WhatsApp comes with multi-device support. Finally. You could soon be able to use WhatsApp on your computer or some other device when your phone is off.
The company is testing a new version of the software that will allow users to register their accounts on up to three devices together with their phones.
Right now, users can only use a web version of the application on other devices when their phone is on and connected to the Internet.
A limited number of users are currently testing this new functionality.
Using more than one device is one of the most demanded features of the application. But in fact, development has necessitated rethinking how the app works.
The company wrote in a recently published white paper: We had to rethink WhatsApp’s architecture and design new systems to enable a standalone multi-device experience while preserving end-to-end privacy and encryption.
Each message is encrypted individually through the paired encryption session established for each device. Messages are not stored on the server following delivery. ‘
It’s not clear exactly when the company plans to roll out the feature to more users, but it plans to introduce it as a beta option for a small number of users over the coming months, according to Tech Crunch.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement: ‘By requiring the phone to perform all operations, companion devices are slower and frequently get disconnected — especially when the phone has a poor connection, its battery is running low, or the application process gets killed by the phone’s OS.
‘It also allows for only a single companion device to be operative at a time, meaning people can’t be on a call in Portal while checking their messages on their PC, for example.
The new WhatsApp multi-device architecture removes these obstacles, no longer requiring a smartphone to be the source of truth while keeping user data transparent and secure synchronized and private.
The new functionality is one of several projects that WhatsApp is currently working on. The company is developing self-destructive images and videos – features already available in rival applications like Instagram and Signal – as well as an iPad app.