How to Run Two Skype Accounts at the Same Time

Skype has become a mandatory tool for Internet marketers.  It helps you keep in close contact with partners, colleagues, and even customers… but sometimes it can be overwhelming.

As much as a blessing Skype is, it can also be a major distraction.  Having hundreds of contacts and getting dozens of messages an hour can be very time consuming.  Even if you don’t respond to all of them, you still need to sift through the links to funny YouTube videos and pictures of grandkids to find the message that are important to your business.

There is a solution.

Most people don’t realize you can have more than one Skype account AND run them both, simultaneously.  You can now prioritize your contacts by having your primary business relationships on one account and your less important contacts on another.

To use more than one Skype account on the same computer at the same time you need to start a new instance of Skype. 

  1. From the Windows taskbar, click Start > Run (or press the Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time)
  2. In the Run window, enter the following command (include the quotes) and press OK:“C:\Program Files\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 have changed the installation path for Skype then you will need to enter the correct path for the Skype.exe file.

If this solution fails, you can try another option:

  1. Find the Skype executable file (Skype.exe) in: C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\ 
  2. Right click on it and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut)
  3. Locate the shortcut on the desktop, then right-click on it and select Properties
  4. In the Target field, add: /secondary. The Target field should now be “C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe” /secondary
  5. Click OK. You can now start a new instance of Skype every time you double-click the new shortcut.
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