A few hours ago Meta launched a new update for WhatsApp that allows you to use the same number on four smartphones, an operation possible on both Android and iOS. The announcement came with a post on Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg: the feature was already active to take advantage of the ‘multi-device’ on computers and tablets, but support for smartphones was still expected. In this way, each user can duplicate his unique account on other mobile phones, to view the same chats and multimedia contents.
Guaranteed end-to-end encryption
WhatsApp guarantees that each smartphone connected to the account will be able to boast end-to-end encryption, i.e. the same that already protects messages, photos and videos, on the first device. To add a new smartphone, simply go to the app settings, then to the ‘connected devices’ item and touch ‘connect a device’, to then scan the code displayed on the display of the first telephone with the additional mobile phone.
Main smartphone online at least once
Alternatively, you can enter your phone number on WhatsApp Web to receive a one-time code that you can use to connect the other device. Despite the duplication of the number, Meta explains that the different associated devices will always be considered as secondary. This will mean that the main smartphone must be online at least once every 30 days to keep the connected devices operational, otherwise the account will be temporarily blocked due to inactivity.