call.

    • Calls tab button Calling

      • Set up caller ID, call forwarding, and voicemail.

      • Turn on Call subtitles and other call settings.

      • Reduce data usage - Never, On cellular networks, Always. (Mobile only)

      • Access advanced calling settings. (Desktop only)

    • Messaging button Messaging

      • Turn read receipts on or off, change how emoticons appear, change your text size, and other IM settings.

      • Turn web link previews on or off.

      • Turn on or off the ability to paste copied messages as quotes, rather than as plain text.

      • Customize file auto-download settings.

    • Notifications bell button Notifications

      • Increase, reduce, or eliminate what events Skype alerts you to.

      • Manage Do Not Disturb functions.

      • Manage email notifications.

    • Contacts button 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 button Help and 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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