MULTI-DEVICE

How to use WhatsApp without a smart phone

You can link up to four devices without the need to connect your phone to the internet.

In Summary

• You can link up to four devices without the need to connect your phone to the internet.

• This feature however, does not support those using a very old version of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will let people message without using their phone for the first time.
WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will let people message without using their phone for the first time.
Image: REUTERS

If you use WhatsApp Web, there is a new feature that offers a multi-device beta program.

This feature will allow you to link up to four devices, which includes browsers and other devices, without the need to keep your phone connected.

The company has confirmed through a post.... that the features support end-to-end encryption which means, all your messages, calls and media remain private.

The new feature also allows you to make calls through the WhatsApp web, desktop and portal, as long as they have joined the Beta version.

Another bonus is that you can access your messages and information even when the main phone does not have an internet connection.

However, if the main device remains disconnected for over 14 days, the linked devices will be logged out automatically.

This feature does not support those using a very old version of WhatsApp.

A similar case with tablets.

Other features include;

Live location

According to WhatsApp, with the new feature, one won’t be able to view live location on companion devices

Link previews

The multi-beta feature also does not support messages with link previews from WhatsApp web and creating or viewing a broadcast list on companion devices.

How to use WhatsApp Web without your phone:

Step 1

Open WhatsApp on your phone and tap the three-dotted icon at the top right.

Step 2

Tap linked devices then tap again on ‘multi-device beta’.

A page will be displayed which explains the limitations of the feature and other things.

Step 3

Tap on Join beta and press continue. Link your phone by scanning the QR code.

Although it comes with minor limitations, one can leave as he or she pleases.

A screenshot of the phone screen limitation display
A screenshot of the phone screen limitation display

Edited by D Tarus