For quite some time, WhatsApp has been hindered by its inability to offer cross-device messaging. However, the popular messaging application [WhatsApp] has now introduced a new feature that allows users to send and receive synchronized messages on various devices.
With a plethora of messaging platforms available, many users have wondered why WhatsApp did not allow multiple device logins. While the app prides itself on its robust security features, such as end-to-end encryption, the capability for cross-device messaging has been technically feasible for some time.
For a long time, messaging applications like Telegram have offered the convenience of using the same account across multiple devices, making it frustrating for users when they switch to WhatsApp and realize they need to verify and essentially deactivate their previous device. This has been a significant pain point for users, who have had to resort to workarounds to achieve this functionality.
However, last year, WhatsApp introduced a feature that allowed users to log in to other devices, such as a PC, with their phone acting as the host. Now, the platform has expanded this use case with the launch of a feature that lets users use multiple phones with the same WhatsApp account at the same time. Although this feature has been rumored for some time, its official rollout now makes it a reality for users.
WhatsApp has stated that users can link up to four additional devices, besides the original device, presumably on both Android and iOS platforms. These phones will connect to servers independently of each other, eliminating the need for the original device to be active.
One notable aspect of this feature is that if the primary device remains inactive for an extended period, a failsafe will be activated, logging out all companion devices. This is a welcome improvement compared to the previous practice of deactivating the previous device whenever a new device was logged in.
Additionally, the company is introducing a new login alternative, which enables users to enter their phone number for a one-time code that allows them to link extra devices.
WhatsApp has announced that the new update is currently being rolled out worldwide, and it will be available to everyone in the next few weeks.