Communication applications have taken over on desktop phones in the past decade. They are cheaper, faster and more convenient. Skype has surpassed its reputation with individuals, families and businessmen. But, there are many other applications too. If you have already used Skype on your Mac but have decided to switch to another application, you will probably want to remove Skype. Here we will show you how to uninstall Skype from Mac.
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Before we get into the details, let us tell you that if you were using Skype and want to uninstall it permanently, it would be best to delete Microsoft credentials for Skype. This would delete all data on Skype, without leaving an online cache.
To proceed to the uninstall process, in the menu bar, click the Skype icon and choose Exit Skype from the context menu. Then move to the Applications folder and find Skype by there. Once located, drag it to the trash. The first step in uninstalling is complete.
Then open the Finder and access the folder by pressing Shift + Command + G. In this process, the libraries, cached files and executable strings are deleted. In Go to folder, locate the library, then open Technical Support. In the application support you will find Skype Helper. Drag it to the trash too.
The next thing to do is to locate Microsoft in the Application Support folder. In the Microsoft folder, you will find Skype for Desktop. Repeat the same process, move it to the trash. Uninstalling Skype for Desktop will also delete Skype call logs and history. If you want to keep this, you can skip this process.
Then it's time for the host files. Go back to the Library folder and open the Preferences folder. Here you will find some host links for Skype, which would be com.skype.skype.helper.plist and com.skype.skype.plist. Move these files to the trash. This will disconnect the Skype connection from your Mac.
At this point, Skype is completely removed from Mac. If you can't delete the retail version of Skype, you can find out more.
Uninstalling Skype Business
The enterprise version of Skype is indeed an advantage for small and medium-sized businesses. Ms. Gloves could use this as an alternative source of communication. If your organization has migrated to a different application, such as Slack, you may want to move Skype from desktops.
All steps would remain the same as for standard Skype, which involves removing it from applications and deleting its library and preferences files.
The additional step includes deleting the files added for the commercial version. Move to go to the folder and open the library. Locate the Containers folder and delete com.microsoft.skypeforbusiness. Return to the library, then open the state of the saved application. From this folder, delete com.microsoft.skypeforbusiness.savedstate. In addition, another preferences file must be moved to the trash. This is com.microsofty.skypeforbusiness.plist.
The commercial version of Skype also includes plug-ins that improve the level of communication for businesses. They should also be deleted. In the Library folder, open the Internet plug-ins and search for MeetingJoinPlugin.plugin. By moving them to the trash, you will delete the Skype plug-ins.
And after this last step, Skype would be completely removed from your desktop computer.