Last year, WhatsApp introduced a new feature that allowed users to message seamlessly across all their devices while maintaining the same level of privacy and security. Now, the company is taking its multi-device offering a step further by allowing users to use the same WhatsApp account on multiple phones.
This feature was highly requested by users, and it allows users to link up to four additional devices to their account. Each linked phone connects to WhatsApp independently, ensuring that personal messages, media, and calls are end-to-end encrypted. Additionally, if a user's primary device is inactive for a long period, they are automatically logged out of all companion devices.
This new feature makes messaging easier, as users can switch between phones without signing out and pick up their chats where they left off. It is also beneficial for small business owners, as additional employees can now respond to customers directly from their phones under the same WhatsApp Business account.
The update has started rolling out globally and will be available to everyone in the coming weeks. WhatsApp is also introducing an alternative and more accessible way to link to companion devices. Users can now enter their phone number on WhatsApp Web to receive a one-time code, which they can use on their phone to enable device linking, instead of scanning a QR code. This feature will be introduced to more companion devices in the future.
News Source: WhatsApp Blog