Igor's Blog

Skype allows you to change the picture that's displayed as your avatar, the (sometimes) unfortunate side effect is it keeps all of the previous pictures you used in its 'Recents' tab. I never really liked this kind of functionality, but do admit it can come in useful sometimes. In the case of Facebook you can delete the recent profile photos, but in Skype, at least on OS X there is no way to remove these recent pictures within the app itself. However, there is a more complicated way to remove them if you're willing to put a few minutes of your time into it.

To show what I'm talking about...when you click on your profile picture in Skype and click Change Picture, a dialog box comes up that shows you a number of options. Here you can take a new photo using your computer's camera, select a default picture or pick from the recent pictures list. As you can see in my case, there are bunch of recent pictures. Some appear to be from other users who logged into Skype on my laptop at some point or another.
skyperecentpic1.png


So after quite a lot of searching around, I was able to find the location where these pictures are stored and it's not in a very obvious spot. The images are found in the directory shown below. You can get to it by going to Finder, then clicking the Go menu and then selecting Go to Folder... and typing in the directory and selecting OK.
 Directory
~/Library/Containers/com.apple.ImageKit.RecentPictureService/Data/Library/Images/Recent Pictures




This directory will have the picture as well as a thumbnail version of that picture. It will also have a file called Recents.plist.
skyperecentpic2.png


It is not enough to just delete the picture(s) you do not want, you also have to delete their corresponding entries in this plist file. Luckily this is a plain text file and can be edited with any text editor. Simply get the file name of the picture you want to delete, find it in the plist file and delete the entire <dict> entry that encompasses that picture, as shown below.
skyperecentpic3.png



After you're done removing all the unwanted pictures, save the plist file, quit and restart Skype. The offending images will not be present any longer. I got a little more creative with mine, but did get rid of the pictures I didn't want to keep coming up.
skyperecentpic4.png


-i

, , , ,
About — I'm an enthusiastic software engineer and consultant interested in many fields including J2EE, programming, electronics, 3D printing, video games, wood working and gardening.
See my Resume for more information.
The views expressed in this blog are my own and not those of my employer.
comments powered by Disqus
My other posts you may like...
Programming, DIY, Games, Hacks, Tech and more.
Follow me on...
Current and Past Projects
See my Resume

Subscribe


RSS Feed

My Other Web Sites

Igor and Elise's Travels
Riverside Expressway Cam
StrFunc() Online
300 George St Blogumentary
Guru JSON-RPC Tester
Extrudifier Object Designer

Recent Blog Posts

Older versions of JD-GUI crashing on macOS Sierra

How does Seeed Fusion stack up as a low budget PCB fab

Where to find the last item (Robbie's lost lyrics) in GravityFalls Lake level

Detecting print requests to print contents of a DIV with JavaScript

Using Google DFP with AdSense on responsive pages

How to change the email subject line in Gmail

Force PHP GD library to load JPEG images that have invalid data

How to uninstall Samsung Smart Switch from your Mac

Facebook adds weather forecasts but forgets to adjust them to your time zone

No sound or microphone when answering calls on an iPhone

Recent Galleries

Space Food - Chocolate Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips

Legeod Star Wars AT-DP kit

DIY spare parts computer build with a RAIDMAX Anura case

Fake 'Lepin' brand Lego packaging

Hardwood garden bench with clear resin void filler

Fixing a 3D printer extruder that stopped heating up

Easily increase disk space in a Lenovo Ideapad 100S 14" laptop with an M.2 SSD

Making a multi-piece 3D printed solder spool holder stand

DIY indoor apartment grow light wiring

Good Friday Electronics fun Easter Bunny LED PCB Kit IBEABU-01.0

Top Categories

Blogs I follow

Matt Moores Blog
Georgi's FlatPress Guide
Perplexing Permutations
The Security Sleuth

Friends

RAWS Parts Online
Alpha Dimensions Hosting
Kristensen Photography
Ilia Rogatchevski
Travelling Fairy

Blog Activity

Blog Activity
Follow me on... 
     
...or subscribe for updates!

Don't show this again