Popular messaging platform WhatsApp is set to launch cross-device support for users in 2021 as it has been working on this feature for some time now.
Currently, users who want to message their contacts will be prompted to scan a QR code to gain further access to WhatsApp Web. But it has its own issues because the moment your phone loses internet connectivity or runs out of battery, your WhatsApp Web will be disconnected.
Multi-device support for beta testing on WhatsApp removes this problem by letting WhatsApp run on users’ primary smartphone and up to four other devices in case the primary device doesn’t have internet access.
But a question that arises in every user’s mind is what will happen to WhatsApp Web after the release of multi-device support. A WhatsApp spokesperson answered this question.
“WhatsApp Web remains an important platform for our users. Until now, WhatsApp was only available on one device at a time. Desktop and web support only worked by mirroring your phone – which meant your phone had to be turned on and have an active internet connection,” the WhatsApp spokesperson reportedly said.
Importantly, as multi-device support rolls out, users will be able to add up to four additional devices, but only WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop, or Facebook Portal. WABetaInfo said the Facebook-owned messaging platform may add support for adding additional devices (like smartphones or tablets) at a later stage.