Remove Skype Bloat
By Deleting Your Chat History
Whether you just want to remove a lot of chat you had in the past, or want to speed up how Skype loads, deleting your (entire) Skype history can have many uses!
It’s not a feature you will use often, but it’s certainly worth knowing you can!
This does not remove the messages from the receiver having them in THEIR chat log, but does remove them from gumming up your computer!
By default Skype’s history is very usefully set to stick around “forever”… but that can make a lot of difference if Skype starts running poorly.
It of course doesn’t fix all potential Skype issues but I found it helpful, and easy, in my case!
First, go into the Skype Tools menu and in the dropdown, select “Options…”
Now, in the Options menu, select the “Privacy Settings” option on the left…
Now, on the right, you will see an option to select the duration the history is kept… and… clear history!
If your Skype account has a lot of history, clicking “clear history” may make it appear to crash. Just let it do its thing, usually it will come out. If it doesn’t eventually, restart it and try again. It took me 3 or 4 tries to get multiple years of very chatty Skype groups to go away!
There is a downside though…
The things that are only kept on your PC rather than in your Skype profile…. get removed.
*) This includes any custom Skype Lists (not Groups, just Lists) that you have made wind up empty.
*) Any custom “rename” you have done on profiles or groups also get wiped away.
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to put your friends or groups back into Lists but that’s something you need to be aware of…
Also, if you sign into the same account from multiple computers/devices, you may find the history sync brings the history back. Only log one system in at a time, and delete it’s history and you’ll be fine!
Taking another approach… What about removing only a portion of the conversation you had with someone?
While you can always delete (replace with “message removed”) a recently posted message.. once the message has existed in the Skype server for a while… it’s not deletable.
Lets say you received or sent some obnoxious or flirty messages to someone on Skype that you’d rather other users of your computer never stumble across.
You Are All Set!
I’m totally glad I did this. After having used Skype with a lot of groups for several years Skype was taking forever to load and running poorly. This was progressive over time and not a new version bug.
It also means that Skype loads better on my mobile devices (or as well as Skype can).
Want to learn more cool Skype tips, just check out these other tips on my blog!
~ Kim ~
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