Google Talk: Run Multiple Instances or Log In as Multiple Users

Posted August 24, 2005 by MickeyMouse in Google

If you have several Google Talk accounts, you may want to run multiple instances of Google Talk at once. Here is how to do it.


Many users, including myself, like to have several different personalities on IM. By default, Google Talk will only allow you to run one instance of the program at a time. You can get around that using these instructions.

Run Google Talk with the following switch: /nomutex.

If you installed Google Talk to the default location, you can easily create a shortcut to this setting.

    1. Right-click on the desktop.
    2. Select New.
    3. Select Shortcut.
    4. Paste this into the text box:
    "c:\program files\google\google talk\googletalk.exe" /nomutex

    5. Click Next
    6. Name it whatever you wish (i.e., Google Talk Multiple, etc.)
    7. Click OK until you are done.

Credit goes to the Neowin Forum for the original idea:
http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=363145&st=0

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  • nas

    tnx yaar

    • Srivastava Love2

      I have followed the below steps
      1. created gtalk short icon on my desktop & then change the target as “”C:Program FilesGoogleGoogle Talkgoogletalk.exe” /startmenu
      2. created gtalk short icon on my desktop & then change the target as “C:Program FilesGoogleGoogle Talkgoogletalk.exe” nomutex.

      The purpose is to have gtalks available to me for 2 dufferent id’s.

      But after doing all this steps when I am trying to open galk both are pointing to single id. If I lot out from one galk its automatically logging me out from the another one.

      Please suggest if I am missing something?

      • Tito

        just change the ID and PASW contained in the new window and voila! done. Now you have two chat windows with a different id each.

    • sourav

      > i love you

  • hukm

    nice……thanks

  • mac

    Awesome!

  • Anonymous

    AWESOME! man…

    • Rakesh

      “C:UsersRakeshAppDataRoamingGoogleGoogle Talkgoogletalk.exe” /nomutex

  • Zardari

    It gives error ” c:/ program can not be found”
    plz tell me asap i m stucked.

    • Jaggu

      “c:program filesgooglegoogle talkgoogletalk.exe” /nomutex

      Hey dude its working just copy paste exactly including ” ” and make sure you installed gtalk on c:program filesgoogle ..Manual check once or use search for googletalk.exe get the path and paste it between ” ” Create shortcut anyway rename other then googletalk πŸ˜€ HAve fun i just did it ..its working Thankz dude

    • Jinomb

      hi buddy for some users its save in “C:UsersMbjinoAppDataRoamingGoogleGoogle Talkgoogletalk.exe” /startmenu” try to paste this along with the nomutex at the end ull b edoing gud! πŸ˜‰

  • mahesh

    its good man if not working
    copy target of the shortcut already there and type nomutex at end

  • Jack

    Its a awesome method…
    Thanks a lot…

  • Great

    Sirjee you are simply great…What a great idea u have posted…Hats off to you. Thanx

  • stevesanna

    Beautiful! I’ve been trying to figure a way to accomplish this very thing! And now you’ve done it for me. Many, many thanks!

  • Kiran

    its wrking for me,
    thank you

  • Dynamic

    greatttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

  • vv

    Awesome idea

  • andrΓ©s

    It works!!!, thank you very much

  • Anonymous

    Wow goood one.

  • Emil

    The switch does not do anything for me. The application launches as usual with no additional options to add other logins.

  • Anonymous

    THANKS BOSS

  • e.d.

    AWESOME…!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

  • Anonymous

    I can not use multiple gtalk because /nomutex could not work. What can I do ?

  • Sandeep Goyal

    Hey!! Thats great.. Can we have more than 2 instances??

  • Vittorio Armando

    Excellent Man . . . Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    thank you verr much multy google nice

  • Abhishek

    thnks

  • kenvac

    thx man its good and working perfect

  • Anonymous

    Thanks its working..Nice one

  • KTWN

    Thanks for this

  • Anonymous

    better way…first get a shortcut of your current gtalk on desktop….do right click on it…select properties….replace /startmenu as /nomutex ….. u r done ..enjoy…!!!

    • Peticijaefzg

      doesnt work either

  • Anonymous

    Very Nice….Thanks

  • Anonymous

    thanx, it’s working very well

  • Anonymous

    Good It really Helps Us. from many time we are looking this kind of funda. Thanks for helping dear.

  • Mahesh

    Its cool
    thanks

  • Husen Bhaya

    wowwwwwwwwww amazing thax so much

  • Maloysis

    really helpfull.. thnx πŸ™‚

  • jomm

    thanks,,,,,,, it really works.

  • Techie

    Awesome…Thanks!

  • Something

    sahi

  • Mahboobvengara

    hai

  • ajit

    thanx it really works

  • DOD

    This fix does not appear to work with windows 7! It worked beautifully on my old XP Laptop but not with my new Windows 7 ? Have they changed something?

  • http://www.techiemania.com Sathishkumar

    Its working. Thanks

  • Ephybest

    10Q. It is done!

  • Vsara90

    Thx..VS..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/TheMidnight-Hunter/100000351910299 TheMidnight Hunter

    great! thanks!

  • Aalpana

    no its not working in windows7

  • Eknoufal

    thank u so much, Wondwerfull!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Naveen-Kumar/100001545947586 Naveen Kumar

    dude
    we can do it much better way
    just right click on the gtalk icon|properties|target as:
    just change at the end of the target path
    startex to nomutex
    dat’z all
    njoy ☺

    • Peticijaefzg

      i dont have this at the end… πŸ™

  • Rakash

    Big thanks, Im looking and in my mind… just got it here…. any thanks again…

  • Badhshah

    Hmm not bad, some useful

  • Avanish Mane

    this is Nice trick…works instantly…Hatts off to the creator.. πŸ™‚

  • Rdr69

    Is there a way to make this work for our android phone. I think this fix is only for your desktop computer. Please avise.

  • Tarwarasunil13

    Greate Idea! Yes its only for desktop. It doesn’t works with all window version and some of my frnds are sucked because they are blindly following it even they have installed gtalk or OS in another drive.

  • Sofisti_cat

    ohsomeeeeeeeeeee thanku πŸ™‚

  • Naganaresh1234

    i’m not able to open multiple g-talk,its opening only one at a time……..can u plz tell me what to do????????????

    • Srivastava Love2

      hello Naganaresh
      even i am facing the same issue. Have you got any fix for this? Please suggest.

  • Marc0

    Nice!
    Tks

  • Peticijaefzg

    It wont work for win7… πŸ™ any help? thnx

  • Srivastava Love2

    I have followed the below steps
    1. created gtalk short icon on my desktop & then change the target as “”C:Program FilesGoogleGoogle Talkgoogletalk.exe” /startmenu
    2. created gtalk short icon on my desktop & then change the target as “C:Program FilesGoogleGoogle Talkgoogletalk.exe” nomutex.

    The purpose is to have gtalks available to me for 2 dufferent id’s.

    But after doing all this steps when I am trying to open galk both are pointing to single id. If I lot out from one galk its automatically logging me out from the another one.

    Please suggest if I am missing something?

    • Nitesh

      YOu need to first create 2 shortcuts on the desktop.. Name one of the shortcut as “Second GTalk”,, Now on the second gtalk, open properties and just add (space)nomutex in the Target Text Box and press ok. It worked for me this way..

  • Yogesh Tyagi

    This is really gr8, I have done it and enjoying now

  • Prashant Verma

    Thanks a ton πŸ™‚ it worked

  • G.Palanikumar

    Awesome

  • http://globestaronline.com palomar

    now i use google talk with two accounts..

    clap clap..

  • Nirdesh Kumar Sharma

    thanks, working fine

  • nilam

    Not working with me please tell me how does it work its pin at start menu .

    Target- “C:\Users\nilam\AppData\Roaming\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe” /diag

    AND

    “C:\Users\nilam\AppData\Roaming\Google\Google Talk”

    Showing this

  • Rahman

    THANKS ALOT……………………

  • kishor

    thanx very much yaar

  • sopha ke

    Big thanks

  • guy

    great!!!

  • brettleninn

    Thanks Bro….

  • monghsei
  • arun vijayan

    thanks………….

  • mehul

    its not working.. showing error….

    • ranadheer

      Which error? paste it here..

  • Sonam Bhatia

    Thanks so much its work… Its fantastic and awesome way..

  • paul

    i will tried but not working. bcz gtalk runfile not store for C:programe\google\gtalk.exe.
    gtalk.exe store or run for desktop or startmenu.
    how to slove this problem…?

  • Hassan

    It dose not work in window 7

  • umesh rawat

    virey poor

  • TheGreat

    For Windows 7 User
    1. Right-click on the desktop.
    2. Select New.
    3. Select Shortcut.
    4. Paste this into the text box:
    “C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe” /nomutex

    5. Click Next
    6. Name it whatever you wish (i.e., Google Talk Multiple, etc.)
    7. Click OK and Login with different google account.

    • Yaeger Design

      This worked perfect…thanks!

  • gaynel

    I have my second google talk icon but when i open it, it pulls my original gtalk address. help? Please?
    I’m using IE 9.
    thanks,
    Gaynel

  • Pardhasaradhi Ravavarapu

    I followed the steps given. I can able to login into multiple accounts of gmail from Gtalk

  • Dorit

    SWEET !!!
    thanks a lot !

  • Br

    Thank you for the solution, but isn’t there a way to make it a little more convenient?
    The way you propose pulls the saved login info from the same place, so every instance of the client will initiate logged into the same account when launched from any of the shortcuts.
    After that, yes you can switch each one of them to another account and have different ones running at the same time, but isn’t there a way to have them each launch already logged into the different accounts?

    • Yaeger Design

      Since there is only one “settings” file, all instances will use the same startup settings. Disable automatic sign-in and you will be able to login whatever account you want without having to sign out first.

  • Hasan

    Great idea Boss.

  • Rick Reese

    Awesome! Thanks.

  • Shawon Sarker

    So helpful ……….thanks

  • Vishnu

    thanks a million pal

  • xhtmlchamps

    β€œC:Program%20FilesGoogleGoogle%20Talkgoogletalk.exe” /nomutex

  • syam vilakudy

    Great……………..

  • Ramadasgandhi

    That was awesom man

  • Sumanth

    Thanks alot. I was using multiple IMs πŸ™ Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!

  • Ravi

    Gajab.. πŸ™‚ Sahi hai ..

  • Paul

    I have multi gmail accounts to handle my clients for my embroidery digitizing business. I am happy to have this script. Thanks guys

  • KRR

    It worked.. Very nice tips. Thanks a lot…

  • $angeetha

    Superb – Thank you for making things easy (y)

  • Muhammad Talha

    nice man πŸ˜€ thanks a bunch

  • Rakendu

    Thanks!