How can I use the Skype app

How to use Skype without a Microsoft account

The tip tells you how to use Skype without a Microsoft account.

After taking over Skype, Microsoft created facts and Skype linked as an app to the Microsoft account. You can You can still use Skype without a Microsoft account. The following tip shows you how to do this.

  • The Skype desktop app on Windows 8 and Windows 10 requires the Microsoft account.
  • The classic Skype desktop program, on the other hand, can also be used with a Skype account.
  • Skype can also be used via the website without an account.


1. Skype as an app in Windows 8 and Windows 10

After the takeover, Microsoft not only integrated Skype in the classic desktop version, but also directly as an app in Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Skype in Windows 10 requires a Microsoft account.

As convenient as the direct integration is, it is also annoying for some users that it can be Can only use the app with a Microsoft account.

Microsoft account problem? Like Apple with the Apple ID under FaceTime or Google with Google Hangouts, Microsoft also combines various services such as Skype with a Microsoft account. From the user's point of view, there is basically nothing against this. However, since Microsoft uses the Microsoft account in Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365), Windows 10, OneDrive and many other services and the trust in Microsoft regarding data protection is not the best, there are many reservations about bundling all information. With the Microsoft account and Skype, the hurdle would also be removed to record telephone contacts and usage behavior and combine them with the other data.

A previous Skype account cannot be used with these apps. But there is an easy way out. Uninstall the Skype app.

2. Use Skype without a Microsoft account

The first step is to uninstall Skype via the Windows 10 settings under Apps. Make sure that the app is also closed when doing this.

You have to uninstall Skype first in order to be able to use the desktop version later.

In the next step you download Skype as a desktop program from the Skype website. The correct download here is "Skype for Windows" instead of "Skype for Windows 10", as this variant in turn represents the app with the Microsoft account. Skype is also available for Mac and Linux.

Skype for Windows is available as an app and as a classic desktop program.

If you don't have a Skype account yet, you can set up your name and password here. A previous Microsoft account is not required for this.

Create a Skype account.

Install Skype desktop and log in with the Skype account. Microsoft asks for login details, but these can also be a Skype account.

Skype in the desktop version also works without a Microsoft account.

3. Skype on Android and on the iPhone

Skype is also available for mobile phones or tablets under Android and iOS. Here, too, you can sign in with a Skype account.

Skype on iPhone

4. Skype without any software or Microsoft account

Many users are not aware that Skype can also be used directly in the browser without software. You can even use Skype for free and without an account by selecting the "Discuss Now" function from the website. You do not have to register for this. Skype creates a link that you can share with friends via Messenger or email in order to call up to 99 participants for up to 24 hours free of charge. If the recipients open the address in the link, they can participate in the chat without a password:

Skype can be used without an account via the website.

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