WhatsApp announced today that ir will very soon be rolling out the ability for users to use two accounts simultaneously. That means you can switch between two WhatsApp accounts on the same phone.
Before this, if Whatsapp users wanted more than one account, for example one personal account and another for business, then they needed to use two different cell phones, because they needed two different cell phone numbers to register accounts.
Mark Zuckerberg announced the feature on his Facebook page and said the feature is coming soon to users.
Historically, people had to carry two phones to use two WhatsApp accounts. Now, the company is making it possible to use just one phone for two accounts. Phone manufacturers such as Xiaomi and Oppo have also had features like app cloning to let people take advantage of multiple WhatsApp instances.
Users can go to Settings > Add Account to add a second account. While setting up, you will need your second phone with SIM or a phone with physical or eSIM facility for multi-SIM. The company said that you will be able to manage separate notifications and privacy settings for each account.
WhatsApp warned against fake versions of the app to prevent fraud.
Earlier this week, WhatsApp rolled out passkey support for the Android version, so users can log into the app without SMS-based two-factor authentication.
Sources: TechCrunch, Meta.