How do I sign in to Skype for Windows desktop with my Microsoft account?

Skype for Windows desktop gives you several options to sign in to Skype so you can use Skype and the Microsoft services in a way that’s best for you.

We recommend that you sign in to Skype with a Microsoft account and link it to your Skype account. Don’t worry, creating a Microsoft account is easy, and if you use services such as Hotmail, Outlook.com or you have an Xbox, you already have one.

To enjoy the latest features and improvements, make sure you’re always using the latest version of Skype for Windows desktop.

Choose one of the options below to learn how to sign in to Skype for Windows desktop in a way that’s right for you.

With a Microsoft account, you can use Microsoft services such as Outlook.com, Hotmail, SkyDrive, Windows Phone or Xbox LIVE, with just an email address and a password. So if you’re using any of those, you already have a Microsoft account.

If you don’t have a Microsoft account yet, it’s easy to create one.

You can sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account and link it to your Skype account.

To link your Skype and Microsoft accounts:

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Click Microsoft account.
  3. Microsoft account option selected in the sign-in screen.

  4. Enter your Microsoft email and password.* Check Sign me in when Skype starts if you want to sign in automatically with your Microsoft account every time you are starting Skype, then click Sign in.
  5. The Sign in with your Microsoft account screen.

    * If you want to create a new Microsoft account, you can click Sign up now and follow the on-screen instructions. When you’re done, you can continue with the linking process described in the following steps.

  6. Click I have a Skype account to sign in with your Skype Name and password.
  7. The I have a Skype account option selected in the sign in process.

  8. Enter your Skype Name and Password, then click Sign in.
  9. The Enter your Skype account details screen.

  10. You’ll see your Microsoft and Skype accounts side by side. If everything is OK, click Continue
  11. The last step in the merging accounts process with the option Continue selected.

    You are now signed in to Skype with your Microsoft account and your accounts are linked.

    To sign in to Skype next time, simply use your Microsoft account.

    If you have more than one Skype or Microsoft accounts, for example a private and a business one, and you linked the wrong ones, you can easily unlink them, and then link the Skype and Microsoft accounts you want.

You’ve already been using the Microsoft services but now you’ve heard how amazing Skype is and you want to give it a try. If you’ve downloaded and installed Skype for Windows desktop and don’t really know how to sign in, don’t worry, it’s easy:

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Click Microsoft account.
  3. Microsoft account option selected in the sign-in screen.

  4. Enter your Microsoft email and password. Check Sign me in when Skype starts if you want to sign in automatically with your Microsoft account every time you start Skype, then click Sign in.
  5. The Sign in with your Microsoft account screen.

  6. Click I’m new to Skype to create a brand new Skype account and to sign in to it with your Microsoft account.
  7. The I’m new to Skype option selected in the sign in process.

  8. Read the Skype Terms of Use, then click I agree – join Skype.
  9. The Terms of Use screen with the I agree – Join Skype option selected.

You’ve just created a new Skype account with your Microsoft account. To sign in to Skype next time, simply use your Microsoft account email address and password.

You can now find your friends who are on Skype and enjoy free Skype voice and video calls with them.

If you don’t have a Microsoft account and you’ve never used Skype, don’t worry. Once you’ve downloaded and installed Skype for Windows desktop, it’s easy to get started.

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Click Microsoft account.
  3. Microsoft account option selected in the sign-in screen.

  4. Click Sign up now and follow the instructions to create your Microsoft account.
  5. The Sign up now for your Microsoft account screen.

  6. Click I’m new to Skype.
  7. The I’m new to Skype option selected in the sign in process.

  8. Read the Skype Terms of Use, then click I agree – join Skype.
  9. The Terms of Use screen with the I agree – Join Skype option selected.

You’ve just created a new Skype account with your new Microsoft account and linked them. Now you are signed in to Skype with your Microsoft account.

To sign in to Skype next time, simply use your Microsoft account email address and password.

To sign in to Skype for Windows desktop with your Skype account:

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Click Skype Name and enter you Skype Name and password.

    Skype Name option selected in the sign-in screen.
     
  3. Click Sign in.

However, we recommend that you create a new Microsoft account and link it to your Skype account.

You’ll be able to enjoy all the great Skype features and there’s plenty to gain when you sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account:

  • one less password to remember
  • improved account security
  • even easier and more secure password recovery
  • access to the Microsoft online services

Learn more about what happens when you sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.

 

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