How WhatsApp’s multi-device support may work on Android
WhatsApp has been known to be working on rolling out multi-device support for its platform for a while now and in the last couple of months, more and more leaks about the feature are being reported. which could probably mean that the instant messaging platform will roll it out soon.
The latest development that has come to light has been spotted in the beta version of the app — version 2.20.152 — by WABetaInfo. In this beta version, the online web portal that tracks the changes and upcoming features on WhatsApp, has posted a screenshot of the ‘Linked Devices’ screen.
The message on the screenshot reads, “Use WhatsApp on other devices. Send or receive messages from your browser computer or Facebook portal.” Right below the message, there is a green button with the description ‘Link a new device.’
As per WABetaInfo, even though it doesn’t mention that users will be able to connect another phone to their WhatsApp account, but this will be the case and will “probably [be] updated in future.”
To recall, in a previous Android beta version of the app, v2.20.143, the portal spotted that on the primary registration screen, the app asks users to switch to Wi-Fi. As per the screenshot, it says, “Without Wi-Fi, logging in may be slow, and may use a large amount of your data plan.” Although the reason for the requirement of Wi-Fi wasn’t stated for using the multi-device feature, the report said that it could be because WhatsApp needs to transfer data — including chat history — to the other device.
For those unaware, once the multi-device feature is rolled out and activated, all the devices that are logged in with that account will receive a message. Further, all the previous actions such as starring a message, archiving of chats will also be in sync across all devices.