How to erase messages on skype

Author:Alice | TIME:November 15,2017


Skype lets you pick between text, voice or even video to communicate. When using the text option, your message history is saved to the client forever, by default. This means that every single message you've sent to someone is being stored on your computer -- until you take action to delete it.


Matthew de Beer says he often sees questions from users who want to know how to delete individual messages, entire chats or even the contents of Skype Home. He provides instructions on how to do all those things in a new post.


It’s easy to remove a single message, including one you haven’t yet sent. “We’ve all been there, you send someone a question and just as you hit enter you figure out the answer for yourself,” he writes. “To save your friend from having to tell you what you already know, you can remove that one message before they see it.”


To remove a message, right click it with your mouse, or press and hold on a touch screen, then select Remove Message. “It’s worth noting that you can only remove messages for a limited period of time after they’re sent,” he writes.

 

If your computer is only accessed by you, then the message history may not be an issue. However, if you are sharing a computer, or you're just worried that private data could fall into the wrong hands, then check out these quick steps to delete all of your history and set a deletion schedule for future messages.

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Step 1: Open the main Skype window, then click on Tools in the menu bar and select Options.

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Step 2: Click on IM & SMS in left-hand menu. In the area that loads, click Show Advanced Settings near the bottom right-hand corner.

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Step 3: Next to the "Keep history for" line, there is a button to Clear History, click this.

Since you're in this menu, it might also be a good idea to change the amount of time that history is saved from the drop-down menu.


Now all of your message history will be cleared, and you have future messages taken care of, as well.


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