The latest WhatsApp beta for Android – version 184.108.40.206 brings companion mode which allows you to link a secondary phone to your primary account. WhatsApp lets you link up to four Android phones to your primary account and you get to access all the regular WhatsApp features and message encryption.
Companion mode is activated by going to the options menu on the registration screen and selecting “Link a device” from the dropdown menu. The feature is only rolled out to some beta users for now while a wider rollout will take more time.
The latest WhatsApp beta for Android also brings the ability to link an Android tablet. This feature is only available to some beta testers for now and is found in the linked devices beta option in the devices section of the settings menu. The pairing process is straightforward and done via scanning a QR code.
The Companion mode lets users connect up to four devices at once. For those concerned about privacy and security, all calls and messages will still be end-to-end encrypted on linked devices.
The companion mode is especially useful for people who use an iPhone as their primary device and want to use WhatsApp on an Android tablet or phone. Since WhatsApp is gradually rolling out the Companion mode, it might take a while before the feature is available on your device.