After releasing a presentation sheet to introduce WhatsApp on your Android tablet, WhatsApp is finally rolling out the companion mode for mobile phones on Android beta, to some beta testers!
Last month, thanks to the WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206 update, we announced that WhatsApp was releasing a particular version of the companion mode to let people link their existing WhatsApp account to an Android tablet. We also announced that the companion mode would have been released for mobile phones in the future, even if we didn’t know an official release date. Finally, WhatsApp is now testing the companion mode for mobile phones by enabling the feature for some beta testers!
As you can see in this screenshot, it is very easy to discover if you can already link your existing WhatsApp account to a secondary mobile phone: just view the options within the registration screen to see if there is a “Link device” option. If this option shows up, you can finally use WhatsApp on an additional mobile phone!
After linking your WhatsApp account to a new mobile phone, your chat history will be synced across your linked devices. Since this is a beta version, some features may still not be available, for example, the ability to view live locations and manage broadcast lists and stickers.
Note that you can link up to 4 devices at once so you may also link more than two mobile phones to your WhatsApp account. In addition, your personal messages and calls are still end-to-end encrypted even if you use WhatsApp from a linked mobile phone: when someone sends you a message, it is sent to all your devices so encryption is always preserved.
The companion mode between mobile phones is available for some beta testers that install the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update on the Play Store and it is rolling out to more users over the coming weeks. If the feature is still not available for you, please wait for an upcoming new beta build and keep your version of WhatsApp up to date.
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