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(Pocket-lint) – WhatsApp’s longstanding cross-device support could finally be close to launch. WhatsApp has reportedly been working on the feature for a while, but it’s taking a while due to the amount of new work that needs to be done to allow it.
We’ve been hearing rumors of full-fledged multi-device support since 2020 and there’s been beta testing for that as well. These trials included a “multi-device beta” that would allow devices to work even without a connection to the user’s phone.
According to WABetaInfo, a cross-device update is on the way which would allow users to link a second phone to their WhatsApp account. Perfect for those of us who have more than one smartphone and still need to be able to access WhatsApp from anywhere.
This linked device feature will allow users to control all connected devices the same way you currently can when using WhatsApp on the web and desktop, except your primary phone does not need to always have an Internet connection in the background.
All of this is also interesting because traditionally WhatsApp has always required a phone number to be linked to your device. If you’re switching to a new phone, you’ll be fine if you keep the same number, but if not, you’ll have to start from scratch.
Then you have the worry of letting all your contacts know what happened. Likewise, if you’re already juggling two phones — a work and home phone for example — you can’t run WhatsApp comfortably and easily either.
Along with this update, it is said that a number of improvements are also coming. These include the ability to create link previews, smoother connections, and more.
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It’s unclear when the update will officially launch at this point.
Written by Adrian Willings and Cam Bunton.