Using iMessage On Multiple Devices

My significant other and I share and iTunes account (don't tell!), so after I updated my iPad and her iPhone, she started receiving all my iMessages. Whoops! Turns out, though, it's easy to associate different identities to different devices in iMessages, even if they share the same Apple ID -- handy if you share an account with someone, have multiple iDevices of your own and want to set up separate buckets or just want to change the address you send or receive message from (your "Caller ID"). Here's how.

Associate a New Email with iMessage on Your Device

  1. Everything you need to do lives in the Messages tab of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch's Settings app, so launch Settings and tap on Messages.
  2. By default, iMessage will receive messages via your Apple ID email address and, if you have an iPhone, your phone number. That's why, for example, my wife was getting my iMessages. You can't remove an email address until you've replaced it, so from the Messages setting, tap Receive At > Add Another Email.
  3. Type in the new email address you'd like to associate with that device.
  4. Once the email's been entered, Apple will send a verification email to that address. When you receive it, just click the activation link and the new address will now be linked to that device.
  5. Finally, you can remove the original association by tapping the email address you want to remove and then tapping Remove This Email.

Pretty simple, right? That took care of my problem (now my wife doesn't get my iMessages), associates her iMessage with her email address and we can continue blissfully enjoying a shared iTunes account.

Change Your iMessage "Caller ID"

Last, you can adjust what shows up as your iMessage "address" in your recipient's messages in the Caller ID section. Open Settings > Messages > Receive At > Caller ID. You have the option of setting your Caller ID to any email address you've associated with iMessage or, if you have an iPhone, your phone number.


    How did she receive your messages? It won't let me use the same email address for iMessage on my iPhone and iPad so I can't continue conversations I started on one device on the next.

    Thanks for this. I share an iTunes account with my son and wondered how to set up iMessage on his iPod.

    This is so useful :-)

    A bit of help please: when i try adding a second email and verify it, system says "error unable to verify email because it is already in use" any clue how to fix it?

    Miguel that's the issue I have that no one seems to know the answer to!

    Wish the geeks at the Little Rock Apple store would have explained this to me today.

    Come to think of it, AT&T customer service and my local AT&T corporate store couldnt help either. It's sad when folks don't have a clue about their job - they just work there.

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