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WhatsApp’s new multi-device feature doesn’t require your phone anymore

by Yvonne Ng
WhatsApp, Multi-device
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We’re all too familiar with using WhatsApp on our desktop; whether it’s the web version or the app itself, you’ll always need your phone to be connected. Well, Facebook finally introduced a solution to that — multi-device capability.

According to Facebook’s blog post, “With this new capability, you can now use WhatsApp on your phone and up to four other non-phone devices simultaneously — even if your phone battery is dead.”

WhatsApp is finally okay with your phone running out of juice

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This means using WhatsApp on the web or your laptops will no longer require you to have a powered-on phone. Facebook also promises the same level of privacy and security on these non-phone devices while introducing an identity key to each device so there will no longer be a need to depend on a single one — the one on your phone.

Same security, but less fuss

In addition to that, WhatsApp will have a new feature called Automatic Device Detection. This will reduce the number of identity verifications, so you’ll only need to re-verify your security code with the other user if either one of you re-register your entire account.

Multi-device beta isn’t open to all

Unfortunately, the beta for this feature is not available to everyone and is only tested on a limited number of users. For more information, read the full blog post here.

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