How to Lock Skype on Windows PC, Mac, Android and iPhone

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Rosa Reyes
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Skype is one of the most established and popular video conferencing and instant messaging apps for work and personal use. Skype stores data and files like your messages and videos and the photos you shared, which is convenient. However, just imagine if someone with access to your phone opened your Skype and saw something sensitive or personal in your chat history. You may want to password protect Skype. This article shows you how to lock Skype on desktop and mobile.

 

How to lock Skype on desktop

Applies to: Windows, Mac

To better protect your privacy, you can sign out of Skye after you finishing using it and sign in to it when you need to use it. You can also lock the Skype app with a password, which is easier. This way, one needs to enter the password to successfully open Skype. To password protect Skype on Windows PC or Mac, you can use Cisdem AppCrypt. Below are the steps.

1. Download and install AppCrypt.

Free Download Windows 11/10/8/7 Free Download macOS 10.12 or later

2. When you open it for the first time, set a password. (It’s recommended to turn on Launch at System Startup.)

a screen asking you to set a password

3. Go to the taskbar to click its icon. Alternatively, right-click the icon and choose Open Main Window.

right-clicking the AppCrypt icon on the taskbar of PC brings up the Open Main Window option

If it’s a Mac, go to the top menu bar, click the lock icon and choose Open Main Window.

clicking the lock icon in the top menu bar of Mac brings up the Open Main Window option

4. Enter the password to access the main window.

a screen asking for password to access AppCrypt main window

5. Drag the desktop shortcut to Skype into the main window. Alternatively, you can click the plus icon to add Skype to lock.

Skype is added

If it’s a Mac, click the plus icon, select Skype and then click Open. Alternatively, you can use drag and drop.

If there isn’t a shortcut to Skype on your desktop, you can go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop. From there, drag Skype.exe into the main window of AppCrypt.

Now Skype is locked.

If someone tries to open the Skype app on your computer, Skype won’t open, and a screen will appear asking for the password.

Skype is locked

If the person enters the wrong password, Skype will remain locked, and AppCrypt will record this failed attempt.

record of a failed attempt

To unlock Skype, just enter the correct password when prompted.

Removing the lock also requires the password. Just go to the main window, select Skype by clicking it, and press the Delete key.

By default, once you unlock Skype, it will remain unlocked and accessible until you close it. If you want more security, you can go to Preferences to turn on the auto lock feature and set the amount of time. Once turned on, the feature will automatically relock Skype after it’s inactive for a while.

Preferences window

 

How to lock Skype app on iPhone

Here’s the good news. If your iPhone is one of the models that are compatible with iOS 16, you can easily lock individual apps on your iPhone. First make sure that your iPhone is running iOS 16.4 or later.

1. Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.

2. Tap Automation at the bottom of the screen.

3. Tap Create Personal Automation.

4. You will be presented with a list of triggers. Scroll down and choose App.

5. The App trigger has two options: Is Opened and Is Closed. Select Is Opened.

the New Automation screen shows two options of the App trigger

6. Tap Choose and choose Skype by tapping it. Tap Done.

7. Tap Next.

8. Tap Add Action.

the Add Action button

9. Type “lock” in the search field and tap the Lock Screen action that appears.

10. Tap Next.

11. Turn off Ask Before Running and confirm by tapping Don’t Ask in the message that appears.

12. Tap Done.

Now, if you tap the Skype icon on the Home Screen, Skype won’t open, and the Lock Screen will appear.

The advantage of this method is that it’s built in to iOS. But you can’t use the method to lock Shortcut itself. If someone with access to your iPhone is iPhone savvy, he or she may go to Shortcuts to delete the shortcut you created. If so, the lock will be removed from Skype.

 

How to password protect Skype on Android

If your Android phone comes with an app lock feature, just use it. If not, you can use certain third-party apps. An app called AppLock is one of them. It’s provided by SpSoft.

1. Download and install AppLock.

2. The first time you open it, create a 4-digit master PIN.

3. Go to the App Lock tab.

4. There, tap the plus icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.

the App Lock tab shows a plus icon in the corner

5. Scroll down to find Skype. Enable it.

6. Allow the permission AppLock needs to lock Skype.

When you open Skype, you will be prompted to use your fingerprint to successfully open it.

You can find Skype listed under the App Lock tab. There, you can click the FAKE icon on the right hand side. This way, when someone tries to open Skype, a “Skype has stopped” message will appear, which can make the person believe the Skype app is broken.

 

Can you lock Skype chat?

Instead of locking Skype app, you may only want to lock certain chats. But is this possible?

So far there isn’t a way to lock chats in Skype. But Skype does have a private conversation feature, with the following main benefits.

  • End-to-end encryption
  • Hidden in your chats list
  • Chat history only accessible on one device

Below is how to have a private conversation.

1. In Skype, click New Chat.

2. Choose New Private Conversation.

clicking New Chat brings up the New Private Conversation option

3. Select the contact that you’d like to have the conversation with. This will send an invitation to the contact.

4. Wait for the contact to accept the invitation.

 

Conclusion

Like many other video conferencing or instant messaging apps, Skype takes users’ privacy seriously and provides various privacy features and settings. In addition, you can add an extra layer of security. This article shows you how to lock Skype on desktop and mobile. I hope it can help you have a better, securer Skype experience.

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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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  • Bishop

    I use Skype to contact with my clients when working, it stores many important information of my clients. So i want to block the Skype app when i am leaving my Mac for a while.

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