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Dual WhatsApp: how to use two WhatsApp accounts on Android and iPhones

Dual WhatsApp has been one of the most sought-after features by smartphone users for a long time. Considering most users tend to have a dual-SIM smartphone with two networks, it makes sense for WhatsApp to support two iterations of the same app on a single device. However, while the instant messaging platform has been launching a slew of new features —the latest being WhatsApp multi-device support— dual WhatsApp is yet to arrive on the platform.

Also read: WhatsApp multi-device support now available: how to link WhatsApp account to other devices

Sensing the need and demand for the feature, several phone makers have started including features like Dual Apps or App Clone to allow two instances of an app simultaneously on a single phone. This works for a number of apps including Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp. While Apple has not introduced any such feature yet, there are workarounds to get two WhatsApp accounts on a single iPhone. Let’s take a look at how you can set up dual WhatsApp accounts on Android and iOS mobiles.

How to use dual WhatsApp on Android?

Major Android smartphone brands offer dual WhatsApp featured integrated in their UI

Major Android smartphone brands offer dual WhatsApp featured integrated into their UI

You no longer need a secondary smartphone to run a second WhatsApp account. Major smartphone brands from Xiaomi to Samsung and OnePlus are offering the feature built-in on their devices. Bear in mind the feature may be named differently depending on the brand like Dual Apps on Xiaomi phones, App Clone on OPPO, Dual Messenger on Samsung, Twin Apps on ASUS, App Cloner on Realme, and Parallel Apps on OnePlus devices. While the name differs, the procedure to set up is the same. Below are the steps to set up Dual Apps on Xiaomi Mi 10i.

  1. Head to Settings on your phone
  2. Scroll down to Apps and tap on it
  3. Click on the Dual Apps option
  4. Tap the Create button
  5. Select WhatsApp from the list of supported apps
  6. Toggle Dual Apps on the next page and wait for the WhatsApp dual app to set up
  7. You’ll now see a second WhatsApp icon with a dual app symbol on it
  8. Set up as usual with a different number

How to use dual WhatsApp on iPhone?

iOS users can download third-party apps to use dual WhatsApp on iPhone

iOS users can download third-party apps to use dual WhatsApp on iPhone

As mentioned before, Apple is yet to integrate anything of the sort in iOS. However, there are several workarounds. One of these is Dual Messaging for WhatsApp, which is an app that uses the WhatsApp Web functionality to let you run two WhatsApp account on the same phone. While in theory, you’ll still need a second phone with WhatsApp running but something is better than nothing. Here’s how you can use the app on your iPhone.

  1. Download Dual Messaging for WhatsApp from App Store
  2. Run the app when downloaded and grant required permissions
  3. You will then be required to agree to terms and conditions
  4. Scan the QR code on the display through the WhatsApp Web option from the secondary WhatsApp account
  5. Start using dual WhatsApp on your iPhone

So, this is how you can set up dual WhatsApp on a dual SIM Android smartphone and iPhone. In case you own a smartphone from a brand that has not integrated dual apps features, there are several third-party apps available on the Play Store as well.

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Abhiman has over 8 years of experience in content development. He is a Senior Writer and Social Media Manager at Pricebaba. He covers technology news, feature articles, and tech reviews, apart from managing the official Facebook and Instagram handles. Despite a degree in marketing, his love for latest gadgets and technology steered him towards consumer technology coverage.