WhatsApp has recently announced a new feature that will allow users to use the same account on up to four phones at the same time. The feature has been long available, but it only allowed users to access WhatsApp from browsers, computers, or Android tablets alongside their primary phone. Now, users can use it to log in to other phones as well, but not more than four.
This new feature is called “One WhatsApp account, now across multiple phones,” and it is already rolling out to users worldwide. WhatsApp sees this as a valuable feature for small businesses, allowing multiple employees to send and receive messages from the same business number on different phones.
With this update, messages will be synced across different phones for up to a year. This means that even if your one phone is switched off, you can still access your messages on other phones, as each phone connects individually. All your chats, media, and calls will be end-to-end encrypted on every phone, ensuring that your conversations remain private and secure. If your primary device remains inactive for a long time, WhatsApp will automatically log you out of all the companion phones.
Setting up this feature is simple. Instead of entering your phone number and logging in as usual during setup, you can tap on a new “link to existing account” feature. You will then see a QR code that can be scanned by your primary phone through the “link a device” option in settings, and you will be logged in to the second phone. This feature is available on both WhatsApp for Android and iOS.
This new feature will be helpful for those who use different phones and want the same WhatsApp account on all of them. It will also be valuable for small businesses, as it allows multiple employees to send and receive messages from the same business number on different phones. The feature ensures that your conversations remain private and secure, and it makes it easy to access your messages on multiple phones. Overall, this is a significant update for WhatsApp users, and it will make the app even more versatile and user-friendly.