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WhatsApp new multi-device capability for beta users: Here’s how it will work

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WhatsApp new multi-device capability

Highlights:

  • WhatsApp is testing multidevice support that works without the phone.
  • The feature is available in the latest WhatsApp beta version for a limited number of users.
  • This will mark a change from the current setup where the phone remains the primary device.

WhatsApp users will be able to use the desktop or web versions of the app even when their phone isn’t active and connected to the internet. WhatsApp says users will be able to access their messages on other devices, even if their main phone’s battery has died. This will mark a change from the current setup where the phone remains the primary device for connectivity to continue on other devices.

The company chief, Will Cathcart, and even Mark Zuckerberg have officially announced that the feature is expected to roll out within the next two months. It has been spotted on the beta app as well, but the feature is still not functional. The user might still have to log in by scanning a QR code. However, the chat will stay online even if the primary device gets disconnected or is powered off.

How to activate WhatsApp multi-device beta?

If you are already on WhatsApp’s beta channel, be sure to update your app. After this, you can check if the feature enrollment option is available on your device. To do this:

  • Open WhatsApp.
  • Tap the More options menu — the three-button menu in the top-right corner.
  • Tap Linked Devices.
  • Select Multi-device beta.
  • Tap Join beta.

The Multi-device beta option will only be visible if the feature is available to you. Although some users receive WhatsApp beta builds, the feature was not available on their devices.

The company officials said:

It has developed new technologies that ensure that even on multiple devices, messages sync while maintaining end-to-end encryption, a feat that is currently rare in the market.

“To achieve this, we had to rethink WhatsApp’s architecture and design new systems to enable a standalone multi-device experience while preserving privacy and end-to-end encryption,” the company wrote. “Each message will individually encrypt using the established pairwise encryption session with each device. Messages are not stored on the server after they are delivered.

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