WhatsApp the instant messaging platform is working on a new feature that will allow users to add a secondary device as a companion for their primary phone with WhatsApp on it. With this, users can link their WhatsApp account to use it on another phone. This feature was reportedly spotted on the WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 update.
The functionality will allow users to operate a single WhatsApp account on multiple devices. As mentioned, the WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update includes the reference for the second version of the multi-device feature. The report includes a screenshot that shows up the interface while opening WhatsApp on a secondary mobile device. The screenshot includes a “Register Device as Companion” section, giving users an idea of what the feature might look like when it goes live.
According to the report:
“After releasing a new multi-device update on WhatsApp beta for Android and iOS, that brings bug fixes and new improvements for your experience when using WhatsApp Web/Desktop, WhatsApp is now working on other important improvements.”
How to Access WhatsApp new functionality
One will have to first “register a device as a companion,” after which WhatsApp will allow users to access one account on a different phone by scanning a QR code using their primary smartphone. The platform already has a multi-device feature, but it only allows people to use the app on desktops and not on mobiles.
The feature is currently under development. It is currently unknown when this feature will arrive in the stable version of WhatsApp. The cited source says that one can expect this in a future update. There is no information on when this will be made available to the iOS beta version.
Last month, WhatsApp announces multi-device support for all users. This allows both Android and iOS users to open their WhatsApp accounts on different devices to send and receive messages on the app simultaneously, even when their phones don’t have active Internet access. Users are not required to keep their phones connected to the Internet to access this functionality. However, the linked devices will get disconnected if the phone remains inactive for more than 14 days.
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