WhatsApp, the widely-used messaging app, has rolled out an update allowing users to maintain two separate accounts on a single phone. This feature, highly anticipated by users juggling between personal and work accounts, reflects a significant shift from WhatsApp’s previous one-account-per-device policy.
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A Step Towards User Convenience
Previously, WhatsApp users were constrained to one account per device and one device per account. This limitation often led to the need for carrying multiple phones or resorting to unofficial workarounds for those needing to manage both personal and work communications through WhatsApp. However, the new update marks a departure from this restrictive approach, making life considerably easier for multi-account users.
Check official Mark Zuckerberg’s Announcement: https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10115317875092321?ref=embed_post
Setting Up is a Breeze
The process to set up a secondary account is straightforward. Users will need a second phone number and SIM card, or a phone that accepts multi-SIM or eSIM. To set up a second account, users simply need to navigate to WhatsApp settings, click on the arrow next to their name, and select “Add account.” The settings for privacy and notifications can be managed individually for each account, providing a layer of customization that many will find useful.
There’s a slight catch to this feature. Both SIMs need to be active on the phone to switch between the two accounts seamlessly. This might still necessitate the use of the previous workaround of using the main WhatsApp app for one account and the WA Business app for the other, for users who do not wish to have both SIMs on the same phone.
Anticipate a Gradual Rollout
As with many new features from WhatsApp, a phased rollout is expected. So, if you don’t see the feature immediately, be patient as it’s likely to become available on your device in the coming days or weeks. This new feature is a testament to WhatsApp’s ongoing efforts to enhance user experience and adapt to their evolving needs.