For a long time, WhatsApp has teased multi-device compatibility. Users may now use their iPhones or Android devices to enable this capability, which is now in public beta.
The “multi-device beta is an opt-in program that provides you early access to sample a new version of WhatsApp for Web, Desktop, and Portal,” according to a WhatsApp FAQ website. You’ll be able to utilize linked companion devices without having to keep your phone connected if you join the multi-device beta.”
WhatsApp reveals what features you get when you join the public beta program once more:
- You can use WhatsApp on up to four companion devices at one time, but can only have one phone connected to your WhatsApp account at one time.
- You’ll still need to register your WhatsApp account and link new devices with your phone.
- If you don’t use your phone for over 14 days, your linked devices will become disconnected.
Although it’s unclear when WhatsApp will provide multi-device functionality that isn’t in beta, the firm does mention which functionalities are currently unsupported in the current public beta program.
For example, if your primary device is an iPhone, you won’t be able to clear or delete chats on companion devices, message or call someone who is using a very old version of WhatsApp, use tablets, view live location on companion devices, create and view a broadcast list on companion devices, call between Portals that have joined the beta and portals that haven’t, or send messages with like previews from WhatsApp beta.
Apart from the lack of functionality, multi-device compatibility is quite simple to use if you want to give it a shot. After you’ve downloaded the most recent version of the program, follow these instructions:
- Go to WhatsApp Settings.
- Tap Linked Devices.
- Tap Multi-Device Beta.
- Tap Join Beta
Although Mark Zuckerberg alluded at an iPad version of WhatsApp, it’s unclear when the software would be released. In terms of the Instagram version, we appear to be a long way off.
Communities is a new feature heading to WhatsApp
While many may be pleased about the public beta’s multi-device functionality, WABetaInfo said that WhatsApp is working on community features that will be distinct from Twitter’s recently introduced feature and Facebook Groups.
This Community feature is described as “a new space where group managers have more control over groups on WhatsApp, mostly to group other groups quickly,” according to the website.
“It’s like a group chat at the moment, so nothing like a social network: it’s still a private place between people protected by end-to-end encryption.
In this screenshot, you can also notice a different layout for the community icon: yes, community icons are square with rounded edges to distinguish the community from a group chat.“
It’s unclear when WhatsApp will make this functionality available to beta testers, but we’ll let you know as soon as we know.