Last year, WhatsApp made it possible to use the same account for up to four devices with the multi-device feature. Now, as an extension of this capability, it is reported that you will soon be able to link a secondary device to your WhatsApp account. However, don’t expect it to roll out immediately, as the feature is still being tested.
What Is Companion Mode?
According to a report by WABetaInfo, Companion mode will allow you to add a secondary mobile device to your main WhatsApp number. To recall, the multi-device feature only lets you connect four non-smartphone devices on WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop for Windows, WhatsApp Desktop for macOS, and Facebook Portal. The upcoming feature could soon let you use WhatsApp on multiple mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
The publication spotted this new function in the latest version 126.96.36.199 WhatsApp Beta for Android. As seen in the screenshot, you will be able to register an Android device as a companion for your main phone that has WhatsApp on it. The feature can be seen under a section entitled “Register Device as Companion”.
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It is accompanied by instructions which tell you how to get started with Companion mode on your secondary mobile device. It notes that you will be able to link your smartphone by scanning a QR code with your primary device, similar to how you would get WhatsApp running on your desktop computer.
It is reported that this feature is currently under development, and there’s no word on when it will be rolled out to the public. The function will be greatly beneficial to those who juggle multiple smartphones and tablets.
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