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Using WhatsApp without a mobile phone: Multi-device beta launched

Using WhatsApp without a mobile phone: Multi-device beta launched

Users can try WhatsApp’s new “Multi-Device” function. It allows to use without mobile phone.

WhatsApp has gone ahead to test the “Multi-Device” beta. So far possible

Users send WhatsApp messages to a computer or browser, but the PC or tablet used must be connected to a smartphone that is switched on and connected to the Internet
Both. This restriction does not apply to the new “Multi Device” function, which supports up to four “devices”.

Mark Zuckerberg announced in early June.

WhatsApp gets new security framework

WhatsApp's new security framework

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WhatsApp’s new security framework

© Facebook / WhatsApp


An extensive blog post
WhatsApp explains how the security of transmitted text, voice and video messages is ensured even without the use of a smartphone, despite the multi-device functionality. For this purpose, the basic security structure of WhatsApp has been changed.

Until now, when a message was sent via a smartphone connected via a PC or web browser, the user’s identity was verified and the associated end-to-end encryption was carried out. With the “Multi Device” this is now done independently from the smartphone. Nevertheless, all messages, media, and calls are protected from unauthorized eyes by final-to-final encryption.

WhatsApp explains that “each message is encrypted individually using a pair of encryption sessions set up on each device. Messages are not stored on the server after delivery” and adds: “The same scalable sender key encryption program of the signal protocol is still used for groups.”

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WhatsApp boss Will Godcard explains

In a tweet:
“We have developed new technologies that maintain the ultimate end-to-end encryption when your data – news history, contact names, starred messages and more – is synced seamlessly across devices.”

How To Get WhatsApp Multi-Device Beta


Official questions
You can see that many device betas are available for “qualified beta users” from WhatsApp or WhatsApp Business, the latest

Beta version on Android

IPhones (via Apple Test Flight)
Application. “When you join the multi-device beta, you can use connected devices without your phone being connected. Your messages, media and calls are encrypted from the end,” WhatsApp says.

You can use WhatsApp on up to four devices simultaneously. However, only one smartphone can be connected to a WhatsApp account at a time. In addition, WhatsApp accounts still need to be registered, and new devices need to be connected to the smartphone. If the smartphone has not been used for more than 14 days, the connection to the connected devices will be automatically disconnected.

WhatsApp explains how the user integrates into the multi-device beta

On this information page:
On Android and iOS smartphones, you need to tap “Additional Options” (iOS: “Settings”), “Connected Devices”, “Multi-Device Beta” and “Join Beta”.

Features not yet supported

During the multi-device beta, some WhatsApp functions are not yet supported. In particular, these are:

  • The live location of the associated devices cannot be seen.

  • No chat on WhatsApp web or desktop will be fixed

  • None of the group calls should be accepted, viewed or reset on the WhatsApp web or desktop. This requires the use of a smartphone.

  • The connected device will not be able to send calls or messages to users who are using an older version of WhatsApp on their phone.

  • If you make a call from the portal or WhatsApp desktop, the call will not be sent to the invited device’s connected devices that are not registered in the multi-device beta.

  • Other WhatsApp accounts on the portal will not work if multiple devices do not participate in the beta.

  • WhatsApp business users cannot edit their company name and labels on the WhatsApp web or desktop.