Latest WhatsApp Beta Release Expands Multi-Device Support Capability to Android Tablets

  • Ethan Smith
  • 26 Sep 2022

After all the speculations, leaks, and semi-official announcements, we finally have a confirmation that the much-anticipated Companion mode beta feature is now available for select testers. According to WABetaInfo, a website that leaks news about WhatsApp developments, the latest WhatsApp beta update for Android v2.22.21.6 makes the Companion mode accessible to some testers who can use it to link their WhatsApp account from a smartphone to an Android tablet via a QR code.

Launching Companion mode seems to be a no-fuss job, similar to how you would set up multi-device support on WhatsApp Web/Desktop. Before you begin, ensure that you have the latest WhatsApp beta release. If you are eager to test the feature yourself, follow the instructions below:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your Android smartphone and tap the three-dot menu at the top right corner (it is the gear icon for iPhones).
  2. In the WhatsApp Settings, select Linked Devices.
  3. Use your phone camera to scan the QR code shown on your Android tablet.

Once the set-up is complete, chats should synchronize between the two devices almost immediately. From now on, you can use WhatsApp on your tablet, even when your primary phone is offline.

Given that the Companion mode functionality is still under construction, a few features might be missing on your linked tablet. These will likely include Communities and Live Locations. Also, with your tablet now linked, there is only room for three other companion devices to connect, and none of them can be another smartphone just yet.

What do you think of WhatsApp’s Companion mode feature for Android tablets? Are you happy with how the company is implementing the multi-device support idea in general? Speak up in the comments below!

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