Everything you need to know about WhatsApp's new multi-device support

Everything you need to know about WhatsApp's new multi-device support

WhatsApp has been prepping support for multiple devices for months now — even longer if you consider its semi-functional existing web and desktop implementation as an intrinsic part of the process. The feature started to go live for some users a few days ago, and appears to be spreading widely now. Most beta app users should have it now, and it is making its way to non-beta users too. It's trivial to set up and, although most functionality is retained, it's still a little disappointing. What's this new multi-device feature? If you've installed WhatsApp on your phone, you're probably aware that you can't sign in with the same account on other devices. To (partially) remedy this, WhatsApp added web then native desktop support, but your phone remained the first and indispensable point of contact. It had to be turned on and connected so you could receive and send messages from your computers. With the new method, WhatsApp is removing this annoying requirement, allowing you to use the service on your computers even when your phone's battery is dead or when …
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