WhatsApp’s much-awaited multi-device support is finally rolling out for all users. The feature which was in beta has now been released both on iOS and Android platforms. Also Read - WhatsApp announces Cloud API for large business, confirms Premium service for SMBs
For the unversed, the feature allows user to use their WhatsApp account on multiple devices simultaneously to send and receive messages on the cross-messaging platform. But one should keep in note that the linked devices will get disconnected if the phone remains inactive for two weeks. Also Read - Android hacks: How to block spam calls on your Android phone
“Your phone won’t need to stay online to use WhatsApp on linked devices, but if you don’t use your phone for over 14 days, your linked devices will become disconnected. You’ll still need to register your WhatsApp account and link new devices with your phone,” WhatsApp mentioned on its FAQ page. Also Read - No, WhatsApp will not let you leave groups silently
The Meta-owned app also gave details on the unsupported feature that include clearing or deleting chats on linked devices if your primary device is an iPhone, older version of WhatsApp, using tablets, viewing live location on linked devices, creating and viewing broadcast lists on linked devices, and ending messages with link previews from WhatsApp Web.
That said, here’s a simple guide on how to link a device and use multi-device support feature-
How to use multi-device support feature-
-Open the WhatsApp account on your smartphone.
-Tap on the three dots on the top right of the app and select the Linked Devices option.
-Unlock your phone with biometric authentication or enter pin whichever you have set.
-Open web.whatsapp.com or WhatsApp Desktop app on your PC or laptop.
-Scan the QR code via your smartphone.
-Launch the WhatsApp account on your iPhone.
-Go to Settings and select the Linked Devices option.
-Then follow the steps mentioned above.
Once linked, WhatsApp can be simultaneously accessed on different devices to send and receive texts. To note, the feature allows using the app on up to four devices.