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How do I sign in to Skype for Android?

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You can 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, Messenger or you have an Xbox, you already have one.

Before you start, make sure you're running the latest version of Skype for Android.

When you start Skype on your Android device, you will see one of the two below login screens. Click the screen you see to learn more about how to sign in with that screen.
 

Skype sign in screen with the Microsoft account option selected. 

After you've signed out and attempt to sign back in, you'll see this screen:



 

Simplified Login

This login option allows you to sign in with your Skype Name (most common), Microsoft account, or mobile number, as well as create a new account. This feature is being rolled out to all users gradually, so don't worry if you don't see it yet.

To sign in on this screen:

  1. Type your Skype Name, email address or mobile number.
  2. Tap the arrow to continue.
  3. If you entered an email address and there are several accounts matching the email address, select the one you want to use.
  4. Type in your password for the account you've chosen.

Note that if you're signing in with a Microsoft account, you can link it to your Skype account, if needed.

Legacy Login

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

With a Microsoft account, you can use Microsoft services such as Outlook.com, Hotmail, OneDrive, 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. Then you’ll be able to chat with your Messenger buddies directly from Skype and make free Skype calls to them.

To link your Skype and Microsoft accounts:

* If you don’t have a Microsoft account yet, click Sign up now and follow the on-screen instructions. When you’re done, you can continue with the next step.

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Tap Sign in with a Microsoft account.

    : Screenshot of the Android phone screen showing the Skype sign in screen with the option Sign in with a Microsoft account option highlighted
     
  3. Enter your Microsoft email and password*, then click Sign in.

    The Sign in button selected in the sign in with your Microsoft account screen.
     
  4. Tap I agree on the Terms of Use page.
  5. Skype will search to see if it can find a match for your email address. If it finds the correct Skype account, tap Yes. If not, tap Link to a different Skype account and enter your Skype name.

    The Already using Skype? option selected in the sign in process.
     
  6. Enter your Skype password, then tap Link Accounts.

    The Enter your Skype account details screen.
     
  7. Verify your mobile number and tap the arrow.

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

If you want to sign in to Skype again, or if you want to use your account on another device, simply select the option to sign in with a Microsoft account and enter your Microsoft account details.

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, then link the Skype and Microsoft accounts you want.

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

 

 

* If you don’t have a Microsoft account yet, click Sign up now and follow the on-screen instructions. When you’re done, you can continue with the next step.

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Tap Sign in with a Microsoft account.

    Screenshot of the Android phone screen showing the Skype sign in screen with the option Sign in with a Microsoft account option highlighted.
     
  3. Enter your Microsoft email and password, then tap Sign in.

    The Sign in button selected in the sign in with your Microsoft account screen.
     
  4. Tap New to Skype? to sign in with your Microsoft account.

    The New to Skype? option selected in the sign in process.
     
  5. Agree to the Skype Terms of Use.
  6. You’ve just created a new Skype account with your Microsoft account.

    The Skype welcome screen.
     

If you want to sign in to Skype again, or if you want to use your account on another device, simply select the option to sign in with a Microsoft account and enter your Microsoft account details.

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 Android on your device, it’s easy to get started.


  1. Start Skype.
  2. Tap Sign in with a Microsoft account.

    Screenshot of the Android phone screen showing the Skype sign in screen with the option Sign in with a Microsoft account option highlighted.
     
  3. Tap Sign up now and follow the instructions to create a new Microsoft account.

    The Sign up now option selected in the sign in with your Microsoft account screen.
     
  4. Tap New to Skype?

    The New to Skype? option selected in the sign in process.
     
  5. Agree to the Skype Terms of Use.

You’ve just created a new Skype account with your new Microsoft account.

If you want to sign in to Skype again, or if you want to use your account on another device, simply select the option to sign in with a Microsoft account and enter your Microsoft account details.

To sign in to Skype for Android with your Skype account:

 

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Select Sign in with a Skype account.

    Screenshot of the Android phone screen showing the Skype sign in screen with the option Sign in with a Skype account option highlighted.

  3. Enter you Skype Name and password.
  4. Tap Sign in.

However, you can also create a new Microsoft account and link it to your Skype account.

You’ll still 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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