How to use the web version without a phone

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WhatsApp currently offers a cross-device beta program that gives users early access to try out a new version of WhatsApp for web, desktop, and portal. It allows WhatsApp users to use linked companion devices without needing to keep their phones connected.

You can link up to four devices to your account, including browsers and other devices. The company has confirmed that the feature supports end-to-end encryption, which means all your personal messages, media, and calls will remain private.

The good thing is that you will be able to use WhatsApp Web, Desktop and Portal even when the primary phone does not have an active internet connection. However, if the main device remains disconnected for more than 14 days, the linked devices will be automatically disconnected.

How to use WhatsApp Web without your smartphone

It should be noted that you will need to link your device to the web, desktop or portal at the initial stage, after which you can use WhatsApp without connecting your smartphone. Here’s a quick overview of how you can do it.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your phone and tap the three-dot icon located at the top right corner of the screen.

2nd step: Tap “Linked devices” and then tap “Multi-device beta” again. WhatsApp will then show a page, which explains the limitations of the feature and other things.

Step 3: Now press the “Join Beta” button and press the “Continue” button. Once done, all you have to do is link your smartphone to WhatsApp Web by scanning the QR code.

What to keep in mind before using this feature

Some features are currently not supported if you plan to use this media feature. The company says in its blog post that this feature won’t work if someone deletes or deletes chats on companion devices if the primary device is an iPhone.

The feature does not support devices that use a very old version of WhatsApp. This is also the case for tablets.

WhatsApp notes that one will not be able to view live location on companion devices. The cross-device beta feature also does not support messages with WhatsApp Web link previews and creating/viewing a mailing list on companion devices.

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