Much was said about the cross-device version of WhatsApp lately: user complaints, company announcements and leaks have become commonplace. Finally, the wait is over, at least for people who are members of the beta community, and the instant messaging platform owned by Facebook launched the tool.
With this new feature, now WhatsApp can be used on the phone and up to four other non-phone devices simultaneously, even if the cell phone battery is dead. Each add-on device will connect to the app independently.
It is found currently in testing phase. If everything goes smoothly, in three weeks it will be available to all current beta users and a while later to the rest of the users. The idea is that before the end of the year the final version is ready to download without problems. so much for Android how to iOS.
From the company they assured that they developed new technologies to maintain end-to-end encryption and, at the same time, achieve synchronization of data such as: contact names, chat files, starred messages and more, on all devices. To achieve this, WhatsApp architecture was rethought and new systems were designed to enable a standalone multi-device experience while preserving privacy.
The new multi-device mode uses the smartphone app as the main device, which makes it the cell phone is the source for all user data and the only device capable of encrypting or decrypting messages, initiating calls, etc.. Add-on devices maintain a secure and persistent connection to the phone and simply mirror their content in their own user interface.
However, it does come with some significant reliability tradeoffs: by requiring the phone to perform all operations, add-on devices are slower and disconnect frequently. It also allows only one add-on device to be operational at a time, meaning that people cannot be on a Portal call while checking their messages on their PC, for example.
What are the limitations of the new WhatsApp feature?
Since the function is in the test phase, it is normal that there are things that do not work. From the company they indicated that, currently, these functions are not compatible with the multi-device beta.
- You won’t be able to see the real-time location on paired devices.
- You will not be able to pin chats on WhatsApp Web or Desktop.
- You will not be able to view or restore group invitations or join them from WhatsApp Web or Desktop. To do this, you will need to use your phone.
- You will not be able to send messages or call contacts who use a very outdated version of WhatsApp on their phones from your paired device.
- You will not be able to call from Portal or WhatsApp Desktop to linked devices that do not use the beta version for several devices.
- Other WhatsApp accounts will not work on your Portal unless they have been added to the beta version for multiple devices.
- WhatsApp Business users will not be able to edit their company name or labels from WhatsApp Web or Desktop.
How to activate multi-device mode?
Initially the WhatsApp multi-device experiencep can be tested by the group of users that is within the existing beta program. At the same time some additional features will be added to it before slowly rolling out more widely.
To be a beta tester on Android you have to go to https://play.newsylist.com/apps/testing/com.whatsapp and there click where it says “Become a tester”. You will receive an update to the WhatsApp Messenger application, realizing that you are already a member of the community.
You can unsubscribe from the testing program at any time, simply by clicking on the button that says “Exit the program” and that is in the lower margin of the page mentioned above. You will be able to continue using the public version of WhatsApp after doing this.
In the case of people with iPhone, first of all, they must install TestFlight on the device. Then, accept the invitation that you will receive by email or through a link to install the beta version of the app. In this case, the official link indicates that there is no availability to be a beta tester for WhatsApp on iOS. When it is released then you must follow these steps:
1. Download the TestFlight app on the iOS device that you will use to perform the tests by clicking here.
2. Install the beta version of the iOS app through an email invitation or the public link, which in this case would be this.
3. Open the invitation email or tap the public link on the iOS device where you will be testing.
4. Click on “View in TestFlight” or “Start testing”, or touch “Install” or “Update” for the app you want to test.