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WhatsApp Enhances Android Tablet Experience with Split-view Feature

WhatsApp’s split-view feature for Android tablets separates the screen into two sides, wherein the left side shows the chat view while the right side has the active conversation thread. Let us show you how to get WhatsApp Split View feature on your Android tablet.

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WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, recently announced an exciting new feature for Android tablet users: split-view. For years, this was a lacking attribute on WhatsApp; however, WABetaInfo reported that they are taking strides to improve user experience with their app and enable better support for Android tablets by adding this split view feature. With this change now available in the app’s beta version, we can expect even more convenience when using WhatsApp from your tablet device.

According to this latest report, adding a new feature will make tablet users’ lives much easier. Not only will they be able to take advantage of an improved user interface specifically tailored for larger screens, but they also have the option of multitasking — simultaneously displaying two different sections in the app. This should significantly enhance their experience with using the application.

Available for tablets running WhatsApp Beta version

WhatsApp Split view

WABetaInfo’s screenshot demonstrates that conversation threads and chat views are now separated into two distinct sides of the screen – with conversations taking place on the right and a chat view placed to its left. This is an advancement from prior versions where an entire tablet display was taken up by either one or the other.

Currently, this alteration is only available through WhatsApp, which also enables reporting for status updates and provides a mute option for notifications.

Recently, WhatsApp rolled out a new companion mode feature that allowed users to link their Android tablets with an existing account. Although this benefited many people who could now use the app without any workarounds, it wasn’t well optimized for big-screen devices. In response to this issue, they just released a split-view update which significantly improves user experience on larger screens.

How to enable WhatsApp Split View feature on Android tablet

If you want to use WhatsApp’s Split View feature on your Android tablet then your first step would require you to install WhatsApp version. Unfortunately, this version is only available for beta testers. If you’re not a WhatsApp beta tester, then you won’t be able to get your hands on the new Split View feature just yet. However, you can become a beta tester and test the new feature on your Android tablet.

Before WhatsApp launches its innovative features to billions of users around the world, beta testers are invited to test them out first. This allows WhatsApp to identify and address any bugs or user experience problems before rolling it out on a wider scale. Beta testing is an effective way for the company to ensure that all functionality can be utilized properly by end-users.

To set up your account on an Android tablet, head to the Google Play Store and search for WhatsApp. Scroll to the bottom of WhatsApp’s page and you will find a panel labeled ‘Become a beta tester‘. Click on ‘I’m in‘ and then select ‘Join‘ to confirm your intent.

If you’re registering on your laptop or desktop, head to from any browser. You’ll then see a dialog box with the “Become A Beta Tester” button; simply click that and voila! Now you can experience all of WhatsApp’s newest features before anyone else does., including WhatsApp Split-view feature for Android tablets.

After signing up to be a beta-tester, you will observe an incoming update from WhatsApp on either your Android tablet announcing the start of your new role. The said upgrade is what we call the “beta version”, and it should arrive in no more than several hours.

Once you have the new beta update installed on the WhatsApp app on your Android tablet, you will see the split-view feature enabled by default. You will see the chats now visible in the left panel and messages on the right-hand side of the screen — making it easier to stay organized without missing important conversations.

Moreover, it is important to note that joining the WhatsApp beta tester program as an opt-in is a voluntary choice and you can choose to leave whenever you please. To leave, simply go to Google Play Store on either your PC or smartphone, then open the WhatsApp beta page with the same Google ID. Click ‘Leave’ and confirm when prompted; afterward make sure all information has been backed up before uninstalling. Finally, reinstall once more for completion of the process.



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  2. Deon Van heerden

    March 31, 2023 at 6:48 am

    They just rolled it out on all tablets without asking if you want the option . It is highly irritating. One of the reasons I bought the tablet was to see my whatsapp piture and videos full size, instead op opening each one .

  3. Luigino Rossi

    April 1, 2023 at 9:58 am


  4. Liz

    April 1, 2023 at 8:20 pm

    So annoyed this changed without any notice!
    I do not like it. Anyone know how to I reset it back?

  5. Dora

    April 2, 2023 at 2:48 am

    This split screen is opposite of the improvement. It is the worst mistake that could be done. And there is no option to go back to full screen.

  6. Mattie

    April 2, 2023 at 3:55 am

    Its bad, ill rather delete WA and use another chatting app, because its really bad now. U cant even change it,

  7. Gwen Kelly

    April 2, 2023 at 6:26 am

    This new split screen version has ruined my pleasure of using the service, what a disaster they don’t deserve any credit for the change

  8. Piet van Lunteren

    April 2, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    I did not ask for this split screen. Do not like it. Why not a switch to use this, or not?

  9. Q@C

    April 3, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    Other persons may like it but, personally, I humbly dislike this new split feature on whatsapp. I Prefer the previous version without the split screen. How can I remove this and go back to previous, shouldn’t there be an option?

  10. Q@C

    April 3, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    I humbly dislike this new split feature on whatsapp. I Prefer the previous version without the split screen. How can I remove this and go back to previous, shouldn’t there be an option?

  11. Sue P

    April 7, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    Please can I remove the spilt screen on my Samsung tablet on WhatsApp, all I can see of whoever the person is is their first initial, so I now have no idea who the chat is from or how to find anyone easily, ‘P’ could be anyone!

    • Zara Ali

      April 18, 2023 at 3:16 am

      For now, there seems to be no way out as Meta thought that this is a “much-awaited” feature for tablet users. We think they will likely include a disable option in the next update. We are onto this issue and will quickly update this article accordingly.

  12. Linda

    April 9, 2023 at 6:40 am

    I don’t want the split screen either. That’s why I was using the tablet and not the phone for whatsapp – to see the messages on a bigger screen. They should give an option to choose between layouts as this one is not for everybody…

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