On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of WhatsApp’s parent company, Meta, announced on his Facebook page that users will soon be able to add two WhatsApp accounts on the same device within the messaging app.
The recent update, which was also announced via the WhatsApp blog, says the new feature will allow Android users to be logged in to two WhatsApp accounts simultaneously, letting them seamlessly switch between accounts without any hassle.
This is great news, particularly for those who frequently switch between accounts, such as work and personal, eliminating the need to carry an additional handset to access WhatsApp.
Further, the multiple accounts support feature will allow users to manage their personal communications, work-related conversations, and other social interactions within a single app. Users will also be able to customize privacy and notification settings for each of their accounts.
“Helpful for switching between accounts – such as your work and personal – now you no longer need to log out each time, carry two phones or worry about messaging from the wrong place,” the company said in a blog post.
To set up a second account, you will need a second phone number, SIM card, or phone that supports multi-SIM or eSIM functionality. Open WhatsApp and click on the Settings icon at the bottom right. Then, click the arrow next to your name and click “Add account”.
Follow the instructions to set up your second account. If you are unable to see the arrow option, check the Play Store for any pending WhatsApp updates.
Meta recommends users use only the official WhatsApp and not download imitations or fake versions to add more accounts to their phone.
“As a reminder, only use the official WhatsApp and don’t download imitations or fake versions as a way of getting more accounts on your phone. Your messages are only secure and private when using the official WhatsApp,” it said.
The multiple accounts support feature on WhatsApp is currently rolling out only for Android users. They will receive the new update in the coming weeks.