How do I use Skype WiFi (Windows 8 or above)?

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Skype WiFi is a fantastic way to browse the internet when you’re on the move, using your Skype Credit as payment to log in to public WiFi hotspots around the world.

No more fumbling with credit cards or cumbersome sign up processes when you’re out there – you can simply use your Skype Credit to get online. You only pay per minute for what you use. There's no need to buy an internet day-pass if all you need is a few minutes of access.

The Skype WiFi price per minute varies by provider and will be displayed when you connect to a compatible WiFi hotspot.

The following questions and answers will help you get started with using Skype WiFi for modern Windows:

How do I start using Skype WiFi for modern Windows?

It’s easy to start using Skype WiFi for modern Windows. All you need to do is install the Skype WiFi app on your device and get a little Skype Credit.

To find a Skype WiFi compatible hotspot near you, try our Skype Hotspot Finder.

Important: To sign in to Skype WiFi for the first time, you need to have an active internet connection. The application will remember your account details so you don’t need to enter them next time you start the app.

If you log out of the Skype WiFi app, you’ll need to log in with an active internet connection when you start the app again.

To start using Skype WiFi for modern Windows:

If you can’t find the Skype WiFi app tile in the Start screen, simply type “Skype WiFi” and the search function will find it for you.

The Save option selected in the Add your Microsoft account screen.

Next time you launch Skype WiFi, you’ll be logged in automatically.

If you don’t have enough Skype Credit on your account, you’ll see the message: “Not enough Credits”.

Swipe from the right edge of the screen, or move your mouse to the upper right corner to bring up the charms bar. Select Settings > Networks.

The following message will appear: “Skype WiFi is available here”.

The message “Skype WiFi is available here” displays after Skype WiFi detects a compatible public WiFi hotspot.

A compatible WiFi hotspot along with the rate per minute displayed in the Skype WiFi app.

Skype WiFi prices vary by provider.

  1. Tap or press the Windows key The Windows key. to get to the Windows Start screen.
  2. In the Start screen, select the Skype WiFi app tile. The welcome screen opens.
  3. Tap or click Continue.
  4. Enter your Microsoft account details and tap or click Save.
    • If you are new to Skype, select I’m new to Skype and accept our Terms of Use.
    • If you already have a Skype account, select I have a Skype account, sign in with your Skype Name and password and merge your Skype and Microsoft accounts.
  5. Connect to a compatible public WiFi hotspot:
  6. After a compatible network is displayed along with the rate per minute, tap or click Connect.

Once connected, Skype WiFi displays the number of available minutes you can use.

For your protection, Skype WiFi sessions are set to expire after 30 minutes. To end your session, simply tap or click Disconnect in the Skype WiFi app.

The Disconnect button in the Skype WiFi notification window.

Make sure you have enough Skype Credit, if you’d like to call mobiles and landlines or send SMS text messages while connected to the internet with Skype WiFi.

How do I sign in to Skype WiFi for modern Windows with a different account?

To sign in to Skype WiFi with a different account, you first need to sign out of Skype WiFi:

  1. Press the start button.
  2. Tap or click your account image.
  3. Select Sign Out.

Then you’ll need to sign in to Windows 8 with your preferred Microsoft account and launch Skype WiFi again. You’ll need to have an active internet connection when you sign in to the app with a new account for the first time.

However, if you are logged in to Windows 8 as a guest, you can log out directly from the Skype WiFi app. To do so:

  1. Press the Alt+Tab key combination on your keyboard or swipe from the left of the screen to open the Skype WiFi app.
  2. Move your mouse to the upper right corner of the screen, or swipe from the right to bring up the charms bar.
  3. Select Settings > Profile > Logout.

Now you can sign in to Skype WiFi with a different Skype account.

If you don’t sign out of Skype WiFi, the next time you connect to the internet at a public WiFi hotspot, you’ll be signed in with the same Skype account automatically.

How can I check how many Skype WiFi minutes I've used?

Press the Alt+Tab key combination on your keyboard or swipe from the left of the screen. The Skype WiFi app opens so you can see how long you’ve been using Skype WiFi and how many Skype WiFi minutes you have left.

How much does Skype WiFi cost?

Skype WiFi prices vary by provider and are displayed when you’re offered a compatible WiFi hotspot to connect to.

A compatible WiFi hotspot along with the rate per minute displayed in the Skype WiFi app.

How do I pay for Skype WiFi?

You pay for Skype WiFi with your Skype Credit. There’s no data limit for Skype WiFi. You’re only charged for the Skype WiFi minutes you have used. If you want to buy more Skype Credit, you can do so in the app by swiping from the right, clicking Profile, then clicking the Add Skype Credit link when you're online.

Do I pay when I’m connected at a free WiFi hotspot?

No, you don’t pay anything in this case. If you’re connected to your home WiFi network or to the internet at a free WiFi hotspot, the following message displays in Skype WiFi: “You’re already online”.

Having trouble connecting to the internet with Skype WiFi? Check out this handy guide.

To share your Skype WiFi experience, visit the Skype Community.

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