BrandArena: WhatsApp now allows you to use the same account on multiple phones

Wednesday 26 April 2023

WhatsApp now allows you to use the same account on multiple phones

WhatsApp users are no longer limited to using their account on only one phone. The Meta-owned messaging service has announced the expansion of its multi-device feature, which previously allowed you to access and send messages from multiple Android tablets, browsers, or PCs in addition to your primary phone. "One WhatsApp account, now across many phones," the service says of the functionality, which it says will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.

Setting up a secondary phone to use with your WhatsApp account happens after doing a fresh install of the app. Except, rather than entering your phone number during setup and logging in as usual, you instead tap a new “link to existing account” option. This will generate a QR code to be scanned by your primary WhatsApp phone via the “link a device” option in settings. The new feature works across both iOS and Android devices.

WhatsApp is pitching the feature as a useful tool for small businesses that might want multiple employees to be able to send and receive messages from the same business number via different phones. But it should be useful for anyone who uses multiple smartphones on a regular basis and wants them all to be associated with the same WhatsApp account. 

Although the phone that was used to log in to your account is considered the "main" device, it does not need to be turned on in order for you to get messages on your other phones, Android tablets, or desktops. If your primary device is inactive for more than 14 days, WhatsApp claims it will log out your other devices. You can also log out of linked devices manually from your primary phone.

Once you've linked a secondary phone to your WhatsApp account, you'll be able to access and send messages from either device. Messages from up to a year ago will sync between devices, allowing you to review conversation histories before sending new ones. Messages are synced across phones regardless of operating system, whether iOS to Android or vice versa.

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