How to Run Multiple Skype Accounts in Various OS

I have two Skype accounts (one for work and another for family) and I love to connect to both of them whenever I am working behind the computer. However, the restriction of the Skype client, regardless of the OS that you are using, only allows you to login to one account at a time. If you are keen to run multiple Skype accounts on your desktop, here is the workaround.

Assuming that you already have a Skype session session running:

In Linux, press “Alt + F2″ to open a launcher.

Type:

skype --secondary

This will launch a second instance of the Skype client where you can login to another Skype account.

In Windows, press “Windows key + R” to launch the Run dialog. Type:

"C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /secondary

If you are running the 64-bit version of Skype, use this command instead:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /secondary

In Mac, there is no simple workaround to launch multiple instances of Skype client. The easiest way is to use the app – Multi Skype Launcher to open a second instance of Skype.

skype-multiple-instances-mac

Download the Multi Skype Launcher app, extract it and click on it. It will prompt you to enter your password. Once that is done, you will see a second Skype client show up in your Mac. You can then login to the secondary account.

For both Windows and Linux, it is best that you create a desktop shortcut with the command so you can launch it easily. For Mac, you just have to place the “Multi Skype Launcher” in a handy position. Enjoy!

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