How to Open Two Skypes at the Same Time

Written by david koenig
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Ordinarily, if you sign in to Skype on a computer, you simply return to the same open application when you try to open it a second time. To log in on separate accounts at the same time via the same PC, you need to run "multiple instances" of Skype. The process is simple on a computer running Windows.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Skype and sign in. You now have one instance of Skype open on your PC.

  2. 2

    Click "Start," then type the following into the search box, including quotation marks: "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /secondary

  3. 3

    Press "Enter." A second instance of Skype will open, allowing you to sign in simultaneously with another user name and password.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are running Windows XP, hold the "Windows" button and "R" at the same time, or click "Start" and then "Run," to open the "Run" box and type the command.

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