Two new Whatsapp Betas are currently available for Android users. One makes it much easier to message yourself, and the other introduces Companion mode, which lets you connect up to four phones to one account.
WhatsApp technically already had 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 them there. Now it’s much slimmer. According to WABetaInfo (opens in new tab), all you have to do is open your contact list, where you will see a new “I (you)” contact and the words “Send yourself a message” below it. Tap on it, send a message to yourself and you’re done.
Besides connecting to other devices, companion mode also transfers data like your chat history from the account to a new device. WABetaInfo indicates that some functions are not working. You may not be able to manage broadcast lists and stickers, or view live locations. Personal messages and calls continue to be end-to-end encrypted, so you can rest assured that your information is safe.
To enable companion mode, you must first open the registration screen (opens in new tab) and expand the options menu. There should be an option to link a second phone by scanning a QR code. If you don’t see the option, you’ll have to wait for the next beta. WABetaInfo explains that the betas roll out in waves and it may take a few weeks for a select few to get them.
If you’re interested in potentially becoming one of the lucky few to try both features, you’ll need to join first Google Play Beta Program (opens in new tab) and install WhatsApp version 22.214.171.124. There are plans to include tablets in companion mode, but there is no information on when that will happen. We reached out to Meta to ask when both features will be rolling out to Android devices. This story will be updated when we get feedback.
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