After weeks in beta version, WhatsApp has begun to activate the new multi-device mode to all users for both the web version and the desktop app. This new feature allows you to use a WhatsApp account without the main device being connected to the Internet. Therefore, it will be possible to continue chatting if the smartphone runs out of battery or does not have a stable connection. Also maintaining, in addition, the synchronization of conversations and multimedia content.

The process to activate the new WhatsApp multi-device mode is very similar to the one the messaging app used in the previous version. WhatsApp, remember, allowed to connect the account to the PC, but it was essential that the main smartphone was connected to the Internet. Now, users with an iPhone or Android phone can access the ‘Settings’ option from the app and enter ‘Linked devices’ to add a new one. Then, it will be necessary to access the web or desktop version and scan, using the terminal’s camera, the QR that will appear on the screen.

But how can messages be sent if the main cell phone is inactive? WhatsApp’s new multi-device mode includes a new architecture that gives priority to sending messages, calls and video calls from any device. Thus, if a WhatsApp message is sent from the PC, the application will send it directly to the recipient, while also backing up the chat to the primary device so as to have the messages synchronized. Previously, the smartphone always acted as an intermediary in this process.

WhatsApp allows up to four additional devices to be linked without the need for the main smartphone to be connected. At the moment, the new multi-device mode is only available in the mobile app for iOS and Android, as well as in desktop version; both via web and through apps available for macOS and Windows. Unfortunately, it is not possible to use the same WhatsApp account on two mobiles, although it is a feature that could arrive soon.

The messaging app owned by Facebook (Meta) is also working on an app for the iPad, which will enable this new multi-device mode of WhatsApp to be activated beyond the web or desktop version. For now, the app is in development, but is expected to arrive in final form in the coming months.

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