Skype was the go-to app for video calls a few years ago. With the entry of new applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Zoom and Microsoft Teams, Skype got lost in the gala. But if you’ve recently downloaded the app again, you must be confused about a new feature that has popped up – Skype live ID. What is Skype Live ID? How to use it? Find all the answers in this article.
To be fair with Skype, it’s still one of the best apps for video chatting with your friends on any platform. But to find your friends, you need their username or username. And discover that in the updated Skype application can confuse users. Mainly because it contains confusing terms like Skype name, Live ID or name.
Learn the difference between them and what Skype ID or Skype live ID means in this article.
1. What is Skype Live ID
If you used Skype earlier, you will remember that each Skype account had a unique user name created by the user. Things have changed now. Microsoft will automatically assign the user name to you. And that username is called Skype ID or Skype live ID.
However, that’s not what Skype calls it. If you look in the Skype settings, it’s called the name Skype moniker. People call it Skype ID or Skype live ID because it is used to add contacts on Skype and also, because of the text “live” before the unique username. It is usually in the form of live: xxxxxx, where xxxxxx is their pseudonym or unique username.
2. Skype Name vs Skype ID vs Name
To be honest, things are confusing in Skype. What Skype calls the Skype name should actually have been called Skype ID or Skype username. Indeed, Skype has a separate parameter called Name.
The Skype name is unique and does the job of a username or ID. On the contrary, Name is simply the display name that will appear at the top of the chat. You can customize it.
3. Why does my Skype name have random numbers
You can create a Skype account with your email or phone number. Your Skype ID depends on it. Thus, for accounts created with an email identifier, your identifier will generally be online:firstpartofemail + some numbers and random characters.
Similarly, for accounts based on a phone number, the ID will be live:randomalphanumericcharacters. If your Skype name only contains numbers and characters, it’s because your Skype account was created with your phone number.
4. How to create or create a Skype Live ID
As mentioned earlier, you cannot create a Skype ID or Skype name. It is generated automatically when you create your Skype account using the email id or phone number. However, you can customize your display name.
5. How to change the Skype live ID
Unfortunately, you cannot personalize your Skype Live ID. Whatever unique ID Microsoft offers for your account, you have to live with it.
6. If you include Live in the Skype name when sharing
No. You don’t need to add the word live before your username when you want to search for it or when you want to find someone. Use the username after the word live. However, you can also keep it.
7. If you share Skype’s name with others
Yes, if you want people to find and add you on Skype, you must share your Skype name (not the display name). Otherwise, if you don’t like it, you can share your email ID or phone number that was used to create the Skype account.
8. Can the Skype name be used for connection
No. The Skype name or live ID cannot be used as the login ID. Use only your email address or phone number to sign in to Skype.
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9. How to find and share Skype live ID
Here are the steps for PC and mobile.
Find Skype Live ID on the desktop
Step 1: Launch the Skype desktop app.
2nd step: Click the three-dot icon at the top of the Recent Conversations screen. Select Settings.
Step 3: You will find your Skype name under the Account and Profile tab. Click on it. You will have the option to copy it. Paste it wherever you want. For example, you can share it on WhatsApp, send it by email, etc.
Pro tip: Type the command / dumpmsnp in any Skype chat and press the Enter key. Your Skype name and other details will be displayed to you. The other person will not see anything.
Find Skype Live ID on mobile apps
Here’s how to find your Skype ID on Android and iOS.
Step 1: Open the Skype mobile app on your phone.
2nd step: Tap your profile photo at the top. Tap Skype Profile.
Step 3: You will see your Skype name. Copy it and share it with your friends.
Point: Tap the edit icon next to your name at the top to customize your display name.
10. How to find another person’s Skype name
To do this on PC, open their chat and click on their display name at the top.
Then scroll down in the window that appears and you will find the name Skype. You can also right-click their discussion thread in the list of recent discussions. Choose View Profile.
Also on mobile, tap their name at the top of their chat. Then scroll down and you will see the name of Skype.
A unique story
In a nutshell, Skype Name, Skype live ID, Skype ID and Skype username are different monikers for the same thing. We hope that Skype will add the ability to change the Skype name in the future, as we may not like the Skype name assigned to them.
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Last updated on April 15, 2020