A big change to WhatsApp now lets users have two accounts on the same phone, which is something that users have been asking for years.
This change is meant to make things easier for people who use their personal phone as well as their work phone, but some people are worried that it could make relationships less honest.
Mark Zuckerberg, who owns WhatsApp, revealed this change. It will no longer be necessary to log in and out or carry around two phones.
For this feature to work, your smartphone needs to be able to accept more than one SIM card or an eSIM. This lets you use two phone numbers from the same device without needing two actual SIM cards. When a network service supports eSIMs, they are added virtually to the phone.
eSIMs give tourists more options because they can get a second SIM plan from a local provider. This way, they don’t have to pay a lot of money to use their main SIM card abroad or buy a new SIM card when they get there. But customers don’t know much about eSIM technology.
Apple has made eSIMs the standard for iPhones in the U.S., but most of the rest of the world uses a “dual” setup, which lets both a regular SIM card and an eSIM work at the same time. The move by WhatsApp may make more people aware of eSIMs and urge them to use them.
This change may also make people less likely to download illegal WhatsApp-like apps, which are now against the rules. Meta, who owns WhatsApp, stressed how important it is to use the official WhatsApp to keep your messages safe and private.
Keep in mind that this function, called WhatsApp Multiple Accounts, is only available on Android phones right now.
Many people are glad about this change, but some are worried about how this feature could be abused, especially in relationships.
Some people are worried that this change could make it easier for people to keep separate WhatsApp accounts for different reasons, like communicating privately and informally.
Like most new features, it’s still too early to tell how this change will affect how people use the site. To protect the privacy and security of their messages, WhatsApp has told users to use this function wisely and not download unofficial versions of the app.