I have two phone numbers for two purposes and I would like to run two native WhatsApp clients in parallel on my Mac.

I don't want to use the browser (or two browser windows) since I prefer the native Mac OS apps.

How can I do that?

2 Answers 2


Simply open terminal and run this command:

/Applications/WhatsApp.app/Contents/MacOS/WhatsApp /secondary

Two remarks:

  1. The app seems to crash if you subsequently close the terminal (even if you use &) so keep your terminal open. Sudo may solve this (as seen here) but I didn't really try.

  2. If anyone knows how to make it launch from Spotlight, please share your ideas. I would love to improve on this method and make it easier to use.

  • Plain Sudo should not be used here as tha app runs as a user. I guess the two WhatsApp apps need to be run as different users. If so create another user and sudo that app
    – mmmmmm
    Jun 2, 2020 at 11:34

From Finder, copy Whatsapp app into Whatsapp2

  • Actually this is not working, copy app brings window of original applicaiton.
    – m1ld
    Jan 14 at 9:49
  • Yes it works, it becomes two apps. Select WhatsApp, Cmd-C, Cmd-V. Rename "Copy of WhatsApp" to "WhatsApp2". Unfortunately it doesn't work on Beta Multi-device.
    – roel
    Jan 15 at 0:46

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