How to run multiple Skype version 8.x?

When the new Skype (that is, version 8 or higher) was released, users found that the program no longer supported the command line parameters that allowed to start several accounts at the same time or to create a portable Skype. In fact, not everything is as sad as it seems, and at the request of users, I decided to tell about the parameters of the command line in the new Skype. As a matter of fact, I planned to collect more information first and only then publish the article, but since they have already switched to the new Skype or are planning to do it, I’ll have to tell only what I know and checked by myself (at the same time, other useful information may also come up).

The old command to start secondary Skype is no longer support in Skype version 8 or higher.

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\Skype.exe" /secondary


Each time you click on the shortcut, it’s only open the current instance.

To start multiple accounts:

First, you must create a folder in D:\Temp\skype\your_login_name or wherever you want. Duplicate the current Skype Shortcut on the desktop.

Right click on the shortcut created > Properties add the following line to the Target

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\Skype.exe" --secondary --datapath="D:\Temp\skype\your_login_name"


Almost done, double-click on the New Skype Shortcut you will see Skype will be opened in a new instance. The #1 is the current Skype, the #2 one is the new created Skype


You can also check in the folder D:\Temp\skype\your_login_name, Skype created folders, files for New Instance.


That’s it. Thank you for reading.

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