How to Sign Into Two or More Skype Accounts at Once

Skype doesn’t offer an obvious way to use multiple accounts at the same time. 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.

This may be helpful if you have separate Skype accounts for personal use and work, for example. No such tricks are available for Android, iPhone, or iPad — you’re stuck with a single account on the mobile Skype apps.

Web

This has become easier now that there’s a web version of Skype available. The web version even supports voice and video chats on Windows and Mac OS X.

If you’re already running Skype on your computer, you can simply open the Skype web app at web.skype.com and log in with a secondary user account. You’ll then be using two different Skype accounts at the same time.

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.

Windows

To launch a second Skype application on Windows, press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog, copy-paste the below command into it, and press Enter.

On a 64-bit version of Windows — you’re probably using a 64-bit version of Windows — run the following command:

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

On a 32-bit version of Windows, run the following command:

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

You can repeat this process to open a third, fourth, and other additional copies of Skype. Sign into each Skype window with a new account.

(If you installed Skype to a different folder on your computer instead of the default one, you’ll have to change the above commands to point at the Skype.exe file on your computer.)

You can create a shortcut to make this easier. Open a File Explorer or Windows Explorer window and navigate to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\” on a 64-bit version of Windows or “C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\” on a 32-bit version. Right-click the Skype.exe file and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).

Go to your desktop, right-click the Skype shortcut you created, and select Properties. In the Target box, add /secondary to the end. For example, on a 64-bit version of Windows, it should look like:

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

Give the shortcut a name like “Skype (Second Account)”. You can keep double-clicking this shortcut to open additional instances of Skype.

Mac

Skype doesn’t offer a built-in way to do this on Mac OS X as it does on Windows. 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.

Linux

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:

skype -s

skype –secondary

Run the command again to open even more Skype instances. As on Windows and Mac, you can sign into each Skype window with a separate user account.


To do this on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device, you’ll need to sign out of one account in Skype before signing into another. There’s no way to run multiple Skype apps at a time on Android or iOS.

Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around computer geek. He's as at home using the Linux terminal as he is digging into the Windows registry. Connect with him on Google+.