WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature called ‘Companion Mode‘, which allows users to link a secondary phone to their primary account. WhatsApp will let you link up to four Android phones to your primary account and you get to access all the regular WhatsApp features and message encryption.
Just like WhatsApp desktop, the app will sync your chat history on your secondary device. However, one thing to note here is that since the feature is currently in beta, certain features like the ability to view live locations and manage broadcast lists and stickers are currently unavailable.
Companion mode was first spotted by WABetaInfo back in July 2022, when it was limited to internal testing. It is now rolling out to select WhatsApp Beta users.
If you are one of the lucky few that have access, then linking a second device is really simple. Simply open Settings, then Tap on Menu and select Linked Devices. Tap on Link a Device and you should see a QR code pop-up similar to when you link your account with WhatsApp Web.
Now on the other device, open WhatsApp and click on the three-dot menu at the top during initial account creation and then select Link a Device. Now scan the QR code and the account will be linked.
The feature is only rolled out to some beta users for now while a wider rollout will take more time.
The instant messaging platform has undergone a lot of recent changes, including increased participation in groups, communities and call links. It will also swoon introduce new feature like the ability to message yourself. In this way platform keeps on releasing new updates in order to keep users connected and interested.