WhatsApp recently started rolling out a multi-device feature that allows users to access the platform on multiple devices even when there is no connection on the primary device. Users can link a WhatsApp account with up to four other devices. However, this feature does not allow you to use your WhatsApp account on any other smartphone. But the Facebook-owned platform is said to be planning to add functionality that will allow users to use WhatsApp accounts on multiple smartphones.
As reported by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has started rolling out a new beta update for Android users through the Google Play Beta Program. The update brings the app’s version to 126.96.36.199. According to the report, the update received reference to the second version of the multi-device feature that will allow you to link a secondary smartphone to your account.
According to the screenshot shared in the report, you will be able to see a new “Register device as a companion” section once the feature is rolled out. The report reveals that this section will show up when you try to open WhatsApp on a secondary mobile device. The screenshot also suggests that you may have to point your primary device at the secondary device’s screen to scan a QR code to validate the link.
Since only references to the feature were discovered in the latest beta update, it remains unclear how long it will take for WhatsApp to roll out the feature in a stable release.
WhatsApp is also said to be developing a new feature that will make it easier for you to message unsaved contacts. Currently when you tap a phone number in the chat bubble, WhatsApp will take you directly to your default dialer app. With upcoming updates, the platform may present you with more options after tapping a phone number.