WhatsApp multi-device support rolling out now – you can connect up to four desktops, laptops and other devices
WhatsApp multi-devicesupport is rolling out to a limited number of beta testers.
- This will allow users to connect up to four non-phone devices, including desktops, laptops and more.
WhatsApp multi-device support is currently rolling out to a limited number of users as part of a beta test.
This new capability will allow you to connect up to four devices – desktop, laptop or any other non-phone device, apart from your smartphone. Each of these devices will connect to your WhatsApp account independently, so you don’t have to worry about keeping the connection alive on other devices.
AdvertisementWhat’s even better is that WhatsApp will sync your history on all these devices – this includes your chats, chat archives, contact names, starred messages and more. This ensures you enjoy the complete WhatsApp experience on all these devices and there is continuity, so you can pick up where you left off.
Addressing the security constraints of multi-device support
Inarguably, WhatsApp has been behind its competitors –
While Signal has end-to-end encryption, it doesn’t offer a true multi-device experience that Telegram does. On its part, Telegram doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default. In case you use encrypted chats – Telegram calls them Secret chats – they are not synchronised on other devices.
WhatsApp’s solution offers the best of both worlds – end-to-end encryption and true multi-device support.
Here’s a brief quote from the company’s post that sheds more light on this:
Advertisement“The WhatsApp server maintains a mapping between each person’s account and all their device identities. When someone wants to send a message, they get their device list keys from the server.”
WhatsApp has also developed a new technology called Advanced Device Verification that aims to reduce the number of times a user has to perform identity verifications.
“This system allows for devices to automatically establish trust between each other in a way that someone needs to compare another user’s security code only if that user reregisters their entire account, rather than each time they link a new device to their account,” the company explained in a post.
AdvertisementIt also illustrated how end-to-end encryption with the new multi-device approach will work:
WhatsApp multi-device support has been years in the making
Multi-device support has been one of the most requested WhatsApp features for several years now. WhatsApp had previously said that end-to-end encryption – one of the core features of the app – had made it difficult to roll out true multi-device support.
In the meantime, the Facebook-owned messaging service announced WhatsApp Web, allowing you to message from your desktop or laptop. This, however, required users to keep their phones connected to the internet.
WhatsApp multi-device support inches closer, spotted in desktop beta version
WhatsApp rolls out joinable group calls, new calling UI for beta users
WhatsApp is working on new image and video quality options
Popular on BI
- 479 leaked photos purporting to show Putin's secret palace, with an ice rink and pole-dancing room, published by Navalny foundation
- SEBI is hiring young graduate professionals for a monthly stipend of ₹60,000, last date is January 25
- The first pig-heart transplant patient was denied a human heart after failing to follow doctors' orders
- This Indian couple plans to get married in a Hogwarts-themed metaverse to beat the pandemic's restrictions
- Here are some of Netaji’s inspirational quotes as India remembers its valiant fighter
- Lifecycle of cryptocurrencies – From creation to trade and destruction
- Reliance Industries net profit more than triples in the last eight quarters to $2.8 billion
- Reliance Retail earns $1.3 billion more than its best-ever quarter