You can now use the same WhatsApp account on four smartphones at the same time

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We’ve been able to use one WhatsApp account on multiple devices for a while now. I don’t reach out for my phone when I’m at my computer, I use the Windows app when on there.

Messages sync across devices without a hitch and I’m a happy camper, whatever device I use, I pick up right where I left off. Except for the annoying bug that leads to me not seeing some Status updates on iOS, so I have to remind myself to check that tab on Windows. I’ve missed out on so many memes because of this.

That was all good but the actual multi-device support we wanted was not available till now – multiple smartphone support.

Zimbabwe is smartphone country, many in urban centres have multiple phones for multiple side hustles. They don’t usually need to use the same WhatsApp account on different phones though. It is businesses that will benefit the most from this support for multiple phones.

WhatsApp is a legit business tool in this country. Many have orders, invoices and other business-related queries coming in via WhatsApp. So, in many instances, multiple people need to keep track of the messages flowing in and responding to customers.

All the employees checking those messages have smartphones but only one could use a smartphone to respond. The others had to use linked computers or tablets. Not at all convenient and not even an option for some without computers to use for that purpose.

Use the same WhatsApp account on 4 phones

WhatsApp finally allows us to use the same account on as many as four phones. There will still be a primary smartphone and the other ones will be linked devices.

You will be able to use the other phones even if the primary one does not have a network connection or is even completely off. However, the primary phone has to go online at least once every 30 days to keep the linked devices working.

The feature is rolling out globally and may take a few weeks to reach your phone.

Do note this means that you can now have any combination of smartphones, computers or Android tablets. There is still no native support for the iPad and so if you want to use that, you still have to resort to a web login from the browser.

Apparently, it wasn’t easy to enable this kind of multi-device support. The original setup had the primary smartphone as the source of truth for all user data and the only one that actually encrypted messages.

Linked devices (companion devices) merely mirrored the primary smartphone hence why they needed that phone to be online.

WhatsApp’s new architecture does away with that. Now, all devices can connect to WhatsApp independently.

In all this, it’s amazing to think that WhatsApp still doesn’t save our messages on their servers. Any linked device has to reach out to the other connected devices and update itself on what happened when it was offline.

So go ahead and enjoy WhatsApp on four phones. You deserve it.

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  1. By your Apps combined, I am Captain Snooper!

    Thanks for keeping scary gold eating guy out of the image prompt 🀣

    Looking forward to this feature rolling out to my account, it’s gonna streamline things greatly. It’s also going to boost the paranoia levels of the super sus! Linking devices is gonna be the new ‘if you love me’, ‘under my roof’ or ‘if you’ve got nothing to hide’ litmus test πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  2. Vaye Vaye

    Divorce rates are going to go up?

    1. King Adoe 🀴🏼

      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ true that

  3. Vald

    This is going to be tough on couples I swear, but it’s a great feature. Will wait and see how it will unfold.

  4. Farai Ted Mandoreba

    Its great for businesses people (directors) especially when linked to an API…. for business… simultaneous update.

    Even for quality….training and evaluation purposes
    Bosses can actually check and see how customers are being handled by the responsible personnel
    Even for parents checking on the progress of their children with their school work simultaneously with the teacher….

    The possibilities are endless….you just need to think out of the box

  5. Fatso Latso

    Can’t even cheat in peace man *sigh*

  6. Skinny pig

    Guy’s how do I recover my banned WhatsApp account, they banned it for no reason

    1. Tembo

      Write them a message apologizing for using GB versions and tell them you won’t use it again then mean it & live it.

      NB: It won’t work when you’re using a GB version or if someone reported you for spam.

  7. Tembo

    So I will need a separate device for that (sighs) πŸ˜ͺ