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How do I create a Skype account?

If you don’t have a Skype account yet, it’s easy to get started.

  1. Download and install Skype if you haven’t already done so.
  2. Start Skype and click Create an account (or go directly to the Create an account page). 


The ‘Create an account or sign in’ page opens in your web browser.

  1. If you have a Microsoft account, click Microsoft account to sign in with that. If you would rather create a Skype account, continue to step 4.

  2. Enter your details on the page:
  • Use a valid email address. You’ll need it to sign in. We also use it to send you important information about Skype and any purchases you make.
  • Choose a Skype Name. It must be between 6 and 32 characters, start with a letter and can contain only letters, numbers, full stops, commas, dashes and underscores.
  • Choose a password. It must be between 6 and 20 characters, contain at least one letter and one number, and is case-sensitive.

  1. Read the Skype Terms of Use and the Skype Privacy Policy, and then click I agree - Continue.

You’ve now created a Skype account.

Need help getting started with Skype? Check out our series of short video guides for all the essential things you’ll want to do with Skype.

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