WhatsApp has begun rolling out its expected multi-device support for a huge number of users on both Android and iOS. So they can use their account on secondary devices without connecting their phones to the Internet. Moreover, users can take advantage of the new feature to connect your account to up to four devices at once to send and receive messages on the app even when their phone is not connect to the internet. The update is helpful if you access WhatsApp on desktop or Mac.
Introduced in July after a series of internal tests, multi-device support on WhatsApp allows users to connect their instant messaging account to a secondary device. Such as a PC, laptop or Facebook portal. Furthermore, it enables end-to-end encryption, especially on chats that take place using a secondary device. This means that messages sent or receive by you on your connected PC will not be read by WhatsApp or any third party.
By offering standalone support, WhatsApp enables users to send and receive messages on their secondary devices. Even when they are not close to their phone. Additionally, this feature helps you stay connected to your account even if your phone runs out of charge.
How to link your WhatsApp account to a secondary device
Before getting start with the following steps. It is important to note that you must be on the latest version to get multi-device support and link your account to a secondary device. However, this feature is also currently in beta and thus, may result in some stability issues for the time being. In addition, it is limited to WhatsApp web, desktop and portal. This means that WhatsApp has not yet enabled support for linking an Android phone or iPhone as a secondary device. You cannot connect your WhatsApp account to an Android tablet or iPad using multi-device support at this time.
- Join multi-device beta by going to WhatsApp and then Settings > Linked Devices > Multi-Device Beta.
- Once done, go back to the Linked devices screen and then tap the Link a Device button to link a new device.
- You will now be required to scan a QR code available on your secondary device to link it with your account.
After linking, it will allow you to send and receive messages using your secondary device. You will also be able to see your previous messages from the secondary device. However, deleted messages from your primary device will not appear on the secondary device. Even the message you delete from your secondary device will not appear on your phone. However, this feature does not work with the iPhone.