Skype contains ads to continue offering its services for free, enabling us to make audio and video calls all around the globe. If you have a Skype subscription or purchased some Skype credit, you won't see ads. However, if you use a free version, there is a way to disable Microsoft targeted ads in the Skype app manually.
How to disable targeted ads on Windows?
- To remove ads in Skype on a Windows computer, first of all, quit Skype if you were using it.
- Go to the Task Bar and type Internet Options in the Search tab.
- In the new window go to Security tab and select Restricted sites > Sites.
- Paste the link apps.skype.com in the Add this website to the zone tab and click on Add, then paste the second link g.msn.com > Add.
- Next, click on Close and log in to the Skype app – normally, ads should have disappeared.
How to disable targeted ads on Mac?
- To remove ads from Skype on Mac computers, go to Finder > Utilities > Terminal.
- In the Terminal program, you could make changes in your OS.
- Paste the link sudo nano /etc/hoststhere and press Return to open host folders.
- Then Terminal will ask you to insert your Mac password.
- Do so, and press Return, and your Mac will open a text editor called Nano.
- Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to access the line below the last one and type the code 127.0.0.1, press Tab and type skype.api.com, click Return.
- Then, type 127.0.0.1 in the next line, press Tab, type skype.ad.com and press Return.
- To save the changes press Control + O on your keyboard. Finally, press Control + X to exit the window.
- Now you have to finalise the process on Terminal that opens automatically after you pressed Control + X. Type sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder and press Return.
- Submit your password and press Return. After this, your changes will be saved and you will no longer see ads on Skype.