WhatsApp is now encouraging users to use its Linked Devices feature
WhatsApp is asking users to join the beta program for multi-device functionality as it has fixed several issues that were causing experience issues to some users.
WhatsApp has long said to be working on a Multi-Devices support feature. This feature, as the reports in the past have detailed, will enable users to use up to four linked devices to access their WhatsApp accounts without having their smartphones in the vicinity. Over the past couple of months, various reports have detailed the progress that WhatsApp has been making in implementing this feature. Now, a new report says that the Facebook-owned messaging app is encouraging users to use the Multi-Device support feature or the Linked Devices feature.
WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is working on forcing people to update to the multi-device version. In a screenshot shared by the blogsite, WhatsApp shares the aspects of the feature that it has improved. “What’s improved?..Your phone will no longer need to stay online to use WhatsApp on the web, desktop or other devices. Up to four linked devices and 1 phone can be used at the same time,” WhatsApp wrote in the screenshot. It also explained that all of the users’ messages and calls will continue to be end-to-end encrypted even as WhatsApp users access their accounts from connected devices.
Explaining the change, the blog site said that WhatsApp is asking users to join the beta program for multi-device functionality as it has fixed several issues that were causing experience issues to some users. “WhatsApp can finally ask people to use multi-device, declaring the old behavior deprecated,” the blog site added. That said, this feature is not available in WhatsApp’s main app yet. But if you are a beta user, you might get to use it with a future update.
Separately, WhatsApp is also working on a new Disappearing Mode for individual chats that will enable users to set a timer as to when select chats on its platform disappear. As of now, users can enable the Disappearing Mode feature with individual and group chats to make the selected chats disappear in seven days. Now, the messaging app is giving users two more options -- 24 hours and 90 days -- to make conversations in individual chats disappear. However, this feature is still in the development phase and it should be available in WhatsApp’s beta apps for Android and iOS with the next update.