WhatsApp has begun rolling our multi-device support for a large number of users on both Android and iOS. This will give the users the privilege of using their accounts on secondary devices, without requiring their devices to be connected to the internet. The new feature will allow users to connect WhatsApp on up to four devices simultaneously to send and receive messages on the app even when their phones are not connected online.
This feature notably enables end-to-end encryption on the chats that takes place using the secondary device. This means that neither WhatsApp nor a third party can read the messages you send or receive on your connected PC.
If you’re keen on trying out the new feature, you will first need to download the latest WhatsApp version and there after link your account to a secondary device. Its also important to note that this feature is also currently in ‘beta’ and could potentially result in some stability issues. At the moment, the feature is limited to WhatsApp Web, Desktop, and Portal. Linking an Android device or iOS device as a secondary device is not possible at the moment.
Here are the steps:
1. Firstly, you will need to join multi-device beta by going to WhatsApp and then follow these steps: Settings > Linked Devices > Multi-Device Beta.
2. Now you will need to go back to the Linked devices screen and then tap the Link a Device button to link a new device.
3. Lastly, you will be required to scan a QR code available on your secondary device to link it with your WhatsApp account.
Once you have finally linked your device, WhatsApp will allow you to send and receive messages using your secondary device.
You will also be able to see your previous messages from the secondary device, however all the messages that were deleted from your primary device will not be visible on the secondary one and vice versa. This unfortunately does not work on an iPhone.