Huge update! Get two WhatsApp accounts on one smartphone now

  • WhatsApp has started rolling out an update that allows users to open 2 accounts on one smartphone. Know how to do it.

| Updated on: Oct 20 2023, 00:00 IST
In brief: Top 5 WhatsApp Business partners
1/6 Thanks to the Business API and software development kit, WhatsApp Business capabilities are now accessible to developers. With the help of the WhatsApp API, several small and big businesses can now sell their products in a better way. (Divya / HT Tech)
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2/6 Gupshup is one of those options! It is a conversational messaging platform that processes over 6 billion messages each month. It provides a comprehensive conversational experience-building toolkit for any use case, and a network of growing market relationships with messaging channels, device makers, ISVs, and operators. (Gupshup)
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3/6 Another option is Haptik, which is a conversational commerce firm that can create WhatsApp chatbots to automate client interactions, conduct transactions, and gather leads by sending customized alerts. (Haptik / Twitter)
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4/6 Yellow AI: While browsing through product categories, customers have the ability to engage with businesses by placing orders, adjusting quantities, cancelling orders, and requesting returns. (Yellow AI / Twitter)
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5/6 Twilio: It can be altered to suit your company's requirements. Features can be added or removed according to the need. An omnichannel contact centre, SMS marketing, push notifications, web chat, call monitoring, phone verification, alerts and notifications, and much more can be built using Twilio. (Twilio / Twitter)
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6/6 WATI: It is an authorized WhatsApp Business Solution Provider that enables companies to automate business communication using chatbots and other cutting-edge technology. A shared inbox is one such unique solution that enables companies to respond to client inquiries instantly and improve client engagement. (Bloomberg)
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To open 2 WhatsApp accounts on one phone, you will need a second phone number and SIM card, or a phone that accepts multi-SIM or eSIM. (MINT_PRINT)

One is good, but two is better. At least that is what WhatsApp thinks and the same would apply to the hundreds of millions of its subscribers who have been waiting for a long time for the Meta Platforms-owned app to roll out a feature that would allow multiple accounts to be opened on one smartphone. And yes, according to the WhatsApp blog today, you can have the luxury of opening two accounts on one smartphone. And no, if you really want to know, you will not have to log out of one to take a look at the other account, which is a true blessing. The WhatsApp update has already started rolling out and will gradually reach everyone.

WhatsApp, in its blog, stated, "Today, we're introducing the ability to have two WhatsApp accounts logged in at the same time. Helpful for switching between accounts – such as your work and personal – now you no longer need to log out each time, carry two phones or worry about messaging from the wrong place."

So many benefits listed out in such a short paragraph!

If you want to know about the process required to set up the second account, then know that you will need a second phone number and SIM card, or a phone that accepts multi-SIM or eSIM. Yes, that doesn't really sound very prepossessing, but there you have it, leave it or lump it.

How to open second WhatsApp account on your smartphone

Go to WhatsApp, then open settings feature, click on the arrow next to your name, and click “Add account”. It is better to go through and fix your privacy and notification settings on each account appropriately as it can become quite important.

With so many fakes going around, WhatsApp also had a warning for users saying that they should only use the official WhatsApp app and not download imitations or fake versions in order to get more accounts on your smartphone. In fact, WhatsApp frowns on anyone that seeks to link it with a number of questionable clones that have some nifty features, but are not safe at all. WhatsApp can even impose penalties on its subscribers who do that. 

Also, WhatsApp messages are only secure and private when using the official WhatsApp. So, if you are not the adventurous kinds, the path has been more or less laid down by WhatsApp.

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First Published Date: 19 Oct, 23:59 IST