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WhatsApp Multi-Device Beta Announced: Works Without Phone, How To Enroll

Facebook has now announced WhatsApp Multi-Device beta, which allows one to use WhatsApp on multiple devices. The public beta has been rolled out to only a few markets, so you may or may not get the update depending on the country you live in. The company hasn’t disclosed what countries will it be rolled out to.

The WhatsApp Multi-Device beta is what many users were waiting for, and finally, it is here. Let’s discuss what this update will bring, and how you can enroll in it. 


What Will Not Work On The WhatsApp Multi-Device Beta?

The update has been announced as public beta as of now, and many things may not work with this update. Given below is a list of things that will not be working with this update-

  • Users won’t be able to view live locations on the companion devices.
  • Pinning chats on WhatsApp Web or Desktop won’t be possible now.
  • Viewing, joining, and resetting the group invites won’t be possible if you are using WhatsApp Web and Desktop. However, you can do it via the phone.
  • You won’t be able to message or call someone whose WhatsApp version is very old.
  • Users won’t be able to call from WhatsApp Desktop or Portal from linked devices if they aren’t enrolled on the update.
  • You won’t be able to use other WhatsApp accounts on your portal if those accounts haven’t yet enrolled for the WhatsApp Multi-Device beta.
  • If you are a WhatsApp Business user, then you won’t be able to update the name or label of your business if you are running WhatsApp Web or Desktop. It is possible through the mobile phone.

What Functionality Does The WhatsApp Multi-Device Beta Bring To Whatsapp?

The update will bring multi-device functionality to WhatsApp. If you enroll for the WhatsApp Multi-Device beta, then you will be able to use WhatsApp on up to four non-phone devices, even though if your phone is not connected to the internet.

Life Of The Message Before

The update doesn’t allow you to use WhatsApp on multiple phones but you can use it on four non-phone devices, even if your phone’s battery is dead. Each device that connects to your WhatsApp account, will have the same level of privacy and security which will be maintained through WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption. This will be maintained even when you sync data including chat archives, starred messages, contact names, and such others.

Life Of The Message After


Joining Or Leaving The Multi-Device Beta

You can anytime join or leave the Multi-Device Beta, no matter what device you are using.

Joining The Beta

If you want to join the multi-device beta, then you can follow the steps given below. We have divided the steps for iPhone and Android phones, so you can follow the steps depending on the device you are using.

For Android

  • To join the multi-device beta on an Android phone, open WhatsApp on your device.
  • On Whatsapp, tap on More Options (three ellipses). Now tap on linked devices, and then tap on multi-device beta.
  • Next tap on Join Beta to get yourself enrolled for the multi-device beta.

For iPhone

  • To join the multi-device beta on an iPhone, open the WhatsApp on your phone, and then head to WhatsApp Settings. 
  • In the WhatsApp settings, tap on linked devices and then tap on multi-device beta.
  • Now tap on Join Beta to join the multi-device beta.

Leaving The Beta

You can easily leave the Multi-Device beta whenever you want to. Follow the steps given below to leave the Multi-Device beta.

For Android

  • Open WhatsApp on your phone, and then tap on More Options (or three ellipses).
  • Next head to the linked devices and then tap on multi-device beta. 
  • Now tap on leave beta to leave the multi-device beta.

For iPhone

  • Open the WhatsApp app on your iPhone, and then head to WhatsApp Settings. 
  • Now in the WhatsApp settings, tap on linked devices and then tap on multi-device beta. 
  • Next tap on leave beta to leave the multi-device beta.

Final Words

That’s what the WhatsApp Multi-Device beta update is. You can follow the steps in this article to join the beta program or leave it whenever you want to.


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