(CTN News) – WhatsApp users will not be limited to using their accounts on one mobile device.
Meta, which owns the messaging service, is today announcing that it is expanding the multi-device feature of its service, which previously allowed users to access and send text messages from additional Android tablets, browsers, and computers alongside their primary phone, to support additional smartphones.
“One WhatsApp account, now available on multiple devices” is how WhatsApp describes the feature, which is scheduled to become available in the coming weeks to everyone, according to the company.
The process of setting up a second phone to be used with your WhatsApp account occurs after a fresh installation of the app has been performed on your primary phone.
In this case, instead of entering your mobile phone number during setup and logging in as usual, you will instead tap an option to “link to your existing account” rather than entering your number.
If you do this, you will be able to generate a QR code that can be scanned by your primary WhatsApp phone by using the “link a device” option in your WhatsApp settings. With the new feature, both Android and iOS devices will be able to take advantage of it.
Basically, WhatsApp is marketing the feature as a useful tool for small businesses that might want to be able to use the same business number to send and receive messages from multiple phones at the same time using the same business number.
Nevertheless, it should be useful for anyone who uses a number of smartphones on a regular basis and wants to connect them all to the same WhatsApp account in the event they do not want to share accounts between devices.
Despite the fact that the original device used to log into your account is considered the “primary” device, it does not need to be on at all in order to receive messages across your other phones, Android tablets, and computers.
In the event that your primary device is inactive for over 14 days, WhatsApp will log out your other devices if your primary device is not active for that long. Your primary phone can also be used to log out linked devices manually from the device where you are logged in.
Once you connect a secondary phone to your WhatsApp account, you will be able to access and send messages from either phone once it has been linked.
Messages from up to a year ago will be synced between devices, which means you’ll be able to see your chat history before sending any new messages to anyone.
There’s no difference between iPhone and Android phones when it comes to syncing messages. It works no matter what operating system they’re running.
The WhatsApp Web in a browser is a workaround to be able to access the same WhatsApp account on multiple phones via the same WhatsApp account.
However, the experience has never been great, and it is expected that official support for the feature will be far more intuitive and useful in the future.
No matter whether you use the multi-device feature or not, your personal messages will always be encrypted from end-to-end.