With its mass popularity and ease of use, it’s no surprise that WhatsApp as a messenger has amassed such a massive userbase. With billions using the app for daily conversations, WhatsApp is one of the most used chat messengers in the world. However, an issue that several users (including me) have with WhatsApp is the inability to use the same account on multiple phones. Since most users now dabble with multiple devices, using WhatsApp on two phones is almost essential. And though using WhatsApp on multiple devices sure has gotten easier, it still doesn’t fully support two phones simultaneously. So, if you are someone who wants to learn how to use the same WhatsApp number on two phones, we have a solution for you. So let’s not waste time and dive right in.
Use the Same WhatsApp Account on Two Phones in 2022 (Working Method)
Depending on what kind of phone you have (Android or iOS), we have divided this guide into two sections. So use the table below to jump to the steps for your supported platform. Also, we have included a section to highlight the multi-device feature that will enable you to use the same WhatsApp account on two phones in the future.
How to Use the Same WhatsApp Account on Two Phones
Now, unfortunately, there is no official way to fully use the same WhatsApp account on two phones. The messaging company is still testing the waters for multi-phone support, and we will have to rely on a simple yet effective workaround.
This workaround involves you setting up WhatsApp on your primary phone (if you don’t already have one) and then logging in on the other device using the WhatsApp web client. While we realize this is not a native app, it will get you the functionality on your second smartphone. Furthermore, this will allow you to seamlessly use the same account on both phones for WhatsApp conversations.
If you don’t wish to go through this slightly tedious method, we suggest you read about the WhatsApp multi-device feature below. You will then know when and how you will officially be able to use the same WhatsApp phone number on two phones with ease.
Requirements for Setting up WhatsApp on Two Phones
Before we begin, there are certain requirements you need to fulfill to make the process work for you. Make sure you cross off the following items:
1. WhatsApp Already Set up on Your Primary Device
To make sure your secondary WhatsApp connection works, you will need the messenger installed and set up on your primary device. If you already use WhatsApp on your main phone, then you are good to go. Otherwise, make sure to set up the app on your primary phone before proceeding further.
2. Secondary Device with Internet Connectivity
To make sure the set-up process works without problems, you also need a secondary phone with internet connectivity. However, don’t fret, as you don’t need to install the WhatsApp app on it. Simply set it up and have it charged.
3. Web Browser of Your Choice
Our workaround to use WhatsApp on two phones will revolve around using a web browser. While any web browser will work, we personally recommend Google Chrome (Free) as it was fast and error-free in our testing. When it comes to iOS, we used Safari for this demo.
How to Use the Same WhatsApp Number on Two Android Phones
With the above requirements in tow, let’s begin setting up WhatsApp on two phones at once. Make sure both devices are connected to the internet before you proceed. Follow the steps below to set up the messenger:
1. Open WhatsApp on your primary phone. Tap the Ellipsis icon (three dots) on the top right to reveal a dropdown menu.
2. In the dropdown menu, tap the “Linked Devices” option. If you are used to using WhatsApp on other devices, you will know about this feature already.
3. Now, move to your secondary phone and go to the following address – “web.whatsapp.com“. You will be met by a webpage urging you to download the mobile app. Let’s bypass that.
4. At the top right corner, tap the ellipsis icon (three dots) in Chrome to open a dropdown menu.
5. You will see an option called “Desktop Site“. Tap that, and you will see the page reload to open the desktop version of the WhatsApp Web app.
7. You will now be met by the good old WhatsApp Web login page, showing you a QR Code.
8. With the previous steps followed on your primary device, click the “Link a Device” button to bring up the QR code scanner.
9. Position the QR code on the second phone below the scanner, and you will see the “Logging in” dialog almost instantly.
10. And before you know it, you will see your primary WhatsApp chats 0pen on your second phone. Congratulations, you now know how to use the same WhatsApp number on two phones.
Create a WhatsApp Shortcut on Your Second Android Device
Now that you know how to use your existing WhatsApp account on your second phone, it should be easy to access at any time, right? For that, we will show you how to add a quick shortcut for WhatsApp Web on your home screen on Android. Here’s how it works:
1. With WhatsApp Web and your chats open on the secondary phone, tap the ellipsis icon (three dots) on the top right corner in Chrome.
2. Then, tap on the “Add to Home Screen” option.
3. After that, rename the WhatsApp tab to anything you fancy or leave it be. Next, tap on “Add“, and you are done. You can now click the Whatsapp icon on the home screen to quickly get back to this tab.
How to Use the Same WhatsApp Number on Two iPhones
While Apple is known for restricting a whole bunch of stuff, thankfully, the workaround is supported on iOS devices as well. We will use the Safari browser for the below steps. Follow them closely to make sure you are on track.
1. Open WhatsApp Messenger on your primary iPhone. Then, tap the “Settings” cog in the bottom navigation bar.
2. Next, select the “Linked Devices” option. If you are used to using WhatsApp on other devices, you will know how this feature works.
3. Now, on your secondary iPhone, open Safari and go to the following address – “web.whatsapp.com“. You will see a page urging you to download the app, but as you’ve already learned, we need to access the desktop version of the website.
4. So, tap the AA icon on the top left corner of the address bar in Safari. Then, select the “Request Desktop Website” option from the dropdown menu. The page will now reload and open the WhatsApp Web login UI.
Note: The page might have reloaded to the official WhatsApp website again. In that case, write the WhatsApp Web address again, and it will open the desktop version of the app.
5. You will now see the familiar WhatsApp Web layout, albeit with bad scaling. Position the QR code in the middle of the screen.
6. Now, move back to your primary iPhone and click the “Link a Device” button to bring up the QR code scanner.
7. Now, scan the QR code on the second iPhone to log into WhatsApp Web. And before you know it, you will see your primary WhatsApp and chats load up on your iOS device.
8. To make sure WhatsApp always opens up on the desktop version on your secondary iPhone, click on the AA menu again -> Website Settings and toggle on the “Request Desktop Website” option.
And that’s it. You have successfully learned how to use the same WhatsApp phone number on two iPhones. Now, you can navigate to the same tab when you want to access this account or optionally create a shortcut by following the steps in the next section.
How to Create a WhatsApp Web Shortcut on Your iPhone
Follow the steps below to quickly create a WhatsApp shortcut on your iPhone, so you can access your account from the second device right from the home screen. This is the same technique as the guide for how to set up and use WhatsApp on iPad. So let’s look at how it works:
1. With WhatsApp Web open on your secondary device, tap the “share icon” on the bottom navigation bar. A pop-up menu will open up.
2. Now, scroll up and tap on the “Add to Home Screen” button. This will open another menu.
3. Here, you can rename the page to whatever you want its name to be on your home screen. Once done, tap “Add” on the top right corner, and you will see the shortcut on your iPhone’s home screen.
Use WhatsApp on Two Phones: Limitations of This Method
As you can see, this method of getting the same WhatsApp number to work on two phones is not pitch-perfect. The first and foremost thing you will notice is the scaling issue. Since the web app is not meant to be opened on a mobile device, its entire web UI appears zoomed out. To get past that, we had to manually zoom in onto chats a few times to properly read and reply to messages.
Unfortunately, there is no way to get around this, as we mentioned, the website was not designed for mobile devices. In our testing, there were also times when the page randomly refreshed, and we had to log in again. But don’t worry, as it’s normal. Nevertheless, in its current form, this is a good way to easily use the same WhatsApp account on two devices without problems.
WhatsApp Multi-Device for Phones Coming Soon
While using this handy workaround does get you to use your WhatsApp account on two phones, there might be an easier way coming soon. If you remember back in 2021, WhatsApp launched its Multi-device beta. The beta aimed at creating a multi-device kind of experience, the feature allowed WhatsApp users to use the app on their primary phone and on four other devices simultaneously (even when their primary phone wasn’t connected to the internet).
The multi-device feature launched in beta then is now loved by users who want to extend their experience onto desktops. Furthermore, the feature has now extended to tablets, and it has been available to Anmol from our team for a couple of weeks now. So if you’re someone with a tablet and want to use the same WhatsApp account as your phone on it, you can do so if using the latest beta app.
after @WABetaInfo‘s tweet, installed WhatsApp on my Oppo Pad and got the option to link the tab to my phone, i.e add existing account via the multi-device feature
As you can see yourself, multi-device is slowly evolving. Furthermore, it has been an open secret for some time that WhatsApp has been hard at work for the same multi-device functionality for phones too. In a recent report, WABetaInfo mentioned that the feature is under development but isn’t sure when it will be rolled out.
However, as far as releases go, once WhatsApp has cleaned up its features enough, a beta for multi-device phones should be out soon. So if you can’t be bothered to go through the workaround above, sit back and wait for the official phone linking feature to use WhatsApp on two phones at once.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is my secondary WhatsApp safe from snooping and hacking?
Yes, it absolutely is. WhatsApp Web connection, no matter which platform you are using, is protected by end-to-end encryption. What this means is that no third party can intercept the messages between you and the person you’re sending the messages to. However, that doesn’t cover people sneaking up on you to read your chats so be careful of them.
Can I repeat the same process with a third phone?
Yes, you can. As long as you have a free slot in your linked devices, you can go on to connect more phones without any issues.
Does this work with a mixture of Android and iOS devices?
While we have listed the steps for Android and iOS separately, you can go ahead and combine the two platforms to use them together.
How do I log out once I’m done?
If you do need to log out, it works the same way as on WhatsApp Web. Simply tap the ellipsis icon on the top right and tap “Log Out” to do so.
Have Fun Using the Same WhatsApp Phone on Multiple Devices
I hope you find this guide helpful in expanding your WhatsApp network to even more devices. To add your PC to this list, head on over and check out the WhatsApp native Windows app. A lot of interesting features might be coming to WhatsApp, including the ability to chat with yourself, screenshot blocking for View Once photos, and even editing your sent messages, so having the messenger on multiple devices will be even more useful. So how’s your experience with this method? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!