WhatsApp introduces a feature to connect devices without the need for a smartphone to be online

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For several months now, WhatsApp has been testing a feature that would allow users to connect their account to secondary devices and continue sending and receiving messages without a primary smartphone online. This feature is now officially available to all WhatsApp users in the latest update on Android and iOS versions.

Previously, you had to make sure that your main smartphone was still connected to the Internet before you could have a conversation in a connected web browser.

When you enable this feature on your smartphone, you need to turn on the feature – marked as still in the “Beta” phase. When enabled, you will be disconnected from all devices before reconnecting to the new device. Once connected, it behaves almost the same way, except that you will be able to chat regardless of whether your main smartphone is online or not. In addition, messages and calls are still encrypted from end to end.

Now connected devices will be able to receive and send messages for up to 14 days after the main smartphone is offline. This can be useful if you are in a situation where you have temporarily lost your smartphone and you need to stay in touch with people via WhatsApp, or if your smartphone battery is exhausted but you are close to a connected computer.

Unfortunately, there is a restriction on iOS that does not allow you to delete messages or conversations from a connected device. Another limitation is that you still cannot connect a tablet or secondary smartphone.

To check the feature, update to the latest version of WhatsApp and tap the three-point menu. Then tap “Connected devices” and enable the feature.

By: Amber V. – Zexron