Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
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Switch a local account to a Microsoft account

With a Microsoft account, you get the best cloud-connected experience, free online storage, and more. Follow these steps to switch the local account on your Surface to a Microsoft account.


When you use a Microsoft account to sign in to your Surface, in addition to cloud storage, you get entertainment, apps in the Windows Store, and you can connect your devices and accounts seamlessly. If you already use a Windows Phone or services like Xbox, Outlook.com, OneDrive (previously known as SkyDrive), then you already have a Microsoft account.

Not sure if you have a Microsoft account?

If you’ve used Microsoft services in the past—like Xbox, Hotmail, Outlook.com, OneDrive, Skype or Windows Phone—you already have a Microsoft account (it's the email address you use to sign in). If you can't remember the email address you used with those services, that's okay—you can sign up for a new, free email address.

To check whether you're signed in with a Microsoft account

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings.)
Step 2:  Tap or click Change PC settings, then tap or click Accounts.
Step 3:  Tap or click Your account, and look to see which kind of account you're signed in with. It will either be:
  • A Microsoft account. If you're already signed in with a Microsoft account, your name and email address appear above your account picture.
    or
  • A local account. If you're signed in with a local account, you'll see the words Local Account below your name, along with the Connect to a Microsoft account link.

Switch your local account to a Microsoft account

If you're signed in with a local account, there are several ways you can switch to a Microsoft account on your Surface.

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings).
Step 2:  Tap or click Change PC settings, then tap or click Accounts.
Step 3:  Tap or click Your account, then tap or click Connect to a Microsoft account.
You might be asked to verify your current password.
Step 4:  Then, choose one of the following:

Option 1: Connect to an existing Microsoft account

Even if you’re not signed in to your PC with a Microsoft account, you might already have one if you use other Microsoft services like Xbox, Hotmail, Outlook.com or Skype. Your Microsoft account is the email address you use to sign in to those services.
Enter the email address and password you use to sign in to other Microsoft services, tap or click Next and follow the instructions.

Switch to a Microsoft account

Option 2: Sign up with the email address you use most often

If you haven’t used Microsoft services in the past, you can use any email address you want to sign up for a new Microsoft account, including addresses from Outlook.com, Yahoo! or Gmail. To use your favourite email address:

Step 1: Enter the email address you want to use, then tap or click Create a new account.
Step 2: Follow the instructions to fill out your personal and security info, and you're all set.
Set up a Microsoft account

Option 3: Get a new email address

If you want to start fresh and get a brand-new email address to use as your Microsoft account, you can get one for free:

Step 1: Tap or click Create a new account.
Step 2: Follow the instructions to fill out your personal and security info for a new email address, and you're ready to go.
Set up a Microsoft email address

What if you have more than one Microsoft account?

If you have more than one Microsoft account, you’ll need to choose one for your Surface. To work out which Microsoft account to use, see Choose a Microsoft account.

For more info about Microsoft accounts, see What is a Microsoft account?

If you are new to Surface, check out our getting started info:



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