I have two iPhones (one personal and one business), each with a separate Apple ID, so I can keep these logically separated. Ideally, I'd like to use Messages on OS X to be able to send and receive iMessages and/or text messages via both phones. As far as I can see, I can only configure one Apple ID against Messages (in Messages preferences, I cannot add another Apple ID). Is there perhaps a way to run another instance of Messages and/or add my other Apple ID?

I'm on OS X 10.11 and iOS 11, if it matters.

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    You can't use 2 different Apple IDs at the same time when signed in as a single user. I 'think' you'd have to create a new user id on the Mac and then sign-out of one user/apple id and into the other user/apple id. Maybe someone else knows a better solution that would fit what you're looking for. – fsb Feb 22 '18 at 16:11

Depending on how committed you are, you could install a virtual machine on OSX and from there login to your business iTunes account. Furthermore, it's possible to drag just the iMessages application (from the virtualized OSX instance) to your Dock giving the impression of running two different iMessages accounts simultaneously.

I've accomplished similar tasks using VMware for Mac, but Virtual Box may be a good free alternative.

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  • It'll work, but I'm not that committed :) Leaving this here in case anyone else will find it useful though. – Andrew Ferrier Mar 5 '18 at 11:21

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