As in the beta version the companion mode was released to a limited number of users. All beta testers who have installed the latest version of WhatsApp beta for Android available from the google play store will now be able to link an existing WhatsApp account to an additional smartphone.
In November 2022, WhatsApp has announced a major update of WhatsApp beta for Android that includes the companion mode. An extension of multi-device support this feature lets users link their WhatsApp accounts to another device. In this feature, when a WhatsApp account is linked to a secondary phone so the users can now access their chats without being connected to the internet on the main phone. But in the recent update of WhatsApp beta for Android, the companion mode is now available to all beta testers.
WhatsApp for iOS currently does not support companion mode so the second device must be an Android phone or tablet. You can already link a second Android phone if you have an iPhone as Android already supports this feature. Follow these steps to link a secondary Android mobile device.
- From the google play store download the latest beta of Whatsapp Messenger or Whatsapp Business on your secondary Android mobile device.
- In the registration, screen tap the overflow menu and you should see “Link a device”
- Tap Settings >Linked devices on your primary device to open WhatsApp.
- To capture the QR code point this device at your secondary mobile phone.
When you link your WhatsApp account to a new phone so your chat history will be synced across all your linked devices. Despite the release of companion mode to all beta testers, some features may still not be available such as managing broadcast lists and posting a status update. WhatsApp allows you to link up to four devices simultaneously meaning that you can link to more than mobile phones at once. Whatsapp ensures end-to-end encryption even when used from a linked mobile phone whenever you receive a message it is all sent to your devices.