WhatsApp Multi-Device support is now out of beta. The “Linked Devices” feature as it is called in the settings section of WhatsApp was in the beta or testing mode till now. Users need to join the beta program in order to try out the feature.
The multi-device feature lets users access WhatsApp on four other devices, such as their laptops or desktops via WhatsApp Web, excluding their primary phone, without worrying about internet connectivity on the main phone. So, users are not dependent on their primary phone in order to continue using WhatsApp Web.
Interestingly,it reveals earlier that since it introduced the beta feature, it had “seen an increase in people accessing” the service directly through their web browser.
However, if you don’t use your phone for over 14 days, the linked devices will be disconnected. With the feature, users will be able to access WhatsApp on a total of five devices simultaneously.
Here’s how multi-device support works on WhatsApp:
- Open web.whatsapp.com on a desktop or laptop browser. Keep in mind that it also launches a Code Verify extension to let users check the authenticity of the code they are scanning.
- On an Android device, tap the three-dot menu and you should see ‘Linked Devices’ as an option. On iOS, ‘Linked Devices’ is available in settings.
- Go to Linked Devices. It will ask you to scan a code. Scan the code reflected on web.whatsapp.com. Make sure both the phone and laptop have access to a stable internet connection.
- Once the code is scanned, it will take a few minutes and WhatsApp Web will work on your laptop or desktop. The difference is now that this can function on its own without depending on your phone.
It also said the moment you link your phone to another device, the device “sends an end-to-end encrypted copy of your most recent message history to your newly linked device.”
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