By Ankita Garg: WhatsApp has announced the rollout of one of the biggest features for both Android and iOS. It has introduced the ability to use one WhatsApp account on multiple phones. Until now, people were only able to use one account on different devices like desktops and laptops, but not phones. But, this will change with the latest update. Here is everything you need to know.
People can now switch between phones without signing out using one WhatsApp account and pick up chats where they left off. Also, if you’re a small business owner, any of your employees will now be able to respond to customers directly from their phones under the same WhatsApp Business account.
“Last year, we introduced the ability for users globally to message seamlessly across all their devices, while maintaining the same level of privacy and security. Today, we’re improving our multi-device offering further by introducing the ability to use the same WhatsApp account on multiple phones,” WhatsApp said.
In addition to this, the Meta-owned company also confirmed that it will also add an alternative and more accessible way to link to companion devices, but this will be released over the coming weeks.
How to use one WhatsApp account on multiple phones
You can link your phone to up to four additional devices, just like how you link with WhatsApp on web browsers, tablets and desktops. The linking process is similar to how you connect your one WhatsApp account to different devices. The multi-device sharing feature would be available on WhatsApp’s main page > settings section > Linked devices. You can then simply tap on Link a device and follow the instructions on the screen to enable the feature.
You can now also enter your phone number on WhatsApp Web to receive a one-time code, which you can use on your phone to enable device linking, rather than having to scan a QR code. Here are the steps for QR code scan.
Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your phone.
Step 2: Tap on More options > Linked devices.
Step 3: Tap on Link a device.
Step 4: Unlock your primary phone.
Note: If your device has biometric authentication, follow the on-screen instructions. If you don’t have biometric authentication enabled, you’ll be prompted to enter the pin you use to unlock your phone.
Step 5: Point your primary phone at the screen of the device you want to link, and scan the QR code.
What about privacy?
WhatsApp says each linked phone connects to WhatsApp independently, and a user’s personal messages, media, and calls are end-to-end encrypted. “If your primary device is inactive for a long period, we automatically log you out of all companion devices,” it added.
When will this update arrive for everyone on WhatsApp?
WhatsApp has announced that it has started rolling out the latest multi-device sharing update to users all over the world and that it will reach everyone in the coming weeks.