- WhatsApp has begun showing the first instances of multi-device support.
- WhatsApp could be supported simultaneously on four devices with one account.
- There is no tangible detail to when the feature will be out.
WhatsApp is facing a strong competition ever since more players entered the space. Now, the Facebook-owned chat app is looking to add more features to give a tough fight in an attempt to wrest its customers. WhatsApp is working on the feature that will allow it to work simultaneously on four devices with one account. The said feature could be the first one of the many elements that WhatsApp will gradually roll out for multi-device support, which has been in the rumour mill for a long time now.
According to a screenshot posted by the WhatsApp watchdog, WABetaInfo, WhatsApp will soon let users sign in to their account on more than one device at a time. The functionality will likely rely on a Wi-Fi network that other devices may also need to be connected to. The screenshot shows a "Continue" button to "begin the process" after WhatsApp is "connected to WiFi". WhatsApp is still working on the feature and it is not likely to roll out soon to the beta channel.
Yes, it's the ability to use your WhatsApp account from 4 devices at the same time.— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) June 12, 2020
Under development, but it's great!
While Wi-Fi could be one way to establish secure synchronisation of data between different devices connected to a single account, WhatsApp may add the mobile data option for when the wireless broadband connectivity is not available. The best use case for giving the Wi-Fi option by default is that there are many devices, for example, tablets and even hybrid laptops, that do not have support for cellular connectivity. Mobile phones definitely support SIM cards, along with a narrow range of tablets and even 2-in-1 laptops. WhatsApp may be looking to give every type of device the support for its under-development feature.
Currently, WhatsApp can only be signed into a single device at a time using a single account. Although there is the facility of accessing WhatsApp Web with the same account, it does not work similarly to using it on a smartphone. Moreover, WhatsApp Web needs the smartphone connected to servers for tethering -- something that may be removed after multi-device support arrives. WhatsApp Web is also likely to gain extra features, including optimisations for when multi-device support becomes available.
Previously, WhatsApp has been rumoured to be working on bringing in the functionality that will allow users to sign in to their account on multiple devices at a given time. It may require QR code scanning for login on other devices, a functionality used by other platforms such as Paytm and PhonePe for multi-device sign-in.