A feature called ‘companion mode’ is being rolled out to WhatsApp beta users. It was rumored for months, and finally, it is here.
This will allow users to link their WhatsApp account with a secondary device. It seems that the feature is currently limited to Android devices.
Users can link up to 4 devices at once, so if you have to use the same WhatsApp account on more than two mobile devices, it could be possible.
WABetaInfo tweeted, “It’s happening: WhatsApp is releasing companion mode on Android beta! Thanks to the new companion mode, some beta testers can finally link their existing WhatsApp account to another mobile phone!”
According to a report, after users link their WhatsApp account to a new mobile phone, chat history on the primary device will be synced across other linked devices. Moreover, personal messages and calls will be end-to-end encrypted even if one uses WhatsApp from a linked smartphone. “When someone sends you a message, it is sent to all your devices, so encryption is always preserved,” mentions the report.
As this is a beta version, some features may not be available. This includes managing broadcast lists, viewing live locations, and stickers.
Companion mode is anticipated to be released for more users in the coming weeks.