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Multidevice capacity in WhatsApp

WhatsApp’s multi-device spreading

Facebook Engineering team announced a rollout of a limited public beta test for WhatsApp’s updated multi-device capability.

This new capability would allow users to have WhatsApp on their phones and up to four other non-phone devices simultaneously — even if the phone’s battery is dead. Each companion device will connect to WhatsApp independently, but the same end-to-end encryption will be used in the data (contact names, chat archives, etc.) syncing across devices.

The users will still need to scan a QR code from their phone to link new companion devices, while they will be able to see all the companion devices linked to their account as well as when they were last used, and will be able to log out of them remotely if needed.

WhatsApp Multi-device graphic

WhatsApp Multi-device graphic

WhatsApp is planning to initially test the experience with a small group of users from their existing beta program.

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