Most of us, if not all, separate our online identity. Most of us have two or more email IDs to separate work and personal stuff. Similarly, you may also have more than one Skype account to separate work and personal stuff. And in that case you might wonder how to run two skype instances at the same time.
In this quick tutorial I’ll show you how to use multiple Skype accounts simultaneously in Ubuntu 14.04. Though I said Ubuntu but it is applicable to any Linux system. Here is how to do it:
Run multiple Skype in Ubuntu 14.04:
I assume you have Skype installed in Ubuntu 14.04. Sign in to your Skype account as you do normally.
To run another Skype, press Alt+F2 and type the following command:
Alt+F2 is used for running commands in Ubuntu. You can use terminal as well, your choice really. Using this will open a new instance of Skype where you can log in with your other user id.
Alternative: If you are not comfortable in pressing Alt+F2 keys, you can use terminal to run multiple Skype at the same time in Linux. Open a terminal and use the following command in it:
skype --secondary &
It’s same as the previous one. Only difference is that you had to open a terminal just for this. Just for your information, the ‘&’ in the previous command will run the program in background. So, n case you want to use terminal for some other purpose, you can do so easily. If you run the same commands again and again, you will have more and more instances of Skype open in it.
In the picture below, I have two instances of Skype opened. I have logged in one of the two while the second one at login screen. You can see multiple instances of Skype in the top panel as well:
That’s it. It was easy, wasn’t it? Now multiple users can easily log in to Skype at the same time. Any questions or suggestion? Feel free to drop a comment below. Ciao :)