WhatsApp has started rolling out a multi-device feature that allows you to use the same account across multiple devices from a web browser or a PC app without the need for your smartphone. The user can access the service across multiple devices simultaneously.
This great feature allows you to use WhatsApp on the web, macOS or Windows computers, or even the mobile version of the app on up to four additional devices without having to keep logging in on your smartphone.
It is also about connecting many devices such as a PC or tablet to a WhatsApp account. The only difference is that your sessions will not expire if you turn off your smartphone or close the app.
In addition, this feature can be useful if the phone battery is dead or if you have closed the application inadvertently.
How to activate the feature?
You can add up to 4 additional devices regardless of your smartphone. This means that you have up to 5 devices using the same account simultaneously.
To do this, follow these steps:
- Open the WhatsApp app on your phone, then tap the three dots on the top right of the home screen.
- From the menu that appears, select the Connected devices option.
- On the screen that appears, click on the Connect Device link.
- Open the web version of WhatsApp by clicking on this link.
- Point the smartphone camera at the QR code on the computer screen to log into the account via the browser.
If you don’t see Connected Devices in the app, your account doesn’t offer this feature yet.
To access the feature, the application must be updated to the latest version, noting that the multi-device feature works in the same way as connecting to the web version via a PC or tablet.
The main difference is that you don’t need to keep using your smartphone in order to continue using WhatsApp across your other devices.
It also reverses the previous method in which your communication sessions with the version of WhatsApp via the web or the computer application end as soon as you log out or close the application on your phone.
In addition, each of the devices connected to your account has its own identification key. Thus, it is able to encrypt and decrypt messages locally without having to rely on the smartphone to which the account is linked.
The same applies to voice and video calls that can work without connecting to the user’s smartphone. The platform ensures that messages remain synchronized between devices. This allows you to browse the chat history even if the smartphone is no longer.
For additional protection, you should use the WhatsApp application via smartphone at least once every 14 days to ensure that your account always has access to your smartphone. Failure to do so will close active sessions across connected devices.