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MSN Messenger doesn't allow you to log into multiple accounts, but there are ways to get around this.

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 same time.

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 not directly.

But, as they say, we have ways of letting you talk.

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.

"You can even chat with yourself, if that kind of thing 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 another.

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.

Article C2617 - April 8, 2006 « »

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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April 12, 2006 8:18 AM

or you can just download messpatch which allows polygamy (multiple instances) plus can get rid of ads and lots of other tweaks... highly recommended

June 3, 2006 2:06 PM

I stupidly hit the one user only sign in. And now the messenger starts to fast for me to sign in under my other do I fix??? I've tried to reinstall but it still starts up like lightning and I can't click the line fast enogh to change it...HELP!!!

June 3, 2006 2:07 PM

Just sign out.

June 11, 2006 5:52 PM

"You can even chat with yourself, if that kind of thing appeals to you."

Now that was funny! :)

October 2, 2006 1:29 PM here with out downloading msn you can sign in web msn

October 2, 2006 1:29 PM this too

February 1, 2007 12:24 AM

this toool allow multiple instances (and accounts9 of messenger to run simultaneously ENJOY

August 5, 2007 6:03 AM

you can use a portable version of the program downloadable here
to my knowledge it's legal.

it's a portable version of msn that lets you run it as many times as you want.

August 21, 2007 6:04 PM

The easiest (I promise you) way to run multiple MSN messengers simultaneously in my opinion without installling that polgamy crap which didn't work, is to first:

1.) If you do not have the latest windows installer, install that (if you run windows xp like me), I installed windows installer 3.1 (came with windows server 2003 and later versions) please go here NOW:
Install it and when it's done..

2.) You will want to, no you have to install Windows Live Messenger Beta, go here:
**NOTE: You cannot install this version if you do not I repeat do not have the latest windows installer.

3.) After Windows Live Messenger Beta is installed, log in into one your msn accounts, maximize the msn window and then go to the top and click on Plus!> Preferences...
A window should pop up, go to the Messenger tab and check off the Allow me to connect to several accounts simultaneously. Click ok and you're done.

4.) Make sure you drag your Windows Live Messenger Beta on your desktop, if you haven't done so already. Double click on the WLMB icon and happy msn-ing.

September 11, 2007 8:46 AM

"I dont see any Plus!..."

You have to install Messenger Plus. That step is missing...

Have fun.

December 30, 2007 10:44 AM

There is a software called MSNShell, please go to to download and it free.

The software allow for multiple MSN account sign in at the same time, no limitation.
It also have option to remove MSN ad banner.
I've been using for many years.
Try it.

February 16, 2008 4:35 AM

Gaim is now known as Pidgin. This open source client is impressive and extremely light weight. Sadly it does not support many popular MSN features such as sending custom emoticons.

Michael Chang
February 26, 2008 9:51 PM


June 6, 2008 5:13 AM

install either polygamy or msnshell. msn plus is cancer.

September 17, 2008 8:52 PM

Another good program is A-Patch -

It allows removing of advertisements as well as other neat stuff

March 11, 2009 4:12 PM

well i remember once i dounble clicked on windows live messenger and two sign in screens popped up so ive been signing into 2 msn accounts since

May 27, 2009 9:38 PM

1) Install msn plus
2) when install finish launch yr msn, click on the plus! tab.
3) select preference and options
4) a window widown will pop out, at there select the customize! tab
5) check the all me to connect to several account.
6) now u can launch muti msn by simpily double click the msn exe program.

May 30, 2010 9:10 PM

very useful advice

June 25, 2010 4:41 PM

How can i use Msn messagner on two computers at the same time without being detected from the other computer . As far as i know if you sign in on one computer it notifies you on the other . How can i avoid this ?

You can't.

jade rigby
July 5, 2010 5:11 AM

why is it called msn

MicroSoft Network

June 21, 2012 6:46 AM

hi i added msn plus and still couldnt open more than one account there was no task for me to click on in preferences & options and went into customize and there was only icons for me to change the way it looked can anyone help?

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