Igor Kromin |   Consultant. Coder. Blogger. Tinkerer. Gamer.

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

Please leave your comments or feedback below!
comments powered by Disqus
Other posts you may like...
Hi! You can search my blog here ⤵
Or browse the recent top tags...

Recent Blog Posts

Review of Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery software for Mac

A year later and GitLab still doesn't allow to show private project activity

How to remove caked on stickers from old game carts

How to pass parameters to your PHP script via the command line

jPhotoFrame new layout engine explained with examples

Atari Lynx Multi SD Card cartridge review

Jersey JAX-RS filters and interceptors execution order when throwing Exceptions

Why I'll never renew a domain with GoDaddy again

Fake AirPods - HBQ-i7 TWS wireless headset teardown

How to fix Postman error - Failed to import data: format not recognized

Recent Galleries

BMB-012 Nanoblock T-Rex Skeleton Model assembly

Tiny Arcade revision 6 kit assembly and decal application

Atari Lynx repair - Part 5 - McWill LED screen mod installation

Atari Lynx repair - Part 4 - screen cover replacement

Atari Lynx repair - Part 2 - re-capping the motherboard

Atari Lynx repair - Part 3 - broken speaker replacement

Atari Lynx repair - Part 1 - introduction and case disassembly

Building a custom Atari Lynx game box storage shelf unit in a day

Protecting old Atari Lynx game boxes with snug fit plastic sleeves

Monument Valley 2 is released and does not disappoint

Blogs and Friends

Matt Moores Blog
Georgi's FlatPress Guide
Perplexing Permutations
The Security Sleuth
Ilia Rogatchevski
Travelling Fairy

Blog Activity

Blog Activity