WhatsApp on 2 Android Devices
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WhatsApp only allows one mobile device per account. About 6 years ago it became possible to clone WhatsApp
to one device (PC) with WhatsApp for Web in a browser or with the WhatsApp for Desktop program. Recently WhatsApp
introduced a beta program allowing up to four clones, but still only allowing one Android device. But here is a fix
to allow another Android device!
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I prefer having WhatsApp on my tablet which has a bigger screen than my phone, and I am mostly at home. At times
WhatsApp would be nice to have on the phone when away, e.g. to send a picture straight away even when travelling without the tablet.
The trick is to get the device to pass as a non-mobile device, Desktop. Have found a browser app that allows this persistently:
The Brave Browser
can enable Site Settings "Desktop Mode" permanently. When opening https://web.whatsapp.com a QE Code will appear, which scanned
by the WhatsApp master device will pair the devices and create the clone. Note web not www!
Pictures can be shared in the clone's Message box using the paper clip (but not shared via the device's file manager). There are
WhatsApp clone apps in the Play Store - but I have not found a free one without very disturbing adverts and/or needing frequent re-linking.
The need for re-linking is a problem for browsers that do not make the Desktop mode permanent.
Addendum 2021-11-23: Found out that Chrome://flags enables a global setting of the Chrome Browser
to Desktop mode. With this a WhatsApp clone can be created. But I do not want all sites on Chrome to be in the Desktop mode
- so after saving the WhatsApp clone to the home screen, I changed the site setting back to Desktop disabled. After restarting the bookmark and toggling
to Desktop I was surprised to get the clone back (previous behaviour was to switch the url to www.whatsapp.com)!
As to Firefox I found this link, not ideal
Forcing Chrome Desktop