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Previously, WhatsApp has allowed users of the encrypted messaging platform to link up to four devices to their account, but only one of those devices could be a smartphone.

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Happily, that's now changed, and WhatsApp has introduced the ability to use the same account on multiple phones. So now you can link another phone as one of up to four additional devices, the same as when you link with WhatsApp on web browsers, tablets, and desktops.

Whether it's an iPhone or an Android phone you choose to add, each linked phone connects to WhatsApp independently, ensuring that your personal messages, media, and calls are end-to-end encrypted. Just be aware that if your primary phone is inactive for a long period of time, you will be automatically logged out of all your companion devices.

Follow the steps below to set up your additional phone with your WhatsApp account, after which you'll be able to switch between phones without signing out and pick up your chats where you left off.
  1. Download and launch WhatsApp on the additional phone you want to use.

  2. Instead of entering the phone number associated with your WhatsApp account, tap the Link to existing account option to generate a QR code.
  3. On your primary phone, open WhatsApp and go to Settings -> Linked Devices.
  4. Tap the Link a device option and scan the QR code using your phone's camera.
It's as simple as that. Once the QR code is scanned and the sync is complete, you'll be able to see all the conversations that you've ‌had on your original phone. You'll also have the ability to send and receive text and voice-based messages, get involved in group chats, and have access to all of the other things that you're used to doing on your ‌primary phone, just now on your companion phone as well.

Article Link: How to Use Your WhatsApp Account Across Multiple Phones
 
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FaustsHausUK

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So now you can link another phone as one of up to four additional devices, the same as when you link with WhatsApp on web browsers, tablets, and desktops.

Infuriatingly, they still don't have a native app for iPad, and block you from installing the iPhone version. My entire family is on Whatsapp, and I miss conversations sometimes because my phone is usually charging - I use my iPad for near everything at home.
 

lkrupp

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Infuriatingly, they still don't have a native app for iPad, and block you from installing the iPhone version. My entire family is on Whatsapp, and I miss conversations sometimes because my phone is usually charging - I use my iPad for near everything at home.
Well, you can’t please everybody all the time can you. And for those stomping their feet about Messages not supporting RCS, make the switch to WhatsApp and be done with it.
 

Howard2k

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Infuriatingly, they still don't have a native app for iPad, and block you from installing the iPhone version. My entire family is on Whatsapp, and I miss conversations sometimes because my phone is usually charging - I use my iPad for near everything at home.

You can use it on the iPad in a browser. Not ideal, but it works.
 
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Well, you can’t please everybody all the time can you. And for those stomping their feet about Messages not supporting RCS, make the switch to WhatsApp and be done with it.
I'm not asking them to invest significant engineering effort. Enabling an iPhone app for use on iPad is trivial - IIRC you have to make a few small changes to a `.plist` file and you're done in most cases. It's a very strange omission.
 

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I do not like META by any means but WhatsApp has end to end encryption. In fact, their back ups were encrypted before Apple introduced it on iCloud Messages.

Now you may say: "I do not trust their word" well ... who's to say we can really trust Apple. There are always things like "Pegasus" anyway

It is culturally interesting how kids get bullied at school when their messages pop up green in the US, while in Europe et al people hardly use iMessage. For one, it is lacking basic functionalities like changing the background of your conversations. Again you may say "who cares for that?" well, I remember when people attempted to switch from WhatsApp to Signal, the AppStore reviews were full of users complaining that one cannot change the background. They added it shortly after.
 
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H2SO4

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Infuriatingly, they still don't have a native app for iPad, and block you from installing the iPhone version. My entire family is on Whatsapp, and I miss conversations sometimes because my phone is usually charging - I use my iPad for near everything at home.
Be interested to hear their reasoning for this.
 

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I do not like META by any means but WhatsApp has end to end encryption.

While the messages themselves might be encrypted and protected the point is what other data are they skimming from your device via the app? Why do you think they still don't have an iPad app and actively block you from using the iPhone version on the iPad? When I last had to use this POS it was really begging for access to my contacts, etc. It is skimming way more than it needs to function as detailed below:


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No thank you! Glad my employer finally realized what spyware garbage this app and mothership are.
 
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