How to Block a Contact on Skype

By Shanan Winters

Skype is a powerful tool used by many people for both personal and professional communications. However, connecting on Skype means exposing yourself to contact requests from any other Skype user. You may need to block unwanted users to keep them from contacting you. If a user is abusive, you may want to report him to Skype. Fortunately, Skype provides features so you can protect yourself against unwanted contacts.

Block an Unwanted Contact on Skype for Windows 7

Step 1

Find the user in your Contacts list on Skype. Right-click the contact you want to block and select "Block This Person" from the context menu.

Step 2

Click the "Remove from your Contact list" option to block the contact. You can also report the user for abusive behavior by selecting the "Report abuse" option. Microsoft analyzes reported contacts for violations of their usage policy and removes users who are deemed to be misusing the product. Select your desired options and click the "Block" button.

Step 3

Follow the menu path "Contacts, "Advanced" and "Manage Blocked Contacts" to unblock a contact. Select the blocked contacts you want to unblock and click the "Unblock" button.

Block an Unwanted Contact on Skype for Windows 8

Step 1

Find the user in your contacts list and select the name so to display the user's information on your screen. Right-click anywhere in the Skype window to bring up the context menus. Click the "Block" icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. Select additional options to remove the user from your contact list or to report the the user for spam or abuse.

Step 2

Unblock a contact by opening the contact and right-clicking anywhere in the window. Click the "Unblock" icon in the lower-right corner of the screen.

Step 3

Unblock a user you have removed from your Skype contacts by managing your contacts on Microsoft People. Click the "Manage" menu and select "Restore deleted contacts." Choose the contact you want to restore and click the "Restore" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't be afraid to block or report abusive users on Skype. Blocked users receive no notification that they've been blocked. You appear as being offline in their contact lists. Skype gives you the option to add, ignore or block a contact upon initial request. If you block the user upon request, you can optionally select to report the user to Skype.