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I installed pidgin because I wanted to sync my MS account through Skype (as it is one with Microsoft).

After installing Skype in Pidgin I add an account. In the modify window there's a Basic tab, Advanced tab and a Proxy tab. I didn't touch Advanced or Proxy just the Basic tab. I choose Skype (HTTP) on the Protocol, type my username & password & check the box. After that, it says that it had an error.

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Now, I don't know what to do to enable my account through pidgin. I log in my Skype through web browser and still can't connect. What should I do?

  • I installed pidgin. I wanted to sync my MS acct with it since Skype is connected with Microsoft. Now I'm getting this error message: "Failed to getting magic T value." – Mello Hat Dec 1 '16 at 8:47
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    There's a nice flowchart for skypeweb that you can check. It covers questions like, are you using the latest version, are you using two-factor authentication, is there maybe something Skype needs to you to do (accept a new version of the TOS), etc. – Henning Kockerbeck Dec 1 '16 at 11:47
  • @MelloHat: Unfortunately that is too vague. Please edit your question to describe every step in detail that you took to set up Skype for Pidgin and to connect to it. – David Foerster Dec 1 '16 at 16:32
  • @HenningKockerbeck I followed the flowchart but still no progress. All I did is to delete and add account, just configure the my pidgin and didn't touch the other tabs. – Mello Hat Dec 5 '16 at 0:46
  • @Zanna Thank you for editing my question...Still got stuck on my pidgin. I still can't configure it out. – Mello Hat Dec 5 '16 at 0:47
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Logging into web.skype.com fixed this issue for me and others. After you should be able to login via pidgin. I believe this resets the token and or once the security check has been completed on web.skype.com it no longer blocks pidgin.

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If your password contains certain special characters (\, ', ", and possibly others), you will get this error message. Removing these problematic characters from your password (or escaping them with \ when you enter your password in pidgin or bitlbee) will solve the problem.

I found this solution here. This thread might also cover your problem if it is a different one.

Also, as pointed out by @Henning Kockerbeck, there is a helpful flowchart here.

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