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

Skype for Android 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.

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 a Microsoft account.

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:

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

The Sign in button selected in the sign in with your Microsoft account screen.

* 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.

The Already using Skype? option selected in the sign in process.

The Enter your Skype account details screen.

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Tap Sign in with a Microsoft account.
  3. Enter your Microsoft email and password*, then click Sign in.
  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.
  6. Enter your Skype password, then tap Link Accounts.

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

If you want to sign 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:

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

The Sign in button selected in the sign in with your Microsoft account screen.

* 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.

The New to Skype? option selected in the sign in process.

The Skype welcome screen.

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Tap Sign in with a Microsoft account.
  3. Enter your Microsoft email and password, then tap Sign in.
  4. Tap New to Skype? to sign in with your Microsoft account.
  5. Agree to the Skype Terms of Use.
  6. You’ve just created a new Skype account with your Microsoft account.

If you want to sign 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.

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

The Sign up now option selected in the sign in with your Microsoft account screen.

The New to Skype? option selected in the sign in process.

  1. Start Skype.
  2. Tap Sign in with a Microsoft account.
  3. Tap Sign up now and follow the instructions to create a new Microsoft account.
  4. Tap New to Skype?
  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 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:

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

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