WhatsApp is now allowing users to link their existing WhatsApp accounts to other phones, allowing them to access their messages on two or more phones at the same time.
The ‘Companion’ feature, which was previously available to a limited number of users on the beta version, is now available to all beta testers who install the most recent version of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store.
WhatsApp introduced the Companion feature in November 2022 as an extension of multi-device support, with the goal of allowing users to link their existing WhatsApp account to another mobile phone.
Users can finally access their chats on the second device without requiring an active Internet connection on the main phone after linking an existing WhatsApp account to a secondary mobile phone.
Surprisingly, you can connect up to four devices at once, which means you can connect more than two mobile phones to your WhatsApp account.
Furthermore, WhatsApp stated that even when using WhatsApp from a linked mobile phone, your personal messages and calls remain end-to-end encrypted.
When someone sends you a message, it is encrypted and sent to all of your devices, according to WhatsApp.
How to set up your account on other phones
- On your secondary Android mobile phone, download the latest beta of WhatsApp Messenger or WhatsApp Business from the Google Play Store.
- Tap the overflow menu within the registration screen and you should finally see the option “Link a device”.
- Open WhatsApp on your primary device, and tap Settings > Linked devices.
- Point this device to your secondary mobile phone to capture the QR Code.
- When you link your WhatsApp account to a new mobile phone, your chat history will be synced across all your linked devices.
Although the companion mode has been released for all beta testers, some features may still not be available, such as the ability to manage broadcast lists and post a status update from the linked device.
Currently available only on Android
At the moment, the second device can only be an Android phone (or a tablet) as the companion mode is not currently available on WhatsApp for iOS. However, if you have an iPhone, you can link a second Android phone as the feature is available on Android.
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