WhatsApp is rolling out the “companion mode” for all WhatsApp Beta users on Android, a feature that will let users use their accounts across multiple smartphones.
WhatsApp’s companion mode can link up to four smartphones
Companion mode is almost the same as Link Devices which became available back in 2021, however, this feature, allows users to use their WhatsApp account on other mobile devices.
Companion mode is an extension of Linked Devices such that it allows users to access their WhatsApp chats on a secondary Android smartphone without having their primary Android smartphone connected to the internet. This feature can be very helpful for users who own two phones and want to use the same account on both devices.
According to WABetaInfo, users can even link up to four devices at once with the latest update, including PCs, tablets, and certain smart displays. It also ensures that all the chats are synced once paired to another smartphone with a QR code. So, companion mode should work in the same way as the Linked devices, meaning users will have the ability to take and place calls, continue chats, plus do all of the core WhatsApp stuff they’re used to.
WhatsApp beta for Android v126.96.36.199 is widely enabling the new Companion mode to anyone who is currently enrolled in the program. Eligible Android users can download version 188.8.131.52 of the WhatsApp Beta app from the Google Play Store.
Unfortunately, the Companion mode is not available for iOS yet but we can expect its availability to expand anytime soon as testing continues.
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