WhatsApp seems to soon allow users to test multi-device support. A recently released WhatsApp beta for Android suggested that the messaging app could bring a WhatsApp web beta release that would allow users to try out the expected multi-device support that supposedly allows WhatsApp access on multiple devices at the same time should. A few references pointing to support for multiple device logins have popped up in the past few months. The feature was first put online in July 2019. However, WhatsApp has not yet provided any official confirmation of its existence.
According to a report The WhatsApp 188.8.131.52 Beta for Android includes a reference that suggests public testing of multiple device support. The website reports that WhatsApp’s Android app has a new option that allows users to beta test the new feature by going to the WhatsApp web / desktop settings.
Some screenshots shared by WABetaInfo suggest that WhatsApp display a popup message stating that users are not required to keep their phones connected when using WhatsApp web or desktop client. This is different from the current scenario where you need to keep your phone connected to the internet to communicate using the web or desktop version of the messaging app.
It is also rumored that multi-device support on WhatsApp allows users to access their account from not just one or two devices, but up to four devices at the same time. This is especially useful when you don’t want to keep an eye on your phone while working on a desktop or laptop.
One of the screenshots provided, indicating the development, suggests that the public tests of multiple device support on WhatsApp are initially limited in the absence of options to archive and mute chats from a companion device. You are also unlikely to be allowed to delete messages or chat threads from a companion device when it is not connected to your phone. Likewise, the calling functionality would not be provided on desktops.
Even so, WhatsApp can activate these changes over time – after successfully introducing initial multi-device support.
In July 2019, WhatsApp was found to have the feature in development to allow simultaneous access to multiple devices. The support was released in a beta version for Android devices in April last year. The feature has also been found to reach its terminal stage in September for Android, iPhone, and desktop users.
What will be the most exciting tech launch of 2021? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, Download the episodeor just hit the play button below.
In Mozilla Firefox 86, the backspace navigation shortcut is disabled by default: Here’s how to enable it again