WhatsApp has reportedly started offering a companion mode feature for beta users of the app. Companion Mode is a feature that allows users to connect their WhatsApp account to another mobile device.
Quote from WABetaInfo, Tuesday, November 15, 2022 This feature was originally present in the WhatsApp beta for Android version 126.96.36.199. This update allows users to link their accounts to their Android tablets.
This feature has now been expanded to allow many WhatsApp beta users to link their accounts to other Android smartphones. So users can use one account on different mobile devices.
For reference, the companion mode is said to have improved the existing multi-device function. The multi-device feature allows users to link their accounts on different devices, but this only applies to devices outside of a smartphone, such as a PC or web version.
This feature allows users to access all features of the WhatsApp application, including support for encryption, on two different Android smartphones. However, in the case of the trial version, there is a possibility that you may not be able to access all features.
Companion Mode itself can be accessed from the Connect Devices menu if you wish to log in. Later, when users want to enter their WhatsApp account on that device, they just need to scan the QR code displayed on the second device.
After successfully linking your account, your entire chat history will be linked to your new device. It’s been lifted, but it’s unclear when all WhatsApp users will be able to use the feature.
Also, the number of Android smartphones that will support this feature is not yet known. This is because the multi-device function currently supports up to 4 devices, and whether this function will be applied is still unknown.
Previously, WhatsApp introduced a community feature to its messaging service that was unveiled earlier this year.
This new feature of WhatsApp allows users to easily manage all groups connected to each other and create subgroups for different topics.
Communities like neighbors and colleagues can now link multiple groups together under one umbrella to manage group conversations on WhatsApp.
By logging in to a community, users can easily switch between groups to get the information they need when needed.
Group admins can also send updates or important updates to everyone in the community.
The company confirms that chats in the WhatsApp community still have end-to-end encryption already present in the Meta app.
“There have been 12 communities in Indonesia that have had the opportunity to try out the community feature over the past few months,” Esther Sambuh, Indonesian public policy director for WhatsApp, said in a statement.
These communities include Jump Delicious, a popular cooking enthusiast community, and Play: On Indonesia community, a Mini 4WD enthusiast community.
“We hope that with WhatsApp’s community feature, more groups in Indonesia will be able to better manage their members on WhatsApp,” said Esther.
Besides launching a community, WhatsApp has introduced a number of new features that it claims can improve users’ daily communication.
In this WhatsApp update, the company introduced a feature that allows users to create votes in groups of up to 1024 users and chats and video calls with up to 32 people.
Like emoji reactions, large file sharing, and message manager deletion, this feature works for all groups, but it’s especially useful for communities.
Info, this new feature will not be distributed equally to all WhatsApp users on Android and iOS. This WhatsApp update plan will start rolling out gradually to all users.
Users can create up to 10 subgroups, and each subgroup can have up to 512 members.
When a WhatsApp community is created, a group is automatically created under it. For example, WhatsApp users can create communities for schools with subgroups for each class or extracurricular activity.
Admins or admins can send ads to the entire group to reach only specific users or groups.
Community members may also decide to join subgroups based on their interests. You can also leave subgroups whenever you want without leaving the community itself.
WhatsApp Community also allows users to block specific people, report abuse, and other features.
Communities can also function as regular chats, and chats are end-to-end encrypted.