WhatsApp Phone-Less Multi Device Support In Beta Mode

WhatsApp phone-less feature will allow the use of the app on up to four devices, which will work even without your smartphone.

WhatsApp has just announced its phone-less multi-device support. It is something that every WhatsApp user has been eagerly waiting for. The Facebook-owned company has been working on that aspect for a while now and has finally begun testing multi-device support that will allow users to connect up to four devices including WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop, and Facebook Portal.

With the new multi-device beta, the company is almost ready to allow users to use WhatsApp independently of their smartphone – the primary device. The new multi-device support is being tested in a limited public beta that began rolling out on Wednesday, the company said.

The new multi-device support gives WhatApp the same capability as its rival, the private and open-source encrypted Signal messenger, which also allows users to connect additional desktop clients to their mobile app. However, both services cannot currently link another phone, something that rival service Telegram already offers.

One of the biggest questions users might have about the new multi-device support is whether end-to-end encryption will work properly – the company says it has developed new technologies to ensure that the messages are able to sync across multiple devices while maintaining end-to-end encryption.

“To achieve this, we had to rethink WhatsApp’s architecture and design new systems to enable a standalone multi-device experience while preserving privacy and end-to-end encryption. Each message is individually encrypted using the established pairwise encryption session with each device. Messages are not stored on the server after they are delivered,” the company states.

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Further, WhatsApp says that it does not have a specific date for the final release of the new multi-device support for all users, but the company has begun testing it among a limited number of users that are running the latest beta versions of WhatsApp for iOS and Android.

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