WhatsApp users for the first time to use the service on up to four nonphone devices without having the registered phone switched on or otherwise connected to the internet.
In WhatsApp’s own words:
By requiring the phone to perform all operations, companion devices are slower and frequently get disconnected — especially when the phone has a poor connection, its battery is running low, or the application process gets killed by the phone’s OS. It also allows for only a single companion device to be operative at a time, meaning people can’t be on a call in Portal while checking their messages on their PC, for example.
The new WhatsApp multi-device architecture removes these hurdles, no longer requiring a smartphone to be the source of truth while still keeping user data seamlessly and securely synchronized and private.
The makers have confirmed that this feature will be released as a beta version and it will be circulated only to a small group of users. This is because the makers want to identify and fix all the minor bugs and issues that could show up while using this new feature. WhatsApp’s main feature, End-to-end encryption will also be available while using this feature. A blog post about this feature was released on the company’s official website. As the head of WhatsApp, Will Cathcart recently wrote on his Twitter account that they are very excited to be launching a beta of their new multi-device capability for WhatsApp. This means that users can now use their desktop or web experiences even when their phone is not active and connected to the internet. All of this will be secure with end-to-end encryption. Seeing such a feature added is not surprising as other competitors like Signal have already started using this feature.