According to a screen discovered in a beta version of the app by the site WABetaInfo, WhatsApp appears to be working on a feature that would allow users to chat with the same account on multiple phones or on a phone and a tablet. The screen instructs you to register the device you’re using as a “companion” device by scanning a code with your primary phone — though there doesn’t appear to be a code to scan at the moment.
According to a screen discovered in a previous beta, devices may soon gain the ability to sync recent messages, even if they are end-to-end encrypted. Together with the “Register Device as Companion” screen, which instructs users on how to use WhatsApp on another device, this screen provides compelling evidence that this feature is in development.
Both screens were discovered in the app’s Android version, indicating that the feature will support chatting on a secondary phone or tablet. At the moment, it is unknown whether the feature will be available on iOS when it launches, though precedent indicates that it will.
WhatsApp technically already allows you to use your account on multiple devices via the Linked Devices feature, which currently only supports secondary devices that are computers. The feature is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
WhatsApp launched Linked Devices in November 2021 as a public beta and has continued to improve it since then (though there are still a few unsupported features, depending on what your main device is). However, while Linked Devices is advantageous for desktop users, it is ineffective for those who have secondary smartphones or tablets.
The Verge’s request for additional information about WhatsApp’s plans to expand the Linked Devices feature to include mobile devices was not immediately responded to by Meta, WhatsApp’s parent company.
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