Login to multiple Skype accounts via shortcuts

Aug 20, 2011   //   by Leon   //   Blog  //  8 Comments


You have more than one Skype account and need to be able to login to both accounts simultaneously.


  • Navigate to the Skype folder. Usually something like: C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone
  • Right click on Skype.exe > Click Create shortcut. If necessary save the shortcut to the Desktop
  • Right click on the newly created shortcut > Click Rename and give the shortcut an appropriate name (e.g. Personal)
  • Once again right click on the shortcut > Click Properties and enter the following into the Target field, changing  USERNAME and PASSWORD for your Skype username and password:
    "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /secondary /nosplash /username=USERNAME /password=PASSWORD /legacylogin
    ***Note – Make sure this is pasted without any line breaks
    /legacylogin is only necessary for Windows XP and Vista
  • Change the Run field to Minimized
  • Click Apply and then Click OK
  • Repeat the process above for any other Skype accounts you have
  • Finally, right click on each of the shortcuts created and Click Pin to Taskbar
  • Your shortcuts should now be operational

Understanding the Target command

“C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe” /secondary  /nosplash /username=USERNAME /password=PASSWORD /legacylogin

The first part of the command is the full path to the Skype programme and must be surrounded with inverted commas.

The first command option is /secondary. This option allows you to open an additional instance of Skype.

The second command option is /nosplash. This option prevents Skype’s splash screen displaying on start-up.

The third command option is /username. This option allows you to set your username.

The forth command option is /password. This option allows you to set your password.

The fifth command option is /legacylogin. This option has become necessary since Skype on Windows XP and Windows Vista




  • Worked perfect! Thanks Leon!

  • thanks 🙂

  • Is it possible to encrypt password? Because I think its security risk to enter plain password in target field

    • I’m also looking for a way to get secondary skype auto-login to work with a microsoft account instead of a skype ID. Did you find a solution?

  • Thanks for the method, but have you got the same command to connect with Microsoft account? Because with username command, program connect with skype ID.

  • How to login the third account?

    • /secondary is fine for tertiary or quaternary accounts. It basically just tells skype to ignore that fact that other skype windows are already open.

  • Good and nicely presented hint
    /password is not supported by Skype any more and is ignored. You have to provide credentials manually.

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