Two new The WhatsApp Beta versions are currently available for Android users. One makes it easy to self-message and the other offers Companion Mode, which lets you connect up to four phones to a single account.
WhatsApp technically already has the ability to send messages to your own phone number, but you had to use the Click to Chat feature to open a new chat room and send it there. Now it’s even simpler. According to WABetaInfo (Opens in a new tab)All you have to do is open your contact list where you will see a new contact named “I (you)” and the words “Message yourself” under it. Click that, send yourself a message, and you’re done.
In addition to connecting to other devices, Companion mode also transfers data, such as chat history, from the account to a new device. WABetaInfo states that some features will not work. You may not be able to manage broadcast listings and posters, or view live locations. Personal messages and calls will remain with end-to-end encryption so you can rest easy knowing your information is safe.
To activate companion mode, you must first Open the recording screen (Opens in a new tab) Expand the list of options. There should be an option to link a secondary phone by scanning a QR code. If you do not see the option, you will have to wait for the next beta. WABetaInfo explains that beta versions are released in waves and it can take several weeks for a select few to get them.
If you are interested in becoming one of the lucky few to experience both features, you will first have to join our Google Play Beta Program (Opens in a new tab) And install WhatsApp version 188.8.131.52. There are plans to include tablets in companion mode, but there’s no word on when that will happen. We’ve reached out to Meta and asked when both features will be released for Android devices. This story will be updated if we hear back.
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