Whether you’re a skype-aholic, or just a casual business user, by now you know that the Skype platform has become a fundamental tool for many online businesses.
Combining a blend of text chat, group text chat, one-to-one screen share, and VOIP (audio calls), the tool is infinitely powerful and flexible for networkers and business types alike!
Because it’s also one of THE most stable voice-over-IP (VOIP) options available, many people have settled on it as a primary personal phone line as well!
Sometimes though… one just isn’t enough!
How To Run Two (or More)
Skype Accounts At The Same Time
Thankfully, Skype’s documentation makes it easy for Windows users to run two accounts at the same time.
To use more than one Skype account on the same computer at the same time you need to first fully close and quite Skype.
Follow These Steps:
- Find the Skype executable file (Skype.exe) in: C:Program Files/Skype/Phone
- Right click on it and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut)
- Locate the shortcut on the desktop, then right-click on it and select Properties
- In the Target field, add: /secondary. 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.
For me, since I’m on Windows 7 64 bit, the command target path in my shortcut looks like:
“C:Program Files (x86)/Skype/Phone/Skype.exe” /secondary
Want to run more than 2 skype accounts at once? A user forum post suggests that the command target paths below will allow you to do that.
However, I have not tested this idea but it seems feasible:
1. The targets of your 2 shortcuts should look like this:
(%programfiles% is a variable, use the program files fold your skype app lives in.)
“%programfiles%/skype/phone/skype.exe” /secondary /username:FIRSTACCOUNT /password:FIRSTPASSWORD
“%programfiles%/skype/phone/skype.exe” /secondary /username:SECONDACCOUNT /password:SECONDPASSWORD
2. Clean your profiles folder of old temp files. You may do this by clicking Windows key + R, then paste DEL %appdata%skypetemp*, then click OK. (This step may be skippable.)
3. In your TaskManager (or in ProcessExplorer), check that no instance of skype.exe is still running. Only after all skype.exe have terminated, start again your 2 Skype shortcuts.
Additionally, though I have not tested it, there is a small application called Multi-Skype-Launcher that says it can make this all less techy if you are so inclined.
~ Kim ~
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PS: Please keep in mind that most rooted smart phones and almost every VOIP system are unable to place emergency type 911 calls. These systems are no replacement for a land-line in an emergency.