Skype: Clear Chat History

If your computer is used by multiple users in the house, you should routinely clean out
Skype’s record of your conversations. We all want to avoid the embarrassment of others finding our private discussions. We will walk-through clearing the chat logs for both the desktop and metro versions of Skype.

Please note that there are two versions of Skype–the desktop version and the metro version. Clearing the history in one version will not clear the history in the other.

Metro version:

1. Launch the Skype app from the Start screen. If the app is not pinned to the Start screen, it can be found in the All Apps list or using the Search function.

skype metro

2. While you are in the app, press Win key + I to bring up the Settings panel. From the list, choose Options.

skype option

3. Find the Clear all conversation history option and hit clear history.

clear skype history

4. When the prompt window shows up, click clear history again to confirm the action.

skype delete confirmation

5. Exit the Settings panel. All of your conversation history will then be cleared. This cannot be undone.

Desktop version:

1. Launch Skype and log in to your account.

2. Go to Tools -> Options.

skype tool options

3. In the Options window, go to Privacy -> Privacy settings.

skype privacy option

4. By default, the setting page will be displayed in the basic mode. Click Show advanced options to show all settings.

skype advanced settings

5. In the expanded options list, find the Keep history for option and hit Clear history.

skype clear history

6. Confirm the deletion. Please note that this action cannot be undone, so be careful.

skype confirmation


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  • Larry

    Thanks for sharing a pretty nice visualization.
    I’ve just spotted a tool like DeleteSkypeHistory that takes the recorded history completely off your PC. Plus it’s able to delete conversation for individual contact.
    Found it useful.

  • Navneet

    The metro interface option only clears conversation logs and not the contents of the messages. I would ideally love to have all of them wiped out as I have no desire to keep old messages.

  • Noah

    Hello guys,
    Thanks for such a good visualization.
    As far as I know, Skype doesn’t actually delete messages when it stops showing them after using “Clear History” option. That’s true when signing onto Skype on multiple devices. This happens due to syncronization.
    There’s a program “Delete Skype History Standard Edition” that can remove specific or all history forever