Earlier this month, Facebook decided to launch a multi-device compatibility feature for WhatsApp Messenger that allows the users to access and chat from their laptops or on any other device simultaneously. Facebook, WhatsApp’s parent company posted that users can now access WhatsApp on their phones and up to four other non-phone devices simultaneously, even if their phone battery is dead.
The parent company also added that each device will be connected to your WhatsApp Messenger independently while maintaining the same level of privacy and security through end-to-end encryption that people who use WhatsApp have come to expect. The company has started releasing the multi-device beta program for some iOS users up to version 188.8.131.52. The report noted that WhatsApp is partially rolling out the feature so not all WhatsApp accounts can be eligible not just yet.
However, to check if a WhatsApp Messenger account is eligible, users can go to WhatsApp Settings and go to the option Linked Devices which was previously called WhatsApp Web or Desktop. A new row called multi-device will appear for eligible users of the beta program. Selecting the feature will enable WhatsApp users to access WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop and Portal without an Internet connection on the user’s main phone.
The company said that the new technologies maintain end-to-end encryption while keeping the user’s data which includes messages, message history, contact names, starred messages across devices. The company has a newly developed Automatic Device Verification which reduces the identity verifications. The process will require biometric authentication before linking where people have enabled this feature on compatible devices.