WhatsApp has opened up its multi-device support to everyone who wants to enable it. The feature, dubbed the “multi-device beta,” enables support for up to four companion devices.
While those four companion devices now don’t also need a phone to be signed into WhatsApp, there is still a catch or three.
First comes the fact that only one phone can be signed into WhatsApp at a time, meaning those companion devices are limited to web browsers, desktop machines, notebooks, and tablets. Still, it’s better than what we had before.
The multi-device beta is an opt-in program that gives you early access to try a new version of WhatsApp for Web, Desktop, and Portal. If you join the multi-device beta, you’ll be able to use linked companion devices without the need to keep your phone connected. Your personal messages, media, and calls are end-to-end encrypted.
WhatsApp does say that there are some things to keep in mind, however — including the single phone limit.
- You can use WhatsApp on up to four companion devices at one time, but can only have one phone connected to your WhatsApp account at one time.
- You’ll still need to register your WhatsApp account and link new devices with your phone.
- If you don’t use your phone for over 14 days, your linked devices will become disconnected.
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Android tablets are also planned to support multi-device on WhatsApp for Android!
It’s under development and it will be released in a future update. Follow me to discover more 💚 pic.twitter.com/rND4xQfBDj
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) August 20, 2021
Those looking to try all of this out for themselves can do that right now by following a few simple steps.
- Go to Settings within the WhatsApp app.
- Tap Linked Devices.
- Tap Multi-Device Beta.
- Tap Join Beta.
And that’s all there is to it!
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