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A single sign-in for Skype and your other Microsoft services

We're bringing Skype and Microsoft accounts together.

If you already have a Microsoft account, we recommend updating it with your Skype account. This lets you access Skype, Office, Xbox and other Microsoft services with a single sign-in and gives your Skype account the same level of protection as your Microsoft account.  

If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you’ll need to add a verified email address to your Skype account. This makes it easier to get back into your account if you forget your password and allows you to protect your account with two factor authentication. 

Please note that you can only update your Skype account to a Microsoft account once. 

arrow Updating your Skype and Microsoft accounts

  1. Go to https://account.microsoft.com, if you're already signed in, sign out.
  2. Enter your Skype name and password when prompted and then select Sign in
  3. If your Skype account is not updated already, you will be notified to update your account.
  4. Select Next to continue.
  5. You will be asked to add an email to your account, and verify that email. 
  6. Congrats, your Skype account is also a Microsoft account.
  1. Go to https://account.microsoft.com, if you're already signed in, sign out.
  2. Enter your Skype name and password when prompted and then select Sign in
  3. You will be notified that your Skype account is now available to be used with other Microsoft apps and services. Select Next to continue.
  4. If you ever linked a Microsoft account to your Skype account before or if you entered an email which matches an existing Microsoft account, you will receive a notification to update your accounts.

    Note: If multiple accounts are found, you will be able to choose which Microsoft account to update with.
  5. Select Next if you want to continue with this Microsoft account (you will be prompted to verify that you own this Microsoft account), or select Use another email address if you want to either update with a different Microsoft account or just add an email to improve safety on your account. 
  6. If you chose Next, you'll be asked to verify the password for your Microsoft account.
  7. Enter your password and select Sign in.
  8. Congrats, you now have one sign-in for your Skype and Microsoft account.

Note: Remember that your Skype password won't work anymore. You will use your Microsoft account password, even when you sign into Skype.

If you encounter any issues, please continue to Issues updating your Skype and Microsoft accounts.

Unfortunately, no. If you have already updated your account to a Microsoft account, you cannot undo it or change to a different account.

When you update your account, you can still use your Skype name, email or phone number as usual. Learn more about changing your sign in information.


Arrow Issues updating your Skype and Microsoft accounts

After you update your Skype account to a Microsoft account, you will use your Microsoft account password to sign in, even for Skype. You can change your password at any time. If you forgot your password, we can help.

When trying to update your Skype and Microsoft account, you might receive a message that the email address already uses Skype.  This means it may already be linked to another account. You can use that account to sign in to Skype.

When trying to update your Skype and Microsoft accounts, you might receive a message that we found Skype contacts for your Microsoft account and you will only keep your Skype contacts. You will need to sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account and transfer your contacts to the Skype account you are updating. Learn more.

When trying to update your Skype and Microsoft account, you might receive a message that you are unable to because you have Skype credit on your account. You will either need to use up your Skype credit before you update or you can request a refund.


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