So you want to share the same WhatsApp account on two separate phones?

Technically, you can't: "There is no option to have a WhatsApp account with two phone numbers", says the WhatsApp FAQs – an unhelpful answer if you have a second phone but don't want to deactivate WhatsApp on your first phone.

Thanks to WhatsApp for web, however, there is an easy work-around. It's not perfect – as in you can't use the app version on both phones – but it will let you access the same account on separate devices. Here's how:

  • Open the browser on your second phone and head to WhatsApp Web (web.whatsapp.com)
  • Go to the Settings (three dots in the top right corner) and switch over to Desktop View, which should take you to a page with a QR code.

(If you get redirected to the WhatsApp desktop homepage, just click "WhatsApp Web" in the top left).

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  • Open the WhatsApp app on your first phone and go to Settings > Click on WhatsApp Web > Click on Link Device
  • Scan the QR code from your second phone

How to get Whatsapp on a second phone

  • You should now be able to use WhatsApp on both phones

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