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How can I run multiple Skype accounts at the same time?

It’s possible to run more than one Skype account on your computer at the same time. This might be useful if you have, for example, a Skype account you use for work and another account just for personal use. If you want to be signed in to both accounts at the same time, you need to start a new instance of Skype.

Be aware that if you have multiple instances of Skype running, you may need to use the Task Manager to close Skype.

To run another instance of Skype on Windows desktop:

  1. Press the Windows  and R keys on your keyboard at the same time.
  2. In the Run window, type %programfiles(x86)%/skype/phone/ and click OK.

    If you get an error, try again but this time type %programfiles%/skype/phone/ in the Run window.
  3. Right-click the Skype.exe file and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).

  4. Find the shortcut you just created on your desktop, then right-click it and select Properties.
  5. On the Shortcut tab, in the Target field add /secondary to the end of the path. The Target field should now read "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /secondary (or "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /secondary if you’re running a 64-bit operating system).

  6. Click OK. Now each time you double-click the Skype shortcut on your desktop, it opens a new instance of Skype.

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