You can now use the same WhatsApp account on up to five phones simultaneously
Following the introduction of the long-requested ability to use the same account seamlessly across a phone and multiple other devices in 2021, WhatsApp is back today with the logical conclusion to that effort. The service now offers what has to be the most requested feature ever.
You can use the same WhatsApp account on up to five phones. You link each additional phone the same way you link to WhatsApp on web browsers, tablets, and desktops. Each linked phone connects to WhatsApp independently, ensuring your messages, media and calls remain end-to-end encrypted.
Additionally, if your primary phone is idle “for a long period of time” (the company doesn’t specify anything more exact), you’ll be automatically logged out of all companion devices, as a security measure.
So now you can finally switch between multiple phones without logging out of WhatsApp. You can use multiple phones with the same WhatsApp account connected to each of them. Long live progress!
This update has already started rolling out to all users globally. The deployment will end “in the coming weeks”.
Additionally, WhatsApp is also rolling out (over the same coming weeks) a “more accessible way” to connect to companion devices. You’ll be able to enter your phone number on WhatsApp Web and then receive a one-time code, which you can use on your phone to activate device pairing, rather than having to scan a QR code. This is only rolling out to WhatsApp Web at the moment, but it’s promised to come to “more companion devices in the future”.
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