How to enable WhatsApp on multiple Android devices and iPhones

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Meta recently rolled out a major update to its instant cross-platform messaging app, WhatsApp, which now allows users to access a single WhatsApp account on up to four devices. What makes it even more special is the fact that the companion device will continue to receive messages even if the main device is disconnected from the internet.

Here’s how you can add up to four companion Android smartphones or iPhones to your WhatsApp account. Do note that, at max, one WhatsApp account can be used on up to four devices, which includes smartphones, PCs, and tablets.

If you have an Android smartphone, download the latest version of WhatsApp from the Google Play Store. Similarly, if you are an iPhone user, download or update WhatsApp from the Apple Store.

Multi-device WhatsApp Download/update WhatsApp to the latest available version (Image credit: Vivek Umashankar / Indian Express)

Open WhatsApp on your companion device, click on “agree and continue.” Now, you will see an option to enter your country code and phone number. On the top right corner, click on the three dots and select “link a new device.”

WhatsApp on multiple devices This barcode has to be scanned from the primary device (Image credit: Vivek Umashankar / Indian Express)

Now, you will see a big barcode with a WhatsApp logo in the middle.

Next, go to your primary phone that has a WhatsApp account. Click on the three dots in the top right corner and then select “linked devices.” click on”link a new device,” authenticate, and then scan the barcode on the secondary device.

Multi-device WhatsApp On your primary phone, click on link a device option from the settings menu (Image credit: Vivek Umashankar / Indian Express)

Now you can access all your WhatsApp chats on the companion smartphone. Depending on the internet speed and the amount of content your WhatsApp might have, it will take a few minutes to load.

Multi-device WhatsApp When you see this option, you have successfully added a companion device for your WhatsApp (image credit: Vivek Umashankar / Indian Express)

If you want to remove any of the companion phones, go to your primary phone, open WhatsApp, access the “linked devices“menu and click on the”logout” option, which will instantly log out of that specific device.

Multi-device WhatsApp One can quickly remove companion devices (Image credit: Vivek Umashankar / Indian Express)

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