WhatsApp will soon allow users to use their accounts on more than one phone. Until now, users used their accounts on one phone and multiple companion desktop devices.
Meta CEO, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, Mark Zuckerberg announced the feature’s rollout on Facebook and Instagram.
“Starting today, you can log into the same WhatsApp account on up to four phones,” he said.
In an expansion of the multi-device functional, the company began testing in 2021, users can now sync one account across up to four phones.
They will have access to the feature after installing the app on a smartphone. After tapping the “link to existing account” option, WhatsApp will prompt you to scan a QR code on your primary phone, a step that involves navigating over to the “Linked Devices” section of the Settings menu on your main phone and tapping “Link a Device.”
WhatsApp also plans to roll out “a more accessible” method for linking companion devices that will allow using the platform’s web client to send a one-time code to the phone you want to add to your account.
The company says it will bring this new, easier linking method to other devices in the future.
With the new feature, the “primary” device doesn’t need to be nearby or turned on to receive messages and calls on a secondary phone.
However, WhatsApp will automatically log you out of your other devices if your primary phone is inactive for more than 14 days. You can also manually log out of any companion devices from your main phone.
“Each linked phone connects to WhatsApp independently, ensuring that your personal messages, media, and calls are end-to-end encrypted,” the company notes.