Users can now log into two WhatsApp accounts at once, Mark Zuckerberg revealed on Thursday. In line with the multiple account feature offered on other platforms like Instagram and Facebook, this entails that users will be able to log into two WhatsApp accounts on a single phone within the app.
According to Meta, customers who frequently transition between identities, such as their personal and professional profiles, would find the new features useful. With the help of this feature, users’ messaging experiences are made simpler because they no longer need to log out and log back in each time they switch accounts, carry two separate phones, or worry about sending messages from an incorrect place.
“This is especially useful for people switching between accounts, such as your work and personal – enabling it so that you don’t need to log out each time, carry two phones or worry about messaging from the wrong account,” according to a spokesperson for WhatsApp.
Meta goes on to say that in order to create a second WhatsApp account, users will need a second phone number, a SIM card, or a phone that supports multi-SIM or eSIM technology. Users will also require a second phone or SIM card in order to get the one-time passcode that WhatsApp will issue via SMS in order to validate their second account on another device. Access the WhatsApp settings by clicking on the arrow next to your name and selecting “Add account.” Users can also customize their account’s privacy and notification settings.
How to use two WhatsApp accounts simultaneously
In simpler words, to use two WhatsApp accounts in one phone:
1.) Open WhatsApp and click the three dots in the top right corner.
2.) Tap “Settings” first, then “Account.”
3.) To create your second account, select “Add account” and follow the instructions that appear.
4.) After you’ve created your second account, you can switch between them by tapping the three dots in the top right corner of the app, then “Account.”
Notably, the feature to move between accounts is presently available only for Android. In the upcoming weeks, users will start receiving the new update. Additionally, Meta advises users to stay away from downloading fake or unauthorised versions of WhatsApp in order to add more accounts to their phones and to only use the legitimate version. While imitations of WhatsApp might not provide the same level of security, the official version guarantees the confidentiality and privacy of your messages.
In the meantime, the new feature is Meta’s decision to make it easier for users to use multiple WhatsApp accounts on various devices. In 2021, the company introduced a multi-device feature that allows users to access their accounts across Android tablets, browsers, or computers. Meta has now extended this feature to encompass additional smartphones. This means that you can now use your WhatsApp account on two phones simultaneously.