An instant messaging app, WhatsApp is currently rolling out a feature that would allow users to link their accounts to secondary devices and continue to send and receive messages without the primary smartphone online.
The feature is officially rolled out to all WhatsApp users in the most recent WhatsApp update on Android and iOS versions, reports GSMArena.
Previously, users had to make sure their primary smartphone was always connected to the internet before they could conduct a conversation on your linked web browser.
When you enable this feature on your smartphone, you need to turn it on – labeled as still in “beta,” the report says.
Once activated, you will be unlinked from all devices before reconnecting to a new device. Once linked, it behaves in much the same way, except that you will be able to chat regardless of whether your primary smartphone is online or not, he added.
In addition, messages and calls are always end-to-end encrypted.
Now, linked devices will be able to receive and send messages for up to 14 days after the primary smartphone is taken offline.
According to the report, this could be useful if you find yourself in a situation where you have temporarily lost your smartphone and need to stay in touch with people through WhatsApp, or if your smartphone is running out of battery but you are near. a connected computer.
Unfortunately, there is a limitation on iOS that does not allow you to delete messages or conversation threads from a linked device. The other limitation is that you still cannot link a secondary tablet or smartphone.
To experience the feature, update to the latest version of WhatsApp and tap on the three-dot menu. Then tap on “Linked devices” and activate the feature.