WhatsApp companion mode for multiple smartphones being tested: report

WhatsApp is reportedly testing a companion mode feature with some of its beta users, allowing them to add a secondary device as a companion to their primary phone with WhatsApp on it. With this update, users can access the same instant messaging account on different smartphones or tablets. Earlier, WhatsApp introduced multi-device support for all users, allowing them to access their accounts on multiple devices at the same time to send and receive messages through the app, even without active internet access on their phone. However, the feature currently only supports PCs as secondary devices and is not fruitful for people with additional phones and tablets. This could soon change with the release of Companion Mode.

According to a report by WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working on a companion mode that will allow a second device to be linked to another registered WhatsApp account. The feature was first spotted in late April with v2.22.10.13 beta for Android. But now we have more details on how the feature might work.

The report includes a screenshot showing a full-screen prompt alert for users enrolling a device as a companion device to their master account. Pairing the secondary device with another registered WhatsApp account will log you out of the current WhatsApp account configured on the secondary phone, according to the screenshot. Locally saved messages and data are also deleted when you switch to WhatsApp companion mode. According to the report, this possibility of using the same WhatsApp account on different phones is being tested on both WhatsApp for iOS and Android.

However, the report also mentioned that this feature is under development. It may be updated prior to final release.

WhatsApp announced multi-device support for all users in early March. This feature allows users to connect their instant messaging account to up to four devices, including laptops or PCs, even if there is no Internet connection on the primary device. The company has also enabled end-to-end encryption for the chats. However, the linked devices will be disconnected if the phone remains inactive for more than 14 days. WhatsApp companion mode for multiple smartphones being tested: report

Ryan Sederquist

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