Meta-owned WhatsApp has announced a new feature that allows users to have two WhatsApp accounts simultaneously. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared the news, revealing that Android users will soon be able to enjoy this functionality. This update eliminates the need to log out frequently or carry two phones.
To set up a second WhatsApp account, you’ll require a second phone number and SIM card or a phone that supports multi-SIM or eSIM. Simply access your WhatsApp settings, click on the arrow beside your name, and select “Add account.” Each account can have its unique privacy and notification settings.
WhatsApp emphasizes the importance of using the official app and warns against downloading imitations or fake versions for added accounts, as message security is only guaranteed with the official app.
In addition to this, WhatsApp is introducing a password-less passkey feature for Android users to enhance security and streamline login. Passkeys can replace traditional passwords, relying on your device’s authentication methods like facial recognition, fingerprint, or PIN. This feature will roll out to Android users in the coming weeks and months, making two-factor SMS authentication a thing of the past.