Just recently, WhatsApp released a new beta update through Google Play Beta Program for Android smartphone users. This update with new features allows users to test the “WhatsApp Multi-device” feature.
According to the latest info, WhatsApp the Facebook-owned company expanding the availability of Multi-device features for more beta testers. At the time, this was limited to selected WhatsApp beta users. But now, beta testers are finally able to download this test version.
If you are also a WhatsApp Beta tester, then you can easily check if the feature is already available for your WhatsApp account! Just open WhatsApp Web/Desktop Settings from your smartphone and, if the feature is enabled for your WhatsApp account, you can see a new section called “Multi-device beta”.
WHATSAPP MULTI-DEVICE FEATURE:
- WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop, and Portal can work without an active Internet connection on your mobile phone.
- This first version of multi-device does not support another additional phone, but it’s possible they will provide the support in the future, seen that WhatsApp was working on a log-out option on linked mobile devices.
- It’s possible to link up to 4 devices to your WhatsApp account.
- Voice and video calls work across linked devices.
- You cannot message or call people that have an outdated WhatsApp version installed, from WhatsApp Web/Desktop or Portal.
What you should know when using Multi-Device Beta:
- When you join multi-device beta, all your previous sessions will be removed and you need to link your devices again. Probably WhatsApp will ask to connect your phone to WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop twice when you join the multi-device beta the first time. This is to ensure the transition to multi-device.
- Linked devices are automatically logged out from your WhatsApp account after 14 days of inactivity on your phone, due to security reasons. So you need to use your phone at least once every 14 days.
- Some features are not supported yet, because it’s a beta version, like the possibility to view live locations on linked devices, pinned chats don’t show up immediately but you need to manually search for them the first time and, if you use WhatsApp Business, your business name and labels cannot be edited from WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop. These small issues will be fixed in a future update.
As always, WhatsApp rolling out this new beta update to selected Android users, while a broader rollout is expected very soon. You can check for the latest WhatsApp Beta update through Google Play Store on your registered account.