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How to run multiple Skype accounts at the same time?

Many users have or wish to have multiple Skype accounts, but few of them know how to run two or more Skype accounts simultaneously on the same computer. The problem is that by default, the Skype shortcut does not launches additional instance of the program, but switches to the already running, and thus, to switch to another account you need to close the current and launch the needed. In this article, by providing very simple instructions will teach you how to run two or multiple Skype accounts at the same time.

Type your Skype username and click «Get instructions»:

Save account settings in a separate folder

  1. Right-click on desktop (or inside desired folder) and choose «New», then click «Shortcut».

  2. As the location of the item paste the following command, and click «Next»:
    "%ProgramFiles%\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /secondary /username:skype_login

  3. Enter the name of shortcut (eg Skype.exe) and click «Finish».

  4. Now on your desktop will appears a new shortcut — double-clicking on it will launch Skype with your username. You can copy the shortcut to any folder, or if you want to automatically launch it at Windows starts up, copy the shortcut to the folder:
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

How does it work?

The Skype supports a very useful command line option: “/secondary” which allows to run multiple instances of Skype at the same time, we just need to pass it to the Skype.exe, using a shortcut or the command line. To tell which Skype login we want to use, we should specify the “/username” option.

As a result, we obtain the following command:
"%ProgramFiles%\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /secondary /username:skype_login

For convenience, we can save this command as a shortcut which launches Skype: right-click on the desktop and select the «New» and then click «Shortcut». Now, it remains to enter the above command as the item path and type the shortcut name.

Why Skype.exe cannot be found?

If during shortcut creation you get the “The file Skype.exe cannot be found” error, it means that Skype is installed elsewhere. Locate the installation folder and manually change the path of the item. For example, instead of:


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