WhatsApp will soon be usable on multiple devices –


After years of customer demand, WhatsApp, the encrypted chat app owned by Facebook, is finally adding true multi-device support.

Whereas previously all of a user’s WhatsApp traffic had to be routed through their smartphone regardless of the device they were using, the new limited public beta allows the app to use up to four non-mobile devices. simultaneous telephone calls, even without a telephone in the mix. .

This means that users can continue to access WhatsApp even if their phone’s battery is dead and will no longer have to deal with slow service due to all data routing through the phone.

According to Facebook, this involved rethinking the architecture of the app while maintaining end-to-end privacy and encryption.

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“Each companion device will connect to your WhatsApp independently while maintaining the same level of privacy and security with the end-to-end encryption that WhatsApp users have come to expect.

“It’s important to note that we’ve developed new technologies to maintain end-to-end encryption while managing to keep your data in sync – such as contact names, chat records, followed messages, etc.

The new multi-device capability is being tested with a small initial group of existing beta testers and will see a slower and larger rollout.

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