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WhatsApp enables account switching for Android

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To streamline the WhatsApp experience for those with more than one WhatsApp account, Meta has announced that Android users can switch between different WhatsApp accounts on a single device.

This feature will eliminate the inconvenience of managing multiple accounts and reduce the need to juggle between devices or continually log in and out of separate accounts. Mark Zuckerberg announced the feature on Facebook.

The upcoming feature is expected to debut in the coming weeks, allowing users to manage conversations across distinct accounts more easily. For instance, this innovation will benefit individuals who maintain one WhatsApp account for professional use and another for personal communication.

It’s essential to note that while this feature simplifies the user experience, setting up a second WhatsApp account will still require a unique phone number and SIM card or a device compatible with multi-SIM or eSIM technology. The second account’s initial verification process will necessitate using a second device or SIM card to receive a one-time passcode via SMS, reported The Verge.

Source: Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook

However, once the verification is complete, users can access both accounts on a single device, eliminating the need for constant switching.

WhatsApp launched the beta version of the multi-device feature in 2021, allowing users to use WhatsApp on four other non-mobile devices, excluding their current phone.

In April 2023, Meta added a feature where users can use the same account on multiple mobile phones by linking the devices.

Meta has been continuously improving WhatsApp for years now. WhatsApp rolled out Call Silencing in June to stop spam calls in India, its biggest user base. In the same month, WhatsApp released Channels, a one-to-many broadcast feature.

In May 2023, WhatsApp allowed users to edit sent messages and inducted the Chat Lock feature to password-protect conversations.

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Kumar Hemant

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