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Windows Live Messenger is designed to only allow one person to login at a time. There are several ways to sidestep this limitation.

Can I log into to two MSN Instant Messenger accounts at the same time? I want to be able to chat using two IDs simultaneously.

The answer is both no and yes.

MSN Instant Messenger, now called Windows Live Messenger, is designed to support only one account at a time. That means if you login to a second account, you have to log out of the first.

But there are a couple of tricks that, while not elegant, can work.

Certainly if you have two computers you can login using different MSN IM accounts on each. That's easy, but probably not what you were really looking for.

There are several tricks you can try, though, that I think will get you there.

Windows versus MSN Instant Messenger Windows Instant Messenger, the IM program that comes installed with Windows XP is not the same as MSN Instant Messenger. However, even though they have different feature sets, they talk to the same instant messaging service. (You can read more about the difference between all the messengers here.) So you can run Windows Instant Messenger and MSN Instant Messenger side by side, and login to different accounts on each.

MSN Web Messenger MSN provides a web-based version of their instant messaging client at http://webmessenger.msn.com/. You can login to one account using Web Messenger, and login to a different one using your IM client software of choice.

"Trillian allows you to login to multiple accounts simultaneously using separate identities."

Other Clients There are other instant messaging client programs out there that work with MSN Instant Messenger. Specifically, you could install programs like Pidgin (formerly known as Gaim) or Trillian as additional IM clients, and log into separate accounts using each.

Other Clients, Part II Trillian allows you to login to multiple accounts simultaneously using separate identities. So in a sense, you can do exactly what you're looking for from a single application. As I write this, my copy of Trillian is logged into two separate MSN Instant Messenger accounts, and I can IM myself between the two. Other IM clients might also offer this feature.

So there you have it. You could log into at least different IM accounts at once using the different approaches I've listed here, or a virtually unlimited number of accounts using programs that support it, such as Trillian.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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19 Comments
ritch0s
April 15, 2007 5:56 PM

A program called Messenger Plus (http://www.msgpluslive.net/) allows this. The feature is called Polygamy and it allows multiple MSNs (or windows live messengers) to run at the same time on the same computer. This is an UN-official patch/add-on and it has an optional ad-support which helps the programmer to keep it in development (you choose ads or not at install). There are also many other interesting features in the programs such as tabbed chats which may be liked.
To run multiple MSNs just run the program again (click the shortcut) and another sign in window will come up allowing you to sign in with a different account.

kiko
April 21, 2007 3:20 AM

messpatch from www.mess.be also allows this as well as removing/disabling many annoyances - and can be used in combination with Messengerplus! to actually make MSN a decent IM client

Eli Coten
April 21, 2007 3:05 PM

Pidgin also allows you to login to multiple MSN Accounts at once.

PEDRO
August 19, 2007 5:01 PM

Is it possible to access one live messenger or messenger account from 2 sites simultaneously

Roland tan
September 21, 2007 9:45 PM

Hi,
can I log in same account using two different computer? ( without the other one loggin off ) Is there a programme to do that ---please email me at [Email Address Removed]

Nishant
February 26, 2008 7:20 AM

Try this link. You can do lot of stuffs which you never think.
http://www.msgshit.com/

Gary Dietzen
March 3, 2008 8:37 PM

My wife bought a computer for herself and we want to know how to manage a second computer. Do we have to get her a separate e-mail address and can we both work on the internet at the same time and do we need to get a second service provider?

Ade Rickus
May 11, 2008 3:26 AM

Messenger 9 will allow you to log into 2 PC's from the same account, how this will work, im not sure, but its a feature beng tested at present, but doesnt work on the current beta

Microsoft also allows you to link 2 accounts through hotmail, again how this works Im usure, but its an option from your inbox

Mick
January 25, 2009 10:04 PM

with the latest version of windows live messenger 2009 (Build 14.0.8050.1202) there is an option in the tools menu for what to do in the event that your account is accessed from another location. it gives you the option to either log you out of your session when you log on somewhere else or to keep you logged in at multiple locations and notify you of connections to your account.

alessio
February 17, 2009 10:40 AM

hi i cant understand this is this program free ... i rember i had an msn version and when i keep pressing they keep on pop up .. whir that version i could sign in whit 10 emails or more can you tell me the name of the version plsss

Felipe Solorzano
February 18, 2009 6:35 PM

Just go to meebo.com this is a website were you can log into MSN accounts, Myspace IM, Yahoo Im, etc. All thses sources at the same time, having only one contact list.

Louise
February 28, 2009 4:22 AM

i kno how to log into multiple accounts at the same time
u must have Windows Plus!
go to Windows Plus!

go to Windows Plus! features
then
Preferences
then
Cusomize
then
Multiple accounts

Barcillo
March 24, 2009 12:29 PM

As Louise said, Messenger (not windows) Plus is an option.
There are more options like this: Messpatch, poligamy, stuffPlug, etc. However, some of these may be against MSN policies. You can find more information at Mess.be
Have care when installing Messenger Plus, since by default it comes bundled with advertizing software. It has a CLEAR option not to install it, but you have to select not to do it.

Misbah Uddin
April 25, 2009 3:36 PM

As one can have up to 5 aliases in a single account of Yahoo.
Can I have same with Hotmail account ?
Plz tell me

ATAUR
August 10, 2009 12:03 PM

HI,

i USED MY FRIEND COMPUTER AND AFTER FORGOT TO SIGNOUT,
AFTER HE SEND ME A MESSAGE THAT i MAY USE MY MSN ACCOUNT IN TWO COMPUTER, i MISTAKENLY CHECED "YES"
AND HE CHANGE MY PICTURE AND LEFT SOME DIRTY NOTES ON MY MESSENGER NOW HOW CAN i CHANGE TO JUST ONE COMPUTER, i HAVE ALREADY CHANGED MY PASSWORD

a well wishing bloke
August 27, 2009 9:56 AM

all of you guys: MEEBO! I just discovered it and it is a heaven's mana! It works everywhere. EVERYWHERE. (well still have to test at another paranoid company...) Forget all other stuff, if you are behind a company firewall even a portable version (thinstall) of Pidgin or Trillian (by the way - you pay for Trillian services) will not (WILL NOT) work on some of them. Meebo works! Oh how it works.... Multiple accounts on almost any imaginable chat/mail network. And if you download its Notifier (and it did install itself even on a seriously restrictive network pc) it's even more of a hug: it sits in your taskbar and notifies you of any messages AND email you choose. I wanted a family email, a wife email, a husband email, and ability for husband and wife to watch all theri own and family accounts simoultaneously. AND to chat privately between themselves. I have been paying bloody 60p/a to get this to work at MSN - UNSUCESSFULLY. For years. (all I get is add-free webmail). A few moments ago I found Meebo. ...TY God, thank you... Meebo.com does it all for free. YO! (btw just visited msgshit.com and it greeted me with a pop-up advert, jeez...) MEEBO MEEBO MEEBO (for as long as it last in it's benevolance)

degrumpf
August 27, 2009 10:08 AM

be careful tho with Meebo Notifier autostart options (right click Meebo Notifier icon in taskbar, Preferences...) and if you are on a hotdesk (public, used by more than one user) pc, you should probably disselect all startup options.
I caried on reading other posts - they all lack in flexibility I found with Meebo - most need admin rights to install for instance. Meebo Notifier DOES NOT.

degrumpf
August 27, 2009 10:27 AM

and one more minor misfortune - no skype account login available throug Meebo, but still a great place

degrumpf
August 27, 2009 10:40 AM

sorry, my fault - multiple yahoo account logins ARE possible (entered wrong pass... :S)

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