In this article, I intend to explain how you can access WhatsApp from a different device to stay in touch with your friends and family if you have forgotten your phone, using either an Android or an iOS.
As a forgetful person, you can often walk away from the house or your car and leave your phone behind.
If you do this, it is challenging to stay up to date with the WhatsApp messages that are coming in.
So, I started thinking a few days ago about how someone might accomplish this. How would you access WhatsApp from a different device?
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Obviously, you would think that you should have access to your chats, regardless if you have the smartphone you constantly misplace with you.
If that is what you expect, then you have come to the right place, and have started to read it at the right time (while this guide is still free.)
In fact, throughout this guide, you can learn some of the methods that you can access the ‘most used messaging app in the world’ using a secondary phone.
Whether it is an Android device or an iPhone, I can give you clarifications about the conditions and how this is possible for you.
Without further ado, take a few minutes of your free time with me so that you can learn all of what there is to know about the subject.
One thing I can guarantee is you will be completely satisfied with the result.
With that being said, there is little left for me to do but to wish you good luck reading. Have a good read on what I believe is a very interesting topic.
Before I get to the heart of this matter and explain how you can access WhatsApp from a second phone or device, I think I need to make a crucial point.
If you try and set up a second copy of WhatsApp on a second device other than where you traditionally sign in, you will get a warning message.
This indicates that you must log out of your account on the phone that you were previously using, with the same number that you are trying to access the service with.
For this reason specifically, you cannot access your WhatsApp with another device by configuring the application with your information for the first time.
You have to use a system that can ‘replicate’ the status of the original app installed on your phone.
To accomplish this, you can use services like WhatsApp Web which allows you to use WhatsApp through your browser. This connects your browser to your phone where the app was originally installed.
Alternatively, you can rely on some third-party applications that can ‘replicate’ WhatsApp notifications to more than one device at the same time.
Throughout the upcoming portions of this tutorial, I can show you the procedures to follow for these options using both Android and iPhone devices.
How to Access My WhatsApp from Another Phone
Now that you can understand the general conditions of how you can do this, I bet you are chomping at the bit to do it for yourself. I can explain just how to access WhatsApp from another mobile phone.
Now you can always stay connected to your contacts, even if you have left your primary phone behind. Are you ready?
In the subsequent paragraphs below, I can show you how you can gain access to your information using two different, yet equally effective systems:
- WhatsApp Web (the same system you use from your PC)
- Third-Party App for Duplicating WhatsApp Notifications
The first method that I would recommend is linking WhatsApp to another phone using the WhatsApp Web service.
This is a program that allows you to access your specific WhatsApp information through a browser by ‘replicating’ the app to your smartphone.
As I have mentioned within the opening lines of this guide, WhatsApp Web is a ‘replica’ of WhatsApp for smartphones – not an independent application on its own.
Therefore, it is essential that the messaging app is active and correctly configured to the primary phone, which must also stay on and connected to the internet.
Additionally, linking your WhatsApp Web to a second smartphone requires you to have the original phone where the app is installed on your person for the setup process.
Staying with me so far? Good!
Let’s get started.
First, grab the phone that you want to generate a ‘second copy’ of WhatsApp on and launch your internet browser. This might be Google Chrome or Safari depending on the device you have.
Now, you can connect to the WhatsApp Web website (manually type in the URL, web.whatsapp.com if you prefer).
When you first login, you should see a page prompting you to download the app.
Don’t worry – that’s what is supposed to happen.
To rectify this alert, you must launch the desktop version of the WhatsApp Web site, or to put it another way, the version that you would actually use on a PC.
Here is how you accomplish this in either Google Chrome or Safari.
Google Chrome – after loading up the website, click on the (⋮) button in the upper right corner and select Desktop Website option from the menu that appears.
Safari – Once the page entirely loads, click on the Aa button to the left of the address bar and choose Request Desktop Website from the panel. If you are using iOS 12 or older software, you must press and hold the arrow to reload the page (found in the address bar) and then select Request Desktop Website when a menu opens.
If everything has gone according to plan, you should see a configuration page for WhatsApp Web, containing a QR Code.
After you have completed this step, you can take your primary smartphone (with WhatsApp installed) and start the messaging app.
If you are using Android, access active chats by tapping the (⋮) button at the top right of the screen. You can select WhatsApp Web from the menu and click on the (+) button.
On an iPhone, tap on the Settings tab when in WhatsApp (bottom right) and then you can select WhatsApp Web / Desktop. Once you have done this, choose the option to Scan QR Code.
You are almost there – don’t quit on me now!
Point the camera of your primary smartphone at this QR Code displayed on the WhatsApp Web Page until it recognizes the device and your account – and you are done.
If you ever have second thoughts, you can disconnect WhatsApp Web from your second phone at any time by following a few steps below (but this process must happen on the original phone with the original app).
Android – Open up the WhatsApp program on your phone, tap on the (⋮) button at the top of the screen and then choose WhatsApp Web from the menu that appears. You can see the previously associated browser entry and choose the Disconnect button to delete that connected browser. If you are unsure of which is what, you can also remove your connection to all paired devices beside the primary phone by choosing Disconnect from All Devices instead.
iOS – Launch the WhatsApp application and select Settings from the bottom right. Choose WhatsApp Web / WhatsApp Desktop from the available sections. Now you have the option to Disconnect from All Devices which can sever ties to all secondary devices – you confirm this choice by again selecting Disconnect.
If you need more information on using WhatsApp Web, I have a specific guide available dedicated exclusively to this topic.
If you want to speed up access to WhatsApp Web once the connection is established, you need only create a shortcut on the screen. Here is a simple way to do this on both primary browsers:
Chrome – Once you have connected to WhatsApp Web, you can click on the (⋮) button located at the top right of the screen. You can then choose Add to Home Screen option from this drop-down menu. Enter the name you want for this shortcut and then confirm this information by clicking Add.
Safari – Once you are logged in to WhatsApp Web, you can click on the share icon (square with arrow inside). From this new menu, choose Add to Home and enter a name that you want to connect with this new link on your devices homescreen.
Another effective strategy for accessing WhatsApp from another device is using Join.
Specifically, this app uses cloud synchronization to allow you to view and manage the status of certain configured devices.
More to the point, Join allows you to view notifications received from specific applications across multiple devices simultaneously.
Using this feature, you can see WhatsApp notifications on a second phone or device, and if needed, respond directly to the message.
Because it is also a ‘replica’ for the notifications coming to your original installed application, it is vital to keep WhatsApp active on the primary phone (at least to configure Join for the first time).
At the time I am writing this guide, Join is still a free app in the Google Play Store (though it does feature in app purchases to unlock premium features you do not need for this guide). It is only available for Android devices.
What do you think? Ready to learn a little bit more about how this application can be a suitable solution in a pinch? Great! Let’s get started.
The first thing that you need to do is to download the Join app from the Google Play Store and install it to both your secondary and primary phones.
Once you have the application, you must configure them both separately in any order that you choose.
Once you have launched Join, tap on the Sign in with Google button – accept all the terms and conditions for using this service – and confirm your choice by tapping on Agree.
You can then choose the Google account you want to use to sign in with the service (bear in mind that you need to use this same account for both of your configured devices).
Once logged in through Google, you can tap the Allow button to permit Join to access your profile and its content.
You can choose to Skip (bottom left) and bypass the setup tutorial. When requested, you need only tap the Allow button again to permit Join to access multimedia content and the phone’s location.
To complete this phase of configuration, click on Shared > Devices icons and when prompted, select NO when asked to add new devices to Join.
Once you have configured the application on both devices, return to the phone where WhatsApp is installed and you can get into the Join app’s main menu. Tap on the ☰ button in the top right of the screen and then the Settings menu located within it.
You can now reach the Notifications section – where you can choose Access to Notifications button. Move the Join toggle here to ON and tap Allow which appears on the notification screen thereafter.
You can now press the back button and move the Send Notification toggle to ON as well. This enables sending notifications to other devices.
Once you have completed this step, access Notified Devices and place a checkmark on the name of the second mobile phone you have linked to this device with your shared Google login.
Now, I want you to go to App Notifications and ensure that WhatsApp is selected. You can click on OK to confirm your selections.
You are done! You can now see all of your WhatsApp notifications on this second mobile device.
If you so desire, you can even respond to these messages directly by tapping on the Reply Direct option attached to the notification bar appearing on the top of the second device. If you tap on the notification window itself anywhere else, you will get taken to a screen encouraging you to download WhatsApp instead.
Before concluding, I want to remind you that WhatsApp is among the most used apps for cheating on your partner, therefore, one of the most spied on applications in the world.
If you have read my guide about how to spy on WhatsApp, you already know what I am referring to.
The point is, if you ‘duplicate’ your WhatsApp account, it is now twice as easy for prying eyes to learn about your activity on the messaging application. Be careful.
That’s all I have to say on the matter – if you have concerns or questions, I can answer them. Just leave a comment in the box below and I will get back to you.