Multi-device WhatsApp may soon expand to secondary phones and tablets

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Evidence from latest WhatsApp beta points to ‘companion’ mobile devices

WhatsApp has supported multiple devices for a while now, at least when it comes to desktops. You can use the messenger on your laptop or computer without maintaining an active internet connection on your mobile phone. However, people with secondary Android tablets or smartphones have been left out of the fun, as the feature is exclusively available for WhatsApp on desktop computers. That may soon change, with the first evidence that the messenger is working on supporting companion Android devices.

WABetaInfo dug into the code and discovered a screen in the latest WhatsApp for Android beta, version 2.22.10.13, which appears to allow you to register an Android device as a secondary companion for your primary phone with WhatsApp on it. As the screenshot shows, the new WhatsApp section is called “Save device as a companion”, with a description explaining that the feature will allow you to use WhatsApp on another device. It looks like the view is not finalized yet, as the instructions at the bottom explain that you need to scan a QR code with your main WhatsApp device which is supposed to be displayed here.

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Source: WABetaInfo

This feature was already hinted at last year when we first saw WhatsApp running on “multi-device 2.0”, which would allow you to sync your message with other Android mobile devices. Based on early screenshots of the time, you’ll see a splash screen during installation telling you that your secondary installation of WhatsApp is currently downloading recent messages.

While it was previously unclear if the feature would be limited to mainstream secondary devices like tablets and Chromebooks, this week’s new details seem to point to mobile phone support. WhatsApp could still remove the option before releasing the feature in a future update, but for now things are looking good.


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