WhatsApp has been planning to add a new Companion mode that will allow you to link two smartphones to one WhatsApp account for quite some time. This feature was recently made available for Android tablets as part of a beta update, and it is now being tested for a secondary smartphone.
You Will Soon Be Able to Use WhatsApp on Two Phones
A recent report by WABetaInfo reveals that WhatsApp has started rolling out the Companion mode for some Android users as part of beta version 18.104.22.168. This will let you link a secondary phone to the same account so that managing it on two devices becomes easier.
A shared screenshot reveals that there will be an option to link a device while setting up WhatsApp on another phone under the three-dotted menu in the top left corner. If this appears, you will be able to do the deed.
Once two mobile phones are linked by following the on-screen instructions, all your chats will be synced to the secondary phone. However, some features will remain unavailable due to the beta nature of the feature These will be the ability to view live locations and manage broadcast lists and stickers. The chats and calls will be end-to-end encrypted.
The Companion mode is an extension of the Multi-device feature, which allows you to link up to 4 devices and use WhatsApp on any of the options available. This currently doesn’t include another phone or tablet. There are chances that you might be able to link more than two smartphones to one WhatsApp account.
This feature is expected to be available to more users in the coming weeks. We can anticipate stable users on both Android and iOS receiving it soon. There is no word on when this will happen. We will notify you as soon as things become official. So, stay tuned, and let us know in the comments if this upcoming WhatsApp feature piques your interest. In the meantime, if you want to use this functionality right away, you can read our article on How to Use the Same WhatsApp Account on Two Phones.