What is the “companion mode”, the new WhatsApp function that users were crying out for

If the more than 2,000 million users that WhatsApp has around the world asked for something, it was that the messaging application incorporates the possibility of working with different devices at the same time, and without the need for an Internet connection. Fortunately, the company led by Mark Zuckerberg heeded the requests, although there is still no confirmed release date.

According to the specialized site wabetainfoWhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play beta program (version 2.22.15.13), whose main novelty is the synchronization of chats between mobile devices.

The new function that everyone was waiting for in WhatsApp is coming (Photo: File)

As indicated by the medium, the latest news about the long-awaited multi-device function It had come to light in May of this yearin an article that highlighted the advantages of the so-called “companion mode”.

WhatsApp’s new feature, “companion mode” (in English, “companion mode”), will allow users to link a secondary mobile device to their WhatsApp account without the need to have an active Internet connection on the main device to be able to send messages.

In other words, each user will be able to use the same WhatsApp account on more than one device at the same time. Something that is already possible by linking a desktop device, such as the computer (via WhatsApp Web), only now WhatsApp is working on the possibility of linking a secondary phone to that same account.

Thanks to the new beta update of WhatsApp for Android 2.22.15.13, wabetainfo was able to confirm that the platform is currently working on synchronizing chat history between mobile devices.

WhatsApp is working on synchronizing chat history between mobile devices (Photo: Courtesy wabetainfo.com)
WhatsApp is working on synchronizing chat history between mobile devices (Photo: Courtesy wabetainfo.com)

When users enter WhatsApp from a secondary mobile device, their chats are securely copied to the companion device, they specified from the specialized website. However, they clarified that the process may take a while to complete, so the platform is working on adding the same system message in WhatsApp Web/Desktopwhich explains that the chats are still in sync, so old messages are not available, at least momentarily.

In the article published in May, a screenshot shows how the company was already working on a “companion mode” to allow a secondary device to be linked to another already registered WhatsApp account.

"companion mode"the long-awaited feature of WhatsApp, is getting closer (Photo: Courtesy wabetainfo.com)
“Companion mode”, the long-awaited WhatsApp feature, is getting closer (Photo: Courtesy wabetainfo.com)

At that time, little or nothing was known about this new function, but it was confirmed that the “companion mode” would also allow Android tablets to be linked, another expected novelty.

From the website they were in charge of clarifying that, unfortunately, there is still no agreed release date and it is impossible to know when WhatsApp plans to implement the claimed “companion mode”. This function is still under development, they indicated from Wabetainfo. In addition, they reported that the beta update of WhatsApp for Android 2.22.15.11 was released and that several of those who had the opportunity to try it were finally able to transfer your chat history from Android to iOS, another of the complaints that users had when changing the operating system of their mobile devices.

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What is the “companion mode”, the new WhatsApp function that users were crying out for