How To Use Your Microsoft Account For Your Skype Sign In?
Your Microsoft account is a way for you to connect and sync all of your Microsoft devices and services with just the use of one email and password combination.
With Windows 8, Skype now requires you to use your Microsoft account to login. There are no longer Skype usernames, but it will be your Live account’s email address displayed for your Skype contacts.
The great thing about using your Microsoft account for Skype is that you can use it on various devices including those not running on a Windows operating system. If you have an iPhone, Mac or even Android Phone, you can sign in to Skype just as if you were using a Windows Phone or computer.
There are several ways that you can sync your Microsoft and Skype accounts.
- You have a Skype account and you’d like to link it to your Microsoft Account
- If you already have a Microsoft account, but are a new Skype user.
If you already have a Skype account it is very easy to link it to your Microsoft account.
1. The first step in any tutorial involving software or web/mobile applications is to ensure that you have the latest version of it downloaded to your device.
2. After you ensure that you have the latest version of Skype, open your Skype window and click the Microsoft account icon.
3. You will then be brought to a sign in page for your Microsoft account. Enter your Microsoft username (this will be an email address) and password. At the bottom right of the screen there is a check box with “Sign me in when Skype starts” displayed next to it. Check this box if every time that you login to Skype you want to automatically be signed in to your Microsoft account. After you have entered in your account credentials click the “Sign in” button.
4. Now that you have signed into your Microsoft account, the next screen will give you two options based on whether you have a previous Skype account or whether you are a new user. Since you have an existing Skype account click the “I Have a Skype account” button. If you don’t have an existing account or for whatever reason want to create a new account at this point skip down to the Link Microsoft Account with New Skype Account.
5. Now the page will display all of your existing Skype accounts. Click your account name that you wish to merge with your Microsoft account. If for some reason you select the wrong account or want to change accounts later there are ways to unlink the two accounts at a later time.
6. The window will now display the account name you had chosen on the previous screen. Below the account name, you have to enter your account password and then click the “Sign in” button.
7. You have one last step to merge your two accounts. The Skype window will now display your Microsoft account and existing Skype account that you want merged. If you wish to continue with the merger you will click the “Continue” button to finalize it. After this point you will now use your Microsoft username and password for your Skype sign in.
8. Now it’s time to setup your Skype settings. Skype will directly enable you to arrange your video and sound settings together with your Skype profile picture. Click the “Continue” button to start.
9. On the following screen, it will allow you to adjust your microphone, speaker as well as your video settings. If you are already complacent with your standard settings, click the “Continue” button.
10. You can also add your beautiful profile picture on the following screen. If you don’t wish to upload a photo now you can also click the “Add later” button.
11. The Skype window will now appear. Your Skype contacts and your Messenger account will appear on the “Contacts” tab.
12. YOU DID IT! You’ve successfully merged your Microsoft and Skype accounts. Next time you login to your Skype account you will use your Microsoft account email address and password.
If you already have a Microsoft account, but don’t have a Skype account yet follow the instructions below.
1. The first thing you will do is repeat steps 1-3 above.
2. Next a window will appear welcoming you to Skype. In the middle of the screen there will be two buttons, one displaying “I have a Skype account” and another displaying “I’m new to Skype”. Obviously since you don’t have an existing Skype account or you want to create a new one you will choose the second button “I’m new to Skype”.
4. You have now just successfully created a new Skype account that is linked to your Microsoft account. From this point forward you will use your Microsoft account email and password when you sign in to Skype.
What Changes After the Merger?
After you have signed in to Skype with your Microsoft account your Skype will function in the same way as it did prior to the sync. Any Skype product that you purchased prior to the sync will still be readily available as well as any new purchases made after within the Skype application. Skype does not allow you to purchase Skype products from your Microsoft account. To manage any products or subscriptions purchased or used prior to the sync will require you to login to either Skype or Microsoft separately.
For example, if you purchased any Skype credit you would sign in to your Skype account to manage it.
If you use your Microsoft account for a service such as Xbox Live, you would need to sign in to your Microsoft account to manage it.
For security purposes, after linking your Skype and Microsoft accounts, only your email address and contacts will be shared. All of your billing information will not be synced and will only be used where you chose to enter it.
If for any reason you change your Microsoft account information, your Skype information will be automatically updated.
For example, if you were using a work email address and you changed your places of work, when you update the primary email address on your Microsoft account it will then become your new email address to sign in to Skype.
With any device running on Windows 8, you will be prompted to use a Microsoft account to download Skype or any other application from the Windows Store. However, you can skip using this by using Skype Desktop Client. Learn more about using Skype Desktop Client.