Many people have multiple Skype accounts, one for official use and another one for personal use. But Skype doesn’t offer an obvious way to use multiple accounts at the same time.
Don’t worry you can sign into two or more Skype accounts at once by following a few tips and tricks.
You don’t have to log out and log back in — you can sign into as many Skype accounts as you want via the web, Windows, Mac, or Linux Skype applications.
A user can sign into one Skype account using the version that is running in your computer and at the same time log into web.skype.com and connect to Skype using another account at the same time.
The web version even supports voice and video chats on Windows and Mac OS X.
To use even more user accounts, you could open your browser’s incognito or private-browsing mode and sign into Skype from there — you could have one account signed in in normal-browsing mode and a second in private-browsing mode.
Or, use multiple different web browsers (or even browser profiles) to sign into as many different accounts as you want on Skype for web.
In the Run window, type the following command (including the quotes) and press OK: For 32-bit operating systems:
“C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe” /secondary
For 64-bit operating systems:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe” /secondary If you get an error message, copy and paste the exact command from this page and try again.
Be aware that if you’ve changed the installation path for Skype, then you’ll need to enter the correct path for the Skype.exe file.
If the above solution fails, you can try another option:
Find the Skype.exe file in C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\ if you’re running a 32-bit operating system. If you’re running 64-bit operating system, you can find the file in C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone.
Right-click the file and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).
Locate the shortcut on your desktop, then right-click it and select Properties.
In the Target field of the Shortcut tab, add /secondary to the end of the path.
The Target field should now be “C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe” /secondary. Click OK.
You can now start a new instance of Skype every time you double-click the new shortcut.
Common methods for doing this recomend you use the “sudo” command to run Skype as the root (administrator) account — don’t do that, it’s a very bad idea for security.
You could create a secondary user account for each version of Skype you want to use, but there’s a better, cleaner option that makes each Skype program run under your same user account.
Rather than creating a new user account for Skype, you can run additional copies of Skype on your same user account and point each of them at a different data folder.
Launch a Terminal and run the following command:
open -na /Applications/Skype.app –args -DataPath /Users/$(whoami)/Library/Application\ Support/Skype2
To sign into a third copy of Skype, replace “Skype2” with “Skype3” and run the command again.
Repeat this process as many times as you need to.
Thanks to Matthew Scharley on Super User for this trick.
Skype also offers a secondary option on Linux.
To open another Skype instance, launch a terminal (or press Alt+F2 to access your desktop’s run dialog), and run either of the following commands:
Run the command again to open even more Skype instances.