WhatsApp Multiple Device Feature Reportedly in Final Stage of Testing

Yolanda Curtis
September 21, 2020

However, the tipster didn't give us any details about when exactly the feature will be live for beta testers, but since WhatsApp's next plan includes releasing the feature to beta testers, it safe to assume that we may not have to wait longer to get a taste of the feature.

We've already gotten a glimpse of parts of WhatsApp's multi-device support through screenshots shared by WABetaInfo. So users who are on WhatsApp's public beta programme will be able to test it soon.

WhatsApp's new feature
WhatsApp's new feature

As spotted by the eagle-eyed team at WABetainfo, it seems a new security feature will mean the user will have to authenticate themselves, via the phone's fingerprint scanner, before WhatsApp Web is visible. Notably, your main phone doesn't have to stay connected to the internet to let you access WhatsApp from a different device.

Furthermore, WhatsApp is also planning on building a new UI for the desktop client, which will showcase how the chat history is migrated and that the process is end to end encrypted. The feature was spotted on the iOS version of the app.

At the moment, WhatsApp Web requires you to scan a QR code in your browser to initiate a new session. It's similar to the interface of WhatsApp WebDesktop interface on the app.

However, this feature is now in beta testing but users can opt in to try out this feature a bit early. It's also mentioned that not all features will be available on multi-device support. Apparently, some of the multi-device functionalities of the app are not yet ready, but the most important ones, like syncing chant history, muting your chats, starring/delivering messages etc., are all fully functional.

WhatsApp is now testing this feature on its Android app.

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