Facebook has announcement a Limited public beta test of its new multi-device capability for WhatsApp, which will allow WhatsApp users to use the app on various devices, without the need for an active mobile connection.
As explained by Facebook:
“With this new feature, you can now use WhatsApp on your phone and up to four other non-phone devices simultaneously – even if your phone’s battery is dead. Each companion device will connect to your WhatsApp independently while maintaining the same. level of privacy and security thanks to the end-to-end encryption that WhatsApp users have come to expect. Above all, we have developed new technologies to maintain end-to-end encryption while managing to keep your data in sync – such as phone names. contact, chat archives, favorites messages, and more – on all devices. “
This will provide more ways to use WhatsApp for login, in the same way that you can already use Messenger and Instagram Direct, but with the additional security features of WhatsApp included.
As explained by the head of WhatsApp Will cathcart:
“Until now, WhatsApp was only available on one device at a time, and desktop and web support only mirrored your phone – which meant your phone had to be on and have an active internet connection. Our multi-device capability immediately makes the experience better for people who use the desktop / web and portal. And it will also add support for more types of devices over time. “
The new process will use what Facebook calls ‘Automatic device verification‘which allows devices to automatically establish trusted connections, in order to maintain WhatsApp’s privacy standards. This will expand the use cases for the app, and as Facebook seeks to integrate more business options, it could also make it easier for brands to manage their presence on WhatsApp.
Facebook has also made efforts to enable interoperability between its messaging apps, which will eventually allow users to send a message from WhatsApp to Instagram Direct and / or Messenger, or vice versa, with all major messaging processes. from Facebook linked.
It’s caused some angst among regulatory groups, who fear that full message encryption could help cover up criminal activity, while antitrust analysts also speculate that the move could be designed to make Facebook platforms indivisible, which means that if Facebook ultimately turns out to be too powerful in the market, it cannot be dismantled, as some have suggested.
In any case, this new advancement will facilitate more connection options via WhatsApp, making it easier to manage your WhatsApp messages, and perhaps your WhatsApp business presence, on various devices.
You can read more about the process of Facebook to enable multi-device connection for WhatsApp. here.