How do you set things up so you are signed into MSN Messenger using two
different accounts at the same time? I have an account with my new friends, but
I also have an account that I use with others that I want to talk to at the
You’re not alone. I get this question frequently. Sadly, MSN Messenger, or
it’s lesser twin Windows Messenger, simply don’t allow you to do this. At least
But, as they say, we have ways of letting you talk.
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MSN Messenger only allows you to run one instance at a time, and that one
instance can only log in as a single user. The same is true for Windows
Messenger. The upshot is that each of these simply cannot use multiple accounts
at the same time.
At least not on their own.
And therein lies the answer.
appeals to you.”
You can run MSN Messenger at the same time as Windows Messenger, and each
could be logged into a different account. Or for that matter, you could use
MSN’s web-based messenger service in addition to either, or both, of the
instant messaging applications.
Or, you could use Trillian, Gaim or perhaps other IM clients. Trillian and
Gaim are multi-protocol instant messaging clients that allow you to use a
single program to talk to MSN, AIM, Yahoo and other IM buddies. These can be
run along side the IM clients mentioned so far, so you could, for example, use
Trillian to talk using one account, and MSN Messenger to talk using
And finally, Trillian actually supports multiple accounts natively. You can
configure it with two (or presumably more) MSN identities, and chat at the same
time using both.
You can even chat with yourself, if that kind of thing appeals to you.