WhatsApp is finally rolling out multi-device functionality.
Until now, WhatsApp users have only been able to use one WhatsApp account on one phone and multiple companion desktop devices – but this is finally changing.
Mark Zuckerberg recently announced the feature’s rollout stating that users can now “log into the same WhatsApp account on up to four phones”.
How does it work?
WhatsApp users can link four extra companion smartphones by scanning QR codes using their primary phone. Users’ messages will be synced across devices including other phones. So even if one device is switched off, they can access the app on other devices.
The highly requested feature will suit those who have both a business phone and a phone for personal use but still want all their chats under a single WhatsApp account.
How can I use WhatsApp on multiple phones?
- Download the WhatsApp app on your companion phone, choose the language and tap to proceed. Instead of entering the phone number, tap on the three dots at the top followed by ‘Link to existing account’.
- You will then see a QR code that you will have to scan using your primary phone. Go to your primary phone and tap on ‘Settings’ within your WhatsApp account, followed by ‘Linked Devices’ and then ‘Link a Device’.
- This will bring up the option to scan a QR code. Once the code is scanned you will be able to use the same account on both devices.
Information to note: If the smartphone that originally had your WhatsApp account on it is inactive for a long period, it will automatically log you out of all companion phones.
WhatsApp has stressed that regardless of which of your devices is running a WhatsApp account, all chats will still be end-to-end encrypted.
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