Skype is a top-rated and useful application, enabling friends and families to see each other while living great distances away or being unable to travel. There are two common frustrations with Skype, however, where its default settings let you down. The first is related to closing the app, and the second is related to notifications.
By default, when you close skype, it doesn’t actually close. Instead, it minimizes the system tray. This means the app is still running, and you’re still signed in, which can prove disruptive if someone tries to call or message you when you think you’re offline. You can read our article on how to fix that here.
Also, by default, Skype notifies you whenever one of your contacts comes online. If you have enough people on your contacts list, though, you could face regular notifications of people coming online. With a small number of contacts, this isn’t too much of a problem. As there aren’t enough people coming online for this to get particularly annoying.
In either case, though, being notified about contacts coming online is unnecessary; if you are leaving Skype on all the time, you likely don’t want to deal with regular notifications. Similarly, if you only sign in when you’ve arranged to call someone, the notifications are essentially useless. As you’ll go to their profile to check if they’re online or wait for them to call you.
How to Turn Off Notifications When a Skype Contacts Goes Online
Thankfully, you can disable the notifications for when a contact comes online through Skype’s settings. Click on the triple-dot icon in the top-left to open the settings, then click “Settings.”
Once in the settings, switch to the “Notifications” tab. Click the slider for the second option from the top, labeled “Contact comes online notification,” to the “Off” position to disable these notifications.