WhatsApp is the most widely used instant messaging app in the world, and many people use multiple app accounts to interact with their business and personal contacts. So if you are one of them and want to know how you can run two whatsapp accounts on one phone to separate your personal and professional lives, you’ve come to the right place. Here we are going to show you how you can run two WhatsApp accounts on the same device at the same time without having to log in and out of the service multiple times.
Run two WhatsApp accounts on one phone simultaneously
It should be noted that some of the methods we are going to describe below work not only for WhatsApp, but for a large number of other applications which generally do not allow running multiple instances on the same device. However, you will need a dual sim phone for this trick because different accounts with different phone numbers must be validated from the same device. Personally, I’ve used Uber and Gmail this way with WhatsApp, and now I’m going to show you how you can too.
Method 1: Using your phone’s built-in features
Many Android phones have built-in app cloning features that allow users to run multiple accounts of the same app on their phone. OnePlus (Parallel Apps), Xiaomi (Dual Apps), Realme (Clone Apps), Vivo (Clone App), and Samsung (Dual Messenger) devices come with the feature out of the box, so here we’ll see how we can use this inbuilt feature to run two whatsapp accounts on one phone.
To note: We’ll be using a Xiaomi device for the purposes of this demonstration, but the process will also be relatively similar on devices from the other aforementioned brands..
- Go to Settings (lever icon) in the drop-down menu. Now scroll down to “Dual Apps” and tap on it.
- In the next screen, enable the apps you want to clone. You may be asked to authorize the creation of a cloned Google services account. Tap “Enable” to authorize.
- Once the toggle is enabled, you’ll get a message that says “Icon added to home screen.” The new icon will be clearly marked as a cloned app as shown below.
Method 2: Using third-party utilities
Although the above method is the easiest way to run two WhatsApp accounts on one phone, many Android devices do not come with an inbuilt feature to enable it. For these devices, you will need to use a third-party utility to run multiple instances of the same app on your device.
- Download ‘Parallel Space’ from the Play Store (To free). Once you run it, a list of all apps that can be cloned by the utility will be displayed.
To note: If the app is not listed on the Play Store for your device, get the latest APK from APK Mirror (To free).
- Now choose the apps you want to clone and click “Add to Parallel Space”. As you can see, I chose 3 apps – WhatsApp, Gmail and Uber.
- From there, whenever you want to run the second WhatsApp account, go to parallel space and tap on the WhatsApp icon to launch the app. You can use the first account as usual by tapping the original shortcut on the home screen or app drawer.
Parallel Space developers have made it extremely difficult to download the app from the Play Store, but it is still the best option compatible with most apps. However, there are several apps on the Play Store that offer similar functionality. So, if you want to stick with the Play Store options, you can check out the best parallel space alternatives to choose your favorite one.
Method 3: Using WhatsApp Business
WhatsApp allows users to natively run two accounts on the same phone, as long as the second is for WhatsApp Business. This allows you to run two instances of the service on the same device without having to go through the hoops. What else, this is the only method that works if you want to run two WhatsApp accounts on iPhone.
WhatsApp Business is a separate app and is currently free, although Facebook plans to start charging fees in the coming days. Anyway, for now at least, you can just download WhatsApp Business from the Play Store (To free) or the App Store (To free) and set it up with your second number as usual to run two WhatsApp accounts on iPhone or Android.
The only downside is that you’ll have to sign up as a business account, and your contacts will be bombarded with reminders every other day that yours is a business account, not a personal one. If that doesn’t bother you too much, using this alternate method is a great way to accomplish this.
Run two WhatsApp accounts on iPhone or Android
Although method 3 might be exclusive to WhatsApp, it’s the only way to do it on iOS. The first two methods, on the other hand, should work for most apps, but only on Android. You can also run two WhatsApp accounts on one phone using unofficial WhatsApp mods. However, they do not come with any guarantee of privacy and security and can also lead to your WhatsApp account being banned, which is why we will not talk about them in this tutorial.
Anyway, now that you know at least three ways to run multiple instances of the same app on your phone, give it a try and let us know if it works as well on your device as mine.