How to Block Chats From People You Don't Know on Skype

How to Block Chats From People You Don't Know on Skype. One of the great features of Skype is the ability to control who can and cannot contact you. With just a few easy steps you can decline a chat or telephone call from a stranger.

Decline Chats From Strangers

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Open Skype by clicking Start, Programs then Skype (for WIndows users), or click Applications, then Skype (for Mac users).

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Log into your Skype account by entering your user name and password in the correct data field and clicking Sign In.

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Use Skype as normal.

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When someone tries to contact you via chat or telephone a pop-up menu will appear.

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Click "Decline" if you do not want to chat with them.

Block a Skype User

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View your Contacts tab, found at the far left in the center section of your Skype window.

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Find the contact you wish to block. Your contacts should be sorted alphabetically by default. If they aren't, click View from the horizontal menu, then click Sort Contacts by Name.

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Right click on the contact you would like to block.

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Click "Block this User" from the menu that appears.

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Choose whether you'd like to remove this person from your Contacts list or not by checking or unchecking that option box. If you retain the user on your Contacts list their name will be labeled with a crossed-out circle to indicate they are blocked.

Prevent Strangers From Contacting You

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Click View from the horizontal menu along the top of the Skype application window. Make sure View Statusbar is checked. If it isn't, click it now.

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Find your status bar, located along the bottom of your Skype window.

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Click the downward facing arrow to view your options.

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Remove yourself from Skype Me mode if you would like to prevent non-contacts from contacting you (either by calling or chatting).

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Choosing "Away" or "Not Available" allows others to send chat requests or calls to you. The contact attempts will be held in a queue until you change your status.

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Choose "Do Not Disturb" to send an instant reply to anyone that attempts to contact you that you do not want to be disturbed at that time.