How do I sign in to Skype with my Microsoft account (Skype for modern Windows)?

If you’re using a computer or a tablet running Windows 8, you already have a Microsoft account. It’s the same account you used to download Skype for modern Windows. That means you’re ready to start using Skype whether you already have a Skype account or not.

When you sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account, you get all the extra benefits that come with a Microsoft account, including:

  • Only needing to remember one ID and password across multiple services
  • Faster password recovery
  • Improved security

Important: This FAQ is both for touch-screen devices (such as the Microsoft Surface tablet) and regular computers (such as laptops), so you can either tap or click the on-screen buttons.

Read the following options and click the one that best describes your situation:

Once you’ve downloaded and installed Skype for modern Windows, you’re ready to sign in for the first time.

  1. Tap the Skype tile on the Start screen to start the application.
  2. Tap I’m new to Skype.

The Skype sign in screen with the I’m new to Skype option selected.

  1. Read the Terms of Use, then tap I agree – join Skype.

The Skype Terms of Use screen with the option I agree – join Skype selected.

That’s it, you’re now signed in to Skype with your Microsoft account and ready to add contacts so you can make free Skype calls with them and send them instant messages.

If you want to sign to Skype on a non-Windows 8 device (for example, on your iPhone) simply select the option to sign in with a Microsoft account and enter your Microsoft account details.

If you’ve had your Skype account for some time now, chances are you have plenty of contacts and you may have purchased various Skype products, such as Skype Credit.

Rather than creating a new Skype account, you can link your existing Skype account to your Microsoft account when you sign in to Skype.

  1. Tap the Skype tile on the Start screen to start the application.
  2. Tap I have a Skype account.

The Skype sign in screen with the I have a Skype account option selected.

  1. Enter your Skype Name and password, then click Sign in.

The Skype sign in screen with the fields to enter a Skype Name and Password, with the Sign in button selected.

  1. Skype for modern Windows will prepare to link your Skype account with the Microsoft account you used to sign into your computer. Review the accounts you’re about to link. If everything is OK, tap Continue.

The Merge your accounts screen displaying Skype and Microsoft accounts to be merged, with the Continue button selected.

Your Skype and Microsoft accounts are now linked. You can continue to enjoy all the great Skype features and you can also contact your Messenger buddies directly from Skype.

If you want to sign to Skype on a non-Windows 8 device, simply select the option to sign in with a Microsoft account and enter your Microsoft account details.

If you’ve linked the wrong accounts you can easily unlink them, and then link the Skype and Microsoft accounts you want.

If you’ve already linked your Skype and Microsoft accounts (for example, on your old computer or a mobile device), or you’ve simply signed in to Skype with your Microsoft account, you don’t have to do anything.

Simply tap the Skype tile in the Start screen and you’ll be signed in automatically.

If you’ve linked the wrong accounts, you can easily unlink them, then merge the Skype and Microsoft accounts you want.

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