To remain relevant in this competitive social media space, companies must constantly unveil new features and services that will keep their users interested and bring more users to the platform.
In that light, social media giant WhatsApp has launched a new feature that allows users to use the same account on several mobile devices.
Previously, users were limited to using WhatsApp on one phone but could access it on other desktop devices. But with this new feature, users can log in to the same WhatsApp account on up to four different phones. This feature is known as WhatsApp Companion Mode.
Companion mode allows users to switch WhatsApp accounts between phones without signing out, as all their chats, calls, and media will be end-to-end encrypted on every linked phone.
WhatsApp has already begun to roll out this feature, which will be available to all WhatsApp-enabled devices in the coming weeks.
Follow the steps below to enjoy this new feature.
- Ensure the devices you want to link are running on the latest version of WhatsApp.
- On the host device, go to your settings and select “Link a device.”
- A QR code scanner will be created after you have verified your identity.
- Open the WhatsApp app on the second device (make sure it is not logged into any account).
- Instead of putting in your phone number on the Create Account form, select “Link to an existing account.” A QR code will pop up.
- Scan the QR code with the host device and enjoy the experience.
Note: To disconnect the connected phone, you only need to go to the “Linked Devices” option on your host device and log out of any device you don’t want to be connected to.
The features come with their pros and cons.
One of the pros is that business owners can use this feature to share a copy of their WhatsApp conversion with various sales personnel.
One of the cons is that anyone with a smartphone who has had access to your phone can gain complete access to your WhatsApp information from their phones.
What do you think about this latest feature? Was it a good move by WhatsApp?
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