Communication plays a crucial role in both personal and professional lives. WhatsApp, one of the world’s most popular messaging platforms, understands the importance of providing users with convenience and flexibility. Enabling users to manage their work and personal life on a single Android smartphone, WhatsApp has now introduced the ability to have two accounts without the need to log out each time.
“We’re introducing the ability to have two WhatsApp accounts on Android 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,” the online messaging platform said in a blog.
Here is how you can set up your second WhatsApp account
To set up a second WhatsApp account on your Android device, you will need a second phone number and SIM card, or a smartphone that accepts multi-SIM or eSIM. If you meet these criteria, now simply open your WhatsApp settings, tap on the arrow next to your name and click on ‘Add account’.
Ensuring complete safety and security, the messaging app allows users to take full control of their privacy and notification settings on each account. “As a reminder, only use the official WhatsApp and don’t download imitations or fake versions as a way of getting more accounts on your phone. Your messages are only secure and private when using the official WhatsApp.” the company further added in the blog.
How beneficial will having two WhatsApp accounts be?
After the announcement of two WhatsApp accounts on Android devices, Rahul Mathur, who is now building Insurance Dekho, said that it has some profound implications for Indian users.
“A number of Indian companies (even at 100+ employees) operate their business on WhatsApp: (a) Use Groups for internal team work (b) Use Groups to collaborate w/ clients (c) Use voice / video call in 1-1 & group setting. The way I explain this to folks in the West – “we use WhatsApp as a substitute for Zoom, Gmail & Slack. Note: Especially for field Sales & Ops roles in India, WhatsApp is indispensable. You cannot use any other tools which cost money (due to P&L constraints), ” he tweeted on X, formerly Twitter.
He further added that this will create two problems “(1) As an employee, it is hard to separate personal & work life on WhatsApp (messages, Status etc) (2) Privacy risk: Many aren’t comfortable sharing their mobile number w/ 100’s of colleagues,” but also stated that the best part is it will be free.
Meanwhile, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder and CEO at Paytm also reacted to the update by saying that, “This could be a killer feature for Indian market.”
Well what do you have to say on having two WhatsApp accounts on your Android device?