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Duplicating WhatsApp: How To Use Two WhatsApp Accounts on One Smartphone

Through this guide I can show you the process of using two different WhatsApp accounts on a single device (either iPhone or Android.) The process is simple – in no time at all you can have a dual WhatsApp account.

How to clone WhatsApp

Hello again my friends, it’s Frankie here to give you yet another WhatsApp trick. Now, you are going to learn how to have two different phone numbers connected to separate WhatsApp accounts on a single phone.

Consider the benefits of having two separate accounts on one device.

For example – one could be your ‘official’ number that everyone has. This is where you talk to your family and friends. The other is your ‘secret’ number that you can use to talk to a lover or fling without necessarily rousing the suspicions of your partner.

Without considerable effort you could have a staple feature in your double life.

Don’t worry, you do not need to be some tech wizard to accomplish this. You might even know that the parent company of the app does not officially allow a singular device to have multiple WhatsApp accounts – there are obvious workarounds.

With Android phones, there are many, many methods. There are a few less with iPhones. Let’s take a closer look about how to get two WhatsApp accounts using the same phone.

Within this article, you can learn:

  • How to have two whatsapp accounts on iPhone or Android devices
  • Setting up your accounts to keep one hidden and one visible

Frankie’s Take:

Alright – if there were such a thing as abetting cheating, I suppose they should lock me up. I personally think that some affairs and temporary flings are unpredicted and happen to even the best of us. What matters now is how you don’t get caught.

Can I Have Two WhatsApp Accounts on One Android Phone?

Officially, WhatsApp will tell you that this is not possible. They do not necessarily want you to have two accounts on a single device.

There is a caveat, though. Many of the modern phones now have dual SIM technology, making it possible to use both connected numbers for the device to create separate WhatsApp accounts. You can also clone apps on many modern phones as well.

In theory, this is just making a copy of the app you already installed initially.

The duplicated app acts independently, and does not require the originally downloaded application to be running or connected to function properly.

So you are now able to use multiple accounts from the same app at the same time on your Android devices.

Dual SIM technology is becoming more and more prevalent in Chinese-made smartphone options like Huawei, Xiaomi, or Oppo.

Want to know if you have a phone capable of this approach?

Let me list what phones have this function and what they call it:

  • Samsung – Dual Messenger – Settings/Advanced Features/Dual Messenger
  • Xiaomi – Dual Apps – Settings/Dual Apps
  • Huawei/Honor – App Twin – Settings/App Twin
  • Asus – Twin Apps – Settings/Twin Apps
  • Vivo – App Clone – Settings/App Clone

You might not have the ability to replicate the app in this way, but that is no great concern.

There are actually multiple methods to achieve the goal of installing two separate accounts on your device without using these beneficial built-in features.

I know your time is valuable, so I do not intend to waste it. Let me tell you the easiest, fastest, and most direct methods for achieving this:

  1. WhatsApp Business
  2. Dual Space
  3. Parallel Space

Let’s take a look at these options individually to see them in greater detail.


Frankie’s Take:

To perform the operations indicated in the paragraphs to come, you need to have two SIM cards with different phone numbers. You can first insert the card associated with the second number to perform a verification of this account. After that you can take out this SIM card and reinsert the one you use every day.

1. WhatsApp Business for Android

To have two WhatsApp accounts with the same number, you can do this by downloading WhatsApp Business without uninstalling the regular service you already have on your device.

The WhatsApp Business application was created to provide set functions for companies. What you care about, though, is that this extra app allows you to use the same phone number for both a business and a personal account.

In short words: a double WhatsApp account.

To ensure that you can do this without making mistakes, I can explain the process you should follow step-by-step:

  1. Remove current SIM Card and replace it with the secret number card.
  2. Download (from Google Play) and Install WhatsApp Business
  3. Open the application and complete setup by entering the second number in this other WhatsApp account you wish to create. Accept the terms of use.
  4. Now, you will be asked to verify the account. You’ll get a text message with a 6-digit code to enter in the on-screen steps.
  5. Continue filling out the information, including name, status, etc.
  6. Exit this secondary app (Business), take out the SIM card, and put in the card you use every day.

It’s that simple.

Use WhatsApp on Two Devices with WhatsApp Business

From this point, you can utilize two separate accounts for WhatsApp. The main one you can keep as your primary WhatsApp account – but the secondary (hidden) one can be the WhatsApp Business app.


Frankie’s Take:

If you want to increase your privacy level, you can hide WhatsApp Business from the phone’s home screen. When you are around your partner, make sure that you mute notifications.

2. Dual Space

Another way that you can get around the WhatsApp regulations and restrictions to get a second account is to create a virtual space on your phone. This way, you can download the app twice and manage two separate accounts to the same device. This is precisely what you can get with the use of Dual Space.

It is very simple to use. Here are some steps to take:

  1. Remove the SIM card you use every day and insert the one with the secret number.
  2. Download and install Dual Space – Multiple Account & App Cloner
  3. Open Dual Space and tap on WhatsApp
  4. You now can follow the prompts here to connect a new account. Accept the terms of use, enter the phone number you have to create the account, and verify it.
  5. Complete configuration entering your name, nickname, status, etc.
  6. Leave Dual Space. Take out the SIM card and replace it with the one you use every day.

Now that’s done. It took more time to read through these steps than it took many of you to ultimately do it I’m sure.

This application is unique in that it allows your phone to create a virtual space that is only accessible by you. Others cannot access Dual Space, or the WhatsApp account contained within it.


Frankie’s Take:

This is an excellent solution if you want to keep an affair secret from your partner. WhatsApp on Dual Space has no notifications, so you do not have to worry about that. The only flaw is advertisements which can appear from time to time, but this is not particularly annoying.

3. Parallel Space

As you might guess by the name, this app is very similar to Dual Space.

I will not overly dwell on it or what it does because the premise is the same as the app you just read about which creates an alternate space on your phone to reinstall apps.

Once you have downloaded it to your phone, Parallel Space will ask what apps you wish to clone, and you can choose WhatsApp from the list.

Note, you can also choose other apps like Facebook and Instagram with the same results. You then just follow the same prompts to create your second account with the second SIM card.

Just like that, you have two WhatsApp accounts on the same phone. If you choose to, you can make Parallel Space and the second WhatsApp account invisible to everyone else.


Frankie’s Take:

This is a viable alternative to Dual Space. I mentioned it because it is popular. If you want my honest opinion, I think that Dual Space is less conspicuous.

How Can You Put Two WhatsApp Accounts on One iPhone?

If you are an iPhone user, you have less options when you want to create dual WhatsApp accounts.

We all know that Apple is often a little limited in terms of versatility and open-mindedness 😅

Without wasting too much of your time, I can tell you that the only two safe and reliable methods to create two WhatsApp accounts on your iPhone are with WhatsApp Business and WhatsApp Web.

1. WhatsApp Business for iPhone

There are other ways (like Parallel Space: Multi Accounts), but most of these require the iPhone to be jailbroken which is not something that I would recommend that any user do.

Getting back to WhatsApp Business, though, you can expect a similar process to the Android option:

  1. Begin by switching out the SIM card in your phone for a new number to connect
  2. Download and install WhatsApp Business from Apple Store
  3. Open this app and complete configuration by entering the number of the second account you want to create and accepting the terms of use.
  4. Then you will be asked to verify the account. You will receive an SMS with a 6-digit code to enter to validate the information provided.
  5. Complete the setup by entering your name and other contact details.
  6. Exit this secondary application, take out the SIM connected to the second number, and put your normal SIM back into the phone.

If it sounds incredibly easy to do, that is because it is.


Frankie’s Take:

Increasing your privacy level to 100% is the goal here so that no one knows that you have two WhatsApp accounts. Hide WhatsApp Business from the phone’s home screen. You can figure out how to do this by reading my guide: How to Hide Apps from iPhone’s Home. Remember to turn off the notifications for this second app. If you are not sure how to do this, read this guide on How to Turn Off WhatsApp Notifications on iPhone before you get caught.

2. WhatsApp Web from the Browser

One of the popular workarounds for having two WhatsApp accounts on a single iPhone is using the WhatsApp Web service.

Unfortunately, you are not able to complete the entire process using only your primary iPhone. You will need to activate your second account’s number on WhatsApp with another device, such as an older iPhone.

You will then be able to go to Settings and then Linked Devices. Tap on the ‘Multi-device beta’ and choose to join it.

Go back and tap to Link a Device. You will authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID. Next, the camera will open and you can put the available QR code you are about to create on your primary phone into focus.

Using your new iPhone, go to WhatsApp web with Safari or another browser. You will have to use this same browser for subsequent uses.

The old iPhone scans the QR code image on the primary phone you use. After a few moments the two will link.

You’ve done it!

Now, you can access WhatsApp with your second number even if your old iPhone gets turned back off and disconnected from the internet.


In this article, I have explained some of the best available methods for installing dual WhatsApp accounts to the same phone.

It might also help you to take a look at some of these guides below by following their links for more information:

That’s all that I have for now, but I trust that this information has helped you. You can return to my blog all the time for fresh content like this.

If you have questions or concerns, leave them in the comment box below and I will get back with you soon.

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A hug,

Frankie Caruso

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I'm Frankie Caruso. I'm a professional amateur in that ugly business of social media, instant messaging apps and computer security. I help all those frustrated people who call themselves digital illiterates to understand something about this confusing digital world.