How to Create a Skype Account

In order to use Skype, you'll have to sign up for a Skype account.  This will give you a unique name that people on Skype can find and use to contact you, and vice-versa.  Don't worry; signing up for a Skype account won't cost you any money.

How to sign up for a Skype account

  1. Find the Skype program icon on your desktop and open it by double-clicking the left mouse button on it.

  2. When you open Skype, you'll be prompted to sign in with either your Skype Name or your Microsoft Account (e.g. if you have a Hotmail email account).  Let's assume that you have neither; in that case, click Create an Account at the bottom.

  3. You will be taken to a page on Skype's website where you can create your account.  Click in all of the fields marked with an asterisk (*) and type in, or select from the drop-down menu:

    - your first name
    - your last name
    - your email address
    - your email address again, to confirm it
    - the country or region that you live in
    - the language that you primarily use

    You can fill in any other details, such as your date of birth or gender, if you wish.

  4. Further down the page, click in the fields marked with an asterisk (*) and type in your Skype Name (Skype will let you know if it's already taken), a password for your account, and a repeat of that password to confirm it.

    Finally, click in the box that says "Type the Text above Here" and type in the letters or numbers that you see in the picture.  This is a security check to make sure that you aren't a computer program trying to mass-produce fake accounts.

    You can fill in any other details that you wish.  When you're ready to move on, click I Agree - Continue.

That's pretty much it!  Congratulations on creating your Skype account!


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