I have installed the Skype-App for Windows 8 and a friend logged in first with his account. Now I want to log him out to log in myself with my account but there is no Logout option. I tried to uninstall and then re-install the app but then my friend is still logged in with his account.

How can I log out from the Skype-App for Windows 8?

  • Your friend logged into your account? What exactly is your question?
    – Ramhound
    Oct 29 '12 at 21:22
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    In the future, you should create a separate account for your friend.
    – SLaks
    Oct 29 '12 at 21:23
  • @Ramhound: He's asking how to re-log-in as the correct Skype user.
    – SLaks
    Oct 29 '12 at 21:23
  • my question is: how can i log out at the skype app
    – Paedow
    Oct 29 '12 at 21:23
  • There should be an option to switch which account you log into.
    – Ramhound
    Oct 29 '12 at 21:27

While using Skype press Win+C (charms bar) then click Settings and in app Options you will be able to logout.

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  • I got the newest version of Skype app, but no such option?
    – Matsemann
    Nov 2 '12 at 18:29
  • It only shows up if you are already logged in, otherwise you won't see it. BTW: I'm using the latest version too.
    – vhanla
    Nov 2 '12 at 19:52
  • with my version of skype it also works (i dunno which version i have -.-)
    – Paedow
    Nov 3 '12 at 0:05
  • Will this also unlink Microsoft and Skype accounts that have been linked, or just allow you to log in with another acc?
    – Matsemann
    Nov 3 '12 at 10:13
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    This only works if you are logged with a local windows account. Feb 9 '13 at 21:22

The Skype account has been linked with your Microsoft Account. At the time, there is no way to remove this link.

Found this on Skype forum: Unlinking Microsoft Account

Please contact Skype customer service as they can help you unmerging Microsoft accounts that were merged with a Skype account incorrectly.


The page Why is Skype for Windows 8 always on? explains that you can't, because this way, Skype can be used as a phone.

The best way to answer those questions is with a metaphor. Imagine you had a mobile phone but every time someone wanted to call or text message you they had to find a way to tell you to turn on your phone. It wouldn’t be very useful, if they had a way to tell you to turn your phone on, they wouldn’t need to call you.

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    This is a joke feature and terrible explanation. I'm the one who decide whether people should call me or not, or either I want to Log out or not. Even with my mobile I'm disabling it (airplane mode) when I'm busy at work or before going to sleep, but the different with phone is that it's possible.
    – kenorb
    Mar 10 '16 at 11:03

Only way I've found to effectively "sign out" is to kill the application. Hit Win+X to open the administrative context menu, choose Task Manager, then locate Skype in the list of processes and end it.

You can't sign out of Skype without signing in as someone else so once Skype has started you have to kill the application or reboot the machine. vhanla's gif shows you go to options to sign out but that "option" is now under profile. Seems the Skype metro app has a ways to go.

  • this one worked for me :D
    – Joyal
    Nov 23 '13 at 10:25

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