Skype has recently started showing my online status as constantly "online" even after I have been inactive for longer than the configured time period of 5 minutes. Things that I have tried:

  • Reinstalling Skype on all PCs
  • Disabling all Skype Extras

I use the same skype account on my desktop, laptop, and Iphone. Any ideas on why my skype status may be stuck or any other suggestions to help resolve this?

UPDATE: I deleted config.xml from %APPDATA%/gdalgas in an attempt to resolve this which didn't help.

  • I also observed this.. Are you getting this on Windows 2008 or Windows 7? Jul 22, 2009 at 16:54
  • I am on Windows Vista x64, x86, and IPhone 3.0 Jul 22, 2009 at 18:30

4 Answers 4



Go to Tools/Options and change Show me as away after X minutes to some other value. Like 4 minutes. Save it.

Then go to Tools/Options again and set it to some other value again like 5 minutes. Save it.

  • confirmed, this works.. silly, but it works. Nov 29, 2010 at 7:10

Not trying to be a wiseguy, but have you checked your General Settings under tools->options "Show me as 'Away' when I am inactive for" value is set correctly?

  • Yes, I have a value set for 5 minutes Jul 22, 2009 at 17:09

If you say it's installed on all those platforms, than it might be you just use either your desktop, laptop or iPhone every 5 mins keeping you "online".

Because all three versions share one account.

Else I would expect a wrong Options setting like JP suggested


A thing to check would be if your computer actually detects the "idle". For example if you have a mouse which is too sensitive (or live in a seismic area), it might be that there is constant activity. Do your other "idle" behaviors trigger correctly ? (screensaver activating, or monitor turning off, or even status from another communicator)

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