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, according to a screen found in a beta version of the app by the website WABetaInfo. The screen gives instructions to register the device you’re using as a “companion” by scanning a code with your primary phone – although currently there doesn’t appear to be an actual code to scan.
A screen found in a previous beta showed that devices could have the ability to sync recent messages, even if they are end-to-end encrypted. This screen, combined with the “Save device as a companion” screen that tells users how to use WhatsApp on another device, is strong evidence that this feature is in the works.
Both screens were found in the Android version of the app, implying that the feature will support chat on a secondary phone or tablet. At this time, it’s unclear if the feature will also be available on iOS if and when it launches, although there is precedent that it will. WhatsApp technically supports using your account on multiple devices already, via the Paired devices function, which currently only supports the use of computers as secondary devices. The feature is available on iOS and Android.
WhatsApp deployed Linked Devices in public beta in November 2021and has improved since (although there are still some unsupported features, depending on your primary device). But while the linked devices are convenient for desktop users, they don’t do much for those with secondary smartphones or tablets. Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, did not immediately respond to The edgemore details on plans to extend the Linked Devices feature to also support mobile devices.