WhatsApp has started rolling out a new update that features multi-device support that works without the need for a smartphone being online.
Its been long rumoured that WhatsApp has been working on the multi-device capability for the past several months. The Facebook-owned company also says that it developed new technologies to maintain end-to-end encryption while keeping user data such as message history, contact names, and starred messages in sync seamlessly across devices.
“Beginning on July 14, 2021, a user can have multiple devices, each with its own set of encryption keys. If the encryption keys of one device are compromised, an attacker cannot use them to decrypt the messages sent to other devices, even devices registered to the same user,”said WhatsApp in a Whitepaper.
Although for the past years, WhatsApp has been allowing users to access the platform simultaneously on a secondary device such as a desktop or laptop, the latest update is meant to provide standalone multi-device support where users don’t rely on their phones to be connected to the Internet.
At the moment, the multi-device capability is available for WhatsApp’s beta programme users. Users who are getting the multi-device capability on their WhatsApp account will be able to link new devices by scanning a QR code from their phone, identical to how you connect to WhatsApp Web or desktop today.