Multi-device beta: How to use WhatsApp on up to 4 devices without keeping phone connected

WhatsApp’s multi-device beta is an opt-in program that gives you early access to try a new version of WhatsApp for Web, Desktop, and Portal. If you join the multi-device beta, you’ll be able to use linked companion devices without the need to keep your phone connected.

Note:

  • You can use WhatsApp on up to four companion devices at one time, but can only have one phone connected to your WhatsApp account at one time.
  • You’ll still need to register your WhatsApp account and link new devices with your phone.
  • If you don’t use your phone for over 14 days, your linked devices will become disconnected.

How to join or leave the multi-device beta

For the best experience, update to the latest version of WhatsApp on your device. After joining the multi-device beta, you’ll need to relink your companion devices.

Join the multi-device beta:

Android
  1. Open WhatsApp > tap More options.
  2. Tap Linked Devices.
  3. Tap Multi-device beta.
  4. Tap JOIN BETA.
iPhone
  1. Go to WhatsApp Settings.
  2. Tap Linked Devices.
  3. Tap Multi-Device Beta.
  4. Tap Join Beta.

Leave the multi-device beta:

Android
  1. Open WhatsApp > tap More options.
  2. Tap Linked Devices.
  3. Tap Multi-device beta.
  4. Tap LEAVE BETA.
iPhone
  1. Go to WhatsApp Settings.
  2. Tap Linked Devices.
  3. Tap Multi-Device Beta.
  4. Tap Leave the beta.

Eligibility

The multi-device beta is currently available to people using the latest version of WhatsApp or the WhatsApp Business app on Android and iPhone.

Unsupported features

These features aren’t currently supported:

  • Clearing or deleting chats on companion devices if your primary device is an iPhone.
  • Messaging or calling someone who is using a very old version of WhatsApp on their phone.
  • Using tablets.
  • Viewing live location on companion devices.
  • Creating and viewing a broadcast list on companion devices.
  • Calling between Portals that have joined the Multi-Device Beta and Portals that haven’t joined.
  • Sending messages with link previews from WhatsApp Web.
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