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How to Add or Remove Accounts in People App in Windows 8 and 8.1

information   Information
The People app is a Store app that is included by default in Windows 8. It helps to bring all your contacts together in one place. See what’s new with your friends, and join in the conversation by adding your own comments and updates. You can quickly add your email contacts, your social networks, the people you follow on Facebook, Twitter, and more to one central contact list when you use the People app.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove email and social network accounts from your People app in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

Note   Note
When you remove an account from People, it will only remove that account's contacts and updates from People and doesn't delete any contacts from the original account. You’ll still be able to get to them when you directly sign in to that account online. For example, removing a Facebook (social network) or email account.


As of January 30, 2013, Google no longer supports new EAS (Exchange ActiveSync) connections in some scenarios, so how you add contacts to the People app might change. For more info, see How to sync Google services with Windows.




People App Accounts - Add or Remove in Windows 8 OPTION ONE People App Accounts - Add or Remove in Windows 8
To Add an Account to People App in Windows 8

NOTE: If you sign in to Windows 8 with a Microsoft account, then your account is automatically added to the People app by default.

1. On the Start screen, click/tap on the People app to open it.

2. While in the People app, open the Charms bar, click/tap on the Settings charm, click/tap on Accounts. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on Add an account. (see screenshot below)

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4. Click/tap on an account that you have one with and would like to add to People, and do step 5 or 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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5. To Add an Email Account to People
NOTE: For example: Hotmail, Outlook, Google

A) Enter your account's credentials, click/tap on Connect, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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6. To Add a Social Network Account to People

NOTE: For example: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Sina Weibo

A) Click/tap on Connect. (see screenshot below)

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B) Enter your account's credentials, check the Keep me logged in box, and click/tap on Log in twice. (see screenshots below)

NOTE: If you had previously added this social account (ex: Facebook), then you will see step 6C below instead. You can use the Manage this account online option for this account from step 5A in OPTION TWO below to change these connection settings.

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C) Click/tap on Done when finished, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. The account and all of it's contacts will now be added to People when it has finished syncing after a few moments.

Tip   Tip
If the account is not added after a while, then close and reopen the People app to sync again.

If People still fails to sync and add the account, then uninstall People, install People ("Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging" app) again, and open People to let it sync and add the account.








People App Accounts - Add or Remove in Windows 8 OPTION TWO People App Accounts - Add or Remove in Windows 8
To Remove an Account from People App in Windows 8

1. On the Start screen, click/tap on the People app to open it.

2. While in the People app, open the Charms bar, click/tap on the Settings charm, click/tap on Accounts. (see screenshot below)

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3.
Click/tap on an account that you would like to remove from People, and do step 4 or 5 below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You will not be able to remove your Microsoft account ("Your Account") that you sign in to Windows 8 with from People.

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4. To Remove an Email Account from People
NOTE:
For example: Hotmail, Outlook, Google

A) Click/tap on Remove account. (see screenshot below)

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B) Select (click/tap on) to remove this account from People on "All my synced PCs" (PCs you sign in to with the same Microsoft account) or only "This PC", and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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5. To Remove a Social Network Account from People

NOTE: For example: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Sina Weibo

A) Click/tap on Manage this account online. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This will take you to the "Manage your accounts" page for this social account in your online Microsoft account settings in your default browser.

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B) Click/tap on the Remove this connection completely link. (see screenshot below)

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C) Click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

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D) Close your browser, and go to step 6 below.

6. The account and all of it's contacts will now be removed from People when it has finished syncing after a few moments.



That's it,
Shawn