How to Clean Uninstall Skype for Business from MacBook, Mac [2020 Updated]

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Skype is one of the greatest communication applications, widely available and accessible on macOS, iPadOS, iOS, Windows, and Android phones. It comes with the most commonly used features such as Chat, Video Calls, and Voice Calls irrespective of devices. So far, we were used to relying on Skype to make Video Calls across the globe, but nowadays there are dozens of Skype Alternatives available, the one we use is FaceTime on iPhone or maybe WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp and FaceTime may have taken over Skype for personal use, but when it comes to business purposes, no one can compete with Skype for Business. Microsoft has especially designed the Skype for Business, for large organizations to handle and communicate with clients and obviously in their own department. For whatever reason, if you don’t need Skype for Business then here’s the quick walkthrough on how to uninstall Skype for Business on Mac and MacBook. I Strongly recommend to Enable 2 Factor Authentication for Skype from unauthorized access.

How to Clean Uninstall Skype for Business in 3 Steps

Step 1: Sign Out Your Skype Account and Close App, Uninstall Skype

The tutorial to uninstall Skype for Business from Mac and MacBook is divided into two parts, if you only want to delete Skype for Business app from Mac, then following the first part would be enough. The second part shows how to clean uninstall Skype for Business from MacBook and Mac.

  1. Launch the Skype for Business on your Mac.
  2. Now on the top menu bar, click on Skype for Business.
  3. Click on Sign Out.

    Sign out your Skype account on Mac
    Sign out your Skype account on Mac
  4. The Sign In window will appear, now you can close the Skype for Business.
  5. To remove Skype for Business from the MacBook Dock, right-click on the icon and select Quit.

    Quit Skype on MacBook Mac
    Quit Skype on MacBook Mac
  6. Finally, its type to drag the Skype for Business app to the Trash to do so, open Finder.

    Open Finder on MacBook Mac
    Open Finder on MacBook Mac
  7. Click Go on the menu bar.
  8. Select Applications.

    Open Applications Folder on Your MacBook Mac
    Open Applications Folder on Your MacBook Mac
  9. Find the Skype app under the Applications folder.

    Move Skype App from Finder Applications folder to Trash on MacBook Mac
    Move the Skype App from Finder Applications folder to Trash on MacBook Mac
  10. Locate Skype for Business and drag it to the Trash.
  11. Now, Skype is successfully uninstalled from your Mac. Now you have to remove some cache and Restore file that is used in Future skype installation and Password as well.

This was the basic steps to delete Skype for Business, so if you are not working for an enterprise or the Skype for Business is stored in your personal Mac, MacBook, you might not want to run few commands to completely delete Skype for Business from Mac, as it needs expertise and sort of grip on how to use Terminal, otherwise you may end up into the big problem.

Since most of the IT Companies use the Skype for Business, they may ask you to remove it completely, if it is a case, then follow the below steps to uninstall the Skype for Business’s related files and data from Mac. Again a word of warning, if you are not sure how to use Terminal I’d suggest you hand over your Mac, MacBook to expert, and let them do this task for you.

Step 2: Remove Skype Files From Mac File System Using Terminal

Here’s how to clean uninstall Skype for Business from MacBook, iMac, Mac,

  1. Launch Finder on your MacBook, Mac.

    Open Finder on MacBook Mac
    Open Finder on MacBook Mac
  2. On the top menu bar, click on Go > Applications.

    Open Applications Folder on Your MacBook Mac
    Open Applications Folder on Your MacBook Mac
  3. Then go to Utilities Folder.
  4. From the list of apps open Terminal.

    Terminal on Mac
    Terminal on Mac
  5. Run the following commands in Terminal,
Remove Skype File Using Terminal on Mac for Clean uninstall Skype
Remove Skype File Using Terminal on Mac for Clean uninstall Skype
  • sudo rm -rf /Applications/Skype\ for\ Business.app
  • sudo rm -rf /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/MeetingJoinPlugin.plugin
  • defaults delete com.microsoft.SkypeForBusiness || true
  • rm -rf ~/Library/Containers/com.microsoft.SkypeForBusiness
  • rm -rf ~/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/Skype\ for\ Business_*
  • rm -rf ~/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/com.microsoft.SkypeForBusiness.savedState
  • rm -rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.SkypeForBusiness.plist
  • rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/CrashReporter/Skype\ for\ Business_*
  • rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/com.apple.sharedfilelist/com.apple.LSSharedFileList.ApplicationRecentDocuments/com.microsoft.skypeforbusiness*
  • rm -rf ~/Library/Cookies/com.microsoft.SkypeForBusiness*
  • sudo rm -rf /private/var/db/receipts/com.microsoft.SkypeForBusiness*
  • rmdir ~/Library/Application\ Scripts/com.microsoft.SkypeForBusiness
  • find -f /private/var/db/BootCaches/* -name “app.com.microsoft.SkypeForBusiness*” -exec sudo rm -rf {} +

Note: You can prefer the latest commands from the Microsoft Support, in case if any of the mentioned commands are altered by Microsoft.

Step 3: Remove Skype Login Details From MacBook Max

  1. Again open Finder.

    Open Finder on MacBook Mac
    Open Finder on MacBook Mac
  2. Click on Go > > Applications.

    Open Applications Folder on Your MacBook Mac
    Open Applications Folder on Your MacBook Mac
  3. Next, Find Utilities Folder > Keychain Access1 Keychain Access screen on Mac
  4. From the login keychains, remove Skype for Business.

    Delete Skype from Keychain Access on MacBook Mac
    Delete Skype from Keychain Access on MacBook Mac

This is it!

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