All Android beta testers apparently get access to WhatsApp’s companion mode functionality.
The capability, which enables users to attach an active WhatsApp account to a different mobile device, has been in development for a while. According to reports, the companion mode feature, which is an expansion of multi-device support, was released with WhatsApp beta for Android version 126.96.36.199. The instant messaging service, which is owned by Meta, hasn’t formally stated when it plans to make the companion mode available to all customers.
The buddy mode feature of WhatsApp has been made available to all Android beta testers, according to a report from WhatsApp feature tracker WABetainfo. For Android versions 188.8.131.52 and newer, it is reportedly available for all Android beta testers with WhatsApp beta.
According to reports, individuals can access their chat accounts from multiple smartphones.
According to users, they must carry out these steps in order to connect WhatsApp to a second device.
- Download the new beta version of WhatsApp Messenger or WhatsApp Business on the secondary device.
- Select Link a device from the overflow menu
- Open WhatsApp on the primary device, and head to Settings > Linked devices.
- Point this device to the secondary mobile phone to scan the QR Cod.
The functionality of a linked secondary Android smartphone or tablet is limited in comparison to the primary device. Users will nonetheless have access to past and present discussions. The primary device can be the only one with the capacity to edit broadcast lists and post a status update.
According to the source, WhatsApp is not currently working on the similar feature for the iOS version of the app.
WhatsApp debuted multi-device capability in March of last year, allowing users to access their accounts on various devices at once. Additionally, end-to-end encryption for talks has been enabled by WhatsApp. If the phone is not used for more than two weeks, the associated devices will be unplugged. The feature does not work well for users who also have other mobile phones or tablets and only supports PCs as secondary devices. With the arrival of this fresh buddy mode update, this might soon alter.