What does WhatsApp multi-device support really mean? Company responds
One of the most-awaited features on WhatsApp, the most widely used encrypted messaging app in the world which boasts between 2 and 2.5 billion users, is the multi-device messaging support. The company recently discussed the feature and the estimated time for it to begin testing. Since then, the feature has entered beta testing, and a few users have had the good fortune to use the service.
However, at this point, it is still unclear to many users what the new multi-device support actually means, in terms of how their WhatsApp messages will work while using a computer, WhatsApp Web or via Facebook Portal. Thankfully, a company spokesperson clarified to TechRadar what the multi-device support will bring for users once the feature is rolled out.
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What WhatsApp multi-device support means:
“Multi-device means that users will have the same functionality that is available on the current public versions of WhatsApp Web, Desktop and Portal, just without the need to have your phone connected. And it also will make it possible to add support for more kinds of devices over time,” the spokesperson reportedly stated to TechRadar.
WhatsApp multi-device release date:
It could be a while before WhatsApp users are able to make use of the multi-device support on their smartphones, however. This is because the feature is yet to make its way to all the beta testers on iOS and Android. At the moment, only some users who have signed up for the beta version have been “invited” inside the device linking settings to add a standalone device that doesn’t rely on the phone’s internet connection.
However, multi-device support isn’t the only feature that the company has been working on in recent weeks. WhatsApp has been adding features like calling from the desktop app, chatbots for Covid-19 information and vaccinations, and improving the Business features such as an improved profile page.