How do I sign in to Skype for Windows Phone 8 with my Microsoft account?

If you’ve downloaded the Skype app from the Windows Store, you already have a Microsoft account and you're ready to join Skype.

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

Signing in to Skype for Windows Phone 8 now uses Microsoft account. 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

To sign in to Skype for Windows Phone 8 with your existing Skype account, you'll need to link your current Skype account with your Microsoft account. To link your Skype and Microsoft accounts:

  1. Tap the Skype tile on the Start screen to start the application.
  2. Tap Sign in.
  3. You will be directed to sign in with your Microsoft account. Enter your Microsoft account email and password, then tap Sign in.


     
  4. Accept the terms and conditions by tapping Continue.


     
  5. The application will ask if you already have a Skype account; tap Yes.


     
  6. Skype will search for a Skype account that matches the email account you used to sign in. If the account shown on the screen is correct, tap Yes. If the Skype account you want to link isn't shown on the screen, tap Link a different Skype account.


  • If you chose to link to a different Skype account, enter the Skype Name and password, then tap Yes to link the accounts.

Skype will then link the selected accounts. You're now signed into Skype with your existing Skype Name, linked to your Microsoft account.

To join Skype, all you have to do is sign in with your Microsoft account; you already have a Microsoft account that you use to sign into your Windows Phone 8.

To sign in to Skype on your Windows Phone 8 device for the first time:
  1. Tap the Skype tile on the Start screen to start the app.
  2. Tap Sign in.


     
  3. Enter your Microsoft account email address and password, then tap Sign in. If you haven't already set up your Microsoft account for Skype (for example, on a computer or tablet), Skype on Windows Phone 8 will walk you through setting up the Microsoft account you use to sign into your phone to allow you to sign into Skype.

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

If you want to use a different Microsoft account to sign into Skype than the one you use to sign into your Windows 8 Phone (for example, you created a Skype account using a different Microsoft account before you got your Windows Phone):

  1. Tap the Skype tile on the Start screen to start the app.
  2. Tap Sign in.


     
  3. Enter the Microsoft account email address and password you wish to use, then tap Sign in.

That’s it, you’re now signed in to Skype on your Windows Phone 8 device 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 Phone 8 device, for example on your computer or tablet, simply select the option to sign in with a Microsoft account and enter your Microsoft account details.

 

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