WhatsApp is one of the best chatting apps, and finally got multi-device login. This feature is now available to beta users on Android and iOS, and lets you use one Whatsapp account in four devices at the same time and you don’t have to stay connected to your main phone to send messages.
This is a big deal for the platform, and the feature is now rolling out to beta users worldwide. What’s great is that this feature is end-to-end encrypted, ensuring you have the same level of security as the default app. Here’s how to start multi-device WhatsApp, and what you can do with the feature.
How to sign up for WhatsApp multi-device
- Open latest WhatsApp Beta.
- Press the Overview menu (three vertical dots).
- Tap Linked Devices.
- Tap Multi-device beta.
- Tap Join beta.
- Joining the beta version will unlink the connected device. Tap Continue to join the multi-device beta.
- After joining the beta, you can connect a new device to your account by pressing the Link device button. Before you do that, go to web.whatsapp.com on the target device.
- Enter the passcode or biometric information of your phone using the QR code reader to scan the QR code from WhatsApp Web on the target device.
- Your device should now be linked to your account, and you can use WhatsApp on that device even without connecting to your phone.
With multi-device, you can use your WhatsApp account on four additional devices excluding your phone.
Can I use a WhatsApp account on more than one phone?
There are some limitations with WhatsApp’s multi-device login implementation. First of all, this feature is limited to one phone, so you can’t use your WhatsApp account on more than one phone at a time.
You have to register a new device with your phone the same as before and the only change this time is that you don’t have to maintain a connection with that phone to send messages.
Finally, if you don’t use WhatsApp on your phone for more than 14 days, the device you’re signed in from will be unlinked.
As someone who switches between the best Android phones, I’m looking forward to using WhatsApp on multiple phones at once like Telegram. But it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for that particular feature to appear in the service.
Multi-device is an opt-in program and is in limited beta, and the feature itself is only available to those using WhatsApp beta. If you’re on the beta channel and don’t see the settings for joining the multi-device beta, you’ll have to wait a bit; This service is being rolled out in stages.
What doesn’t work on WhatsApp multi-device
- Since WhatsApp has just started rolling out multi-device, there are some features that are not working on the service yet. Here’s the full list:
- View live location on companion devices.
- Pin chats on WhatsApp Web or Desktop.
- Join, view and rearrange group invites from WhatsApp Web and Desktop. You should use a cell phone instead.
- Texting or calling someone who is using an older version of WhatsApp on their phone will not work from your linked device.
- Call from Portal or WhatsApp Desktop to linked devices that are not listed in the multi-device beta.
- Other WhatsApp accounts on your Portal will not work unless they have joined the multi-device beta.
- WhatsApp Business users cannot edit their business name or label from WhatsApp Web or Desktop.