WhatsApp without a smartphone now! Know how to do it

  • Yes, WhatsApp without a smartphone can be done now. Read here to know how.
By HT TECH
| Updated on Nov 07 2021, 09:34 AM IST
The good news is that you'll be able to use WhatsApp Web, Desktop, and Portal even if your primary phone isn't connected to the internet.
The good news is that you'll be able to use WhatsApp Web, Desktop, and Portal even if your primary phone isn't connected to the internet. (iStock)

WhatsApp without a smartphone is impossible, no? Well, let us tell you that it is very much a mission possible. Now you can access your WhatsApp on all devices, including Web or Desktop. After announcing in July, WhatsApp finally released an update after months of beta testing, which allows you to open WhatsApp messenger on any device without a need to connect your smartphone to the internet all the time.

Meta (formerly known as Facebook) owned WhatsApp’s new feature makes it possible to access your conversations from PC or from WhatsApp Web even without your smartphone. However, only four devices can be connected to the platform at the same time.

How to use WhatsApp on non-smartphone devices

To log in on your WhatsApp messenger, you just need to open the app on your smartphone first, and tap on the three-dots at the top right corner of the homepage of your WhatsApp.

Then click on “Linked Devices” and within that select “Link a Device”. It will ask you to scan a QR code from the web version of WhatsApp - web.whatsapp.com. If you haven’t joined the ‘Multi-device meta’ version, then you need to join that first. Then move ahead to link a device and then scan the QR code. Once logged in, even if your primary device, the mobile, is switched off, you can still WhatsApp on the other devices.

Users need to note here that once you opt for the Multi-device meta version, a message will pop up which will mention that all the previously connected devices will be unlinked. That means you need to link your other devices again. Once you link it, you can use your WhatsApp on the web or desktop without keeping your smartphone connected to the net all the time. After this feature, each one of your devices now has its own unique ID, and they're all linked to your server account.

Services are not available to all!

There are some issues with the new update that WhatsApp needs to rectify.

Phone users can’t delete the WhatsApp chats on a connected device.

Tablets or iPads are will be unable to use the new ‘Multi-device meta’ version.

Connected devices can't access the Live location. That means, to access this feature, you have to return to your smartphone

This feature can’t create or see broadcasts

Smartphone use is not fully out! You still need to access your WhatsApp every 14 days, to continue the Meta version on non-smartphone devices, otherwise it will disconnect all other devices.

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First Published Date: 07 Nov, 09:34 AM IST
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