After we showed you how to link a Skype ID with a Microsoft account in a previous article, it only seems fair to also explain to you how to unlink them at some point. The need to do this might be related to your desire to link the Skype ID to a different Microsoft account or simply because you want to stop logging into Skype with your Microsoft account. Regardless of the reason for your decision, you have to be careful when unlinking accounts because you will only be able to do this for a limited number of times. So, let's see how to remove the link between your Skype ID and your Microsoft account in just a few easy steps.
NOTE: There are two different starting points for the process of unlinking accounts, either from the Skype for desktop app or from your favorite browser. We will cover both situations in this tutorial and we will use screenshots taken in Windows 10. Still, you should know that the process works the same both in Windows 8.1 and in Windows 10.
How To Unlink Your Skype ID From Your Microsoft Account Using The Skype For Desktop App
Start by opening the Skype for desktop app and and then access your profile by clicking or tapping on your name in the Status Bar.
Then click or tap on Manage.
This action will open a secure area of the Skype website in your main browser. Here you will be able to access several options that allow you to customize your account. To unlink your accounts, scroll down to the Account details area. Then, in the Settings and preferences section, click or tap on Account settings.
In the Account settings page you should find your linked Skype and Microsoft accounts displayed side by side. In the Microsoft account section you'll find the Unlink option. Simply click or tap on it.
After you pressed Unlink, you should be prompted with a message box. It will warn you that you can unlink your Skype and Microsoft accounts only for a limited number of times. Click or tap Continue to finish the unlinking process.
You should see a notification in the top area of the web page which states that the two accounts have been unlinked.
If, unfortunately, you have reached the maximum number of times you can unlink your Microsoft account, you will receive a message that informs you of this problem. The only way to unlink your accounts after you have received this message is to contact Skype Customer Support.
How To Unlink Your Skype Account From Your Microsoft Account Using The Skype Website
It is also possible to unlink your Skype and Microsoft accounts without having to open the Skype for desktop app. To do this, you have to open your preferred browser, go to Skype's website and sign into your account.
Once you've logged in to your Skype account, in order to unlink your Skype ID from your Microsoft account, simply follow the same steps we've shown in the previous section of this tutorial.
We hope this step by step guide will help you easily unlink your Skype ID from your Microsoft account in the Skype for desktop app. The main thing to remember is that you can unlink accounts for a limited number of times by yourself. Also, be careful with the unlinking process because you will stop the integration of Skype with Outlook and split your merged contacts from the two services. If you have any issues during this process, don't hesitate to contact Skype's Customer Support service. They are the only ones that can solve such technical problems in a timely fashion.