How do I start using Skype for Windows Phone 8?

With Skype for Windows Phone 8, you can make free voice and video calls, send instant messages, and call mobiles and landlines for great Skype rates.

Learn more about the features that Skype for Windows Phone 8 supports.

The following questions and answers will help you get started with Skype on your Windows Phone 8:

Sign in to Skype for Windows Phone 8 using your Microsoft account. We recommend you use the same Microsoft account you used to set up your Windows Phone.

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Tap Sign in.
  3. Enter your Microsoft account name and password and tap Sign in.

I usually sign in with my Skype Name

After you sign in with your Microsoft account you can link it to your existing Skype account to see your existing contacts and credit. If you’re having problems please see this this handy guide.

I've never used Skype before

After you sign in with your Microsoft account, just choose no to the question “Do you already have a Skype account” and we’ll get you started.

I already use a Microsoft account to sign into Skype

After you sign in with your Microsoft account, we’ll get you started straight away.

I use more than one Skype account

If you use more than one Skype account, you’ll need to link each one to a different Microsoft account. If needed, you can create a new Microsoft account.

Learn more about linking your Skype and Microsoft accounts.

Yes. You just need to link your existing Skype account to your Microsoft account (for example, the one you use to sign into your Windows Phone 8 device) to use Skype as you normally would.

If you can't see your existing contacts or credit, you can easily unlink your Microsoft account from a Skype account and try linking them again.

To start using Skype with the Microsoft account you used to set up your phone, check out this handy guide.

If you're having trouble signing in to Skype for Windows Phone 8, check out this handy guide.

You only need to sign in to Skype for Windows Phone 8 once, when you launch the app for the first time. Then, you’ll be signed in automatically every time you start Skype.

If you just don’t want your contacts to see you, simply change your status to invisible.

If you want to sign out of Skype:

 

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner.
  2. Tap the menu button Menu button..
  3. Select sign out.

    The sign out option selected in the Skype menu.

Important: If you sign out, you won’t receive IM or call notifications, and your Skype contacts will be removed from People Hub.

Skype for Windows Phone 8 and all of its features work over 3G, 4G and WiFi. Operator data charges may apply when using Skype over 3G or 4G networks.

You can uninstall Skype from your phone at any time – this will remove the app from your device:

  1. Press the start key to go to the home screen.
  2. Swipe to the application list.
  3. Scroll down to find Skype.
  4. Tap and hold the Skype icon, then select uninstall.

 

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