WhatsApp recently started rolling out its multi-device feature widely. Still in beta, the new feature allows users to link up to four devices without having to connect their primary smartphone to the Internet.
Both Android and iOS users can use this feature for now by simply signing up for beta testing. With this, WhatsApp Web will work on your laptop even without your phone being connected to the internet.
Users can link up to four devices to their WhatsApp. This feature comes in handy when you use more than one device – phone, laptop and/or tablet. This feature is currently in the open beta stage, so users will need to sign up for the multi-device beta first. Let’s see how to do it:
1. Open WhatsApp on your smartphone.
2. Click the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, then select Linked devices. This will open the screen from where you log in to WhatsApp Web.
3. Tap “Multi-Device Beta,” then tap “Join Beta.”
4. Next, go back to the Lined Devices page and tap on the Link a Device button.
5. Open web.whatsapp.com on your secondary device.
6. Scan the QR code shown on your secondary device with your smartphone’s camera.
7. Once linked, you can forget about your smartphone and use WhatsApp Web carelessly.
Now you can use WhatsApp in both the devices. You don’t have to worry about keeping your primary smartphone connected to the internet or keeping it running for that matter.
Once logged in, devices linked on WhatsApp will be able to receive and send messages for up to 14 days after the smartphone is offline.
The feature has one limitation on iOS – it doesn’t allow you to delete conversations or messages from the linked device. Also, you still can’t link a tablet or secondary smartphone to WhatsApp.