Wherever Microsoft products go, Microsoft accounts follow. The truth is Microsoft branded services cover every corner of the globe and it seems without a Microsoft account, you can’t be part of that offer. To gain access to Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive, Windows Phone, Xbox Live, or Outlook.com, a Windows Live ID, or Microsoft account, is a must.
Sign in with Your Microsoft Account Instructions
If you already have a Xbox Live ID, Hotmail or SkyDrive ID, you have your Microsoft account. That’s one account for everything. Your Microsoft account can be connected to services like facebook, twitter or LinkedIn so that all you care about is in one place wherever you are. Once you signed in, you can use your Microsoft account to download any access apps, games, music and videos as well as back up your files and connect with your friends.
To sign in, open account.live.com (Click the link in the Reference Links at the bottom of this page to visit this site directly) and enter your username and password. Click “Can’t access your account” to reset your password by entering your Microsoft account and the characters you see (or words you hear). You can choose to check the box to the right of “Keep me signed in” and then click “Sign in”. Don’t have an account yet?
- Hit “Sign up now” and provide your basic information. You can either enter your phone number or choose a secret question in case you lose your password.
- Click “I accept” and your Microsoft account is thus created. Now you can view your account summary.
- You may need to verify your email address by clicking “Send Mail”.
- Go to your email box to verify your email address.
- On the left are Overview where you can edit display name, personal info, add or change aliases, change password, edit security info, or close account, Notifications, Permissions and Billing.
- If your Microsoft account is not active in a minimum of every 270 days, your access to Microsoft branded services will be canceled.
You can use a single-use code instead of your password to sign in. This method helps keep your account information secure if you sign in on a public computer. When you request a single-use code, you will receive it in a text message on the mobile phone you’ve added to your Microsoft account. The number of times you can request a code each day are limited. Click “Sign in with a single-use code”.
If you obtain your Microsoft account from some platforms other than Microsoft, the third party has the ability to reset your password, view your account usage or profile data, read or store content in your account, or suspend or cancel your Microsoft account.
Go to Help Center if you have problems with your account sign-in and sign-up, privacy and safety, or profile. If you suspect your Microsoft account has been hacked or taken over, please visit Live Help.