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WhatsApp appears to be testing the ability to use the same user account on multiple devices.

According to WABetaInfo, the latest version of the WhatsApp beta for Android includes hints that WhatsApp is testing the possibility for up to four devices, including additional Mac computers.

The tipster adds that WhatsApp could also eventually let users send verification codes to log into their account on an additional phone, although it's not clear how this would work from a security perspective.

As it stands, WhatsApp requires a phone number to link to an iPhone, and while it's possible to use that device to link to one desktop app or the web, you can't use the same account on another phone without transferring the number – so if you lose your number, you lose your WhatsApp account.

That could soon be about to change though, based on screenshots shared by WABetaInfo, which show that the Linked Devices interface being tested is similar to the way users currently link their account to WhatsApp for Web.

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Currently the feature is hidden in the beta, so no one can use it. Whether or not it gets revealed in a future beta or eventually makes it to a public release on iPhone is another matter, and it could be the case that WhatsApp decides after testing that it isn't feasible.

That said, WhatsApp developers have been working hard on new features under the hood recently. Earlier this month, WhatsApp began rolling out a number of new features across its mobile, web, and desktop variants, including a QR code scanning option for contacts and a new Dark mode theme that extends to computers.

There's still no word on the iPad app that was rumored to be in development over 16 months ago, but it's possible we could see one in the not too distant future if WhatsApp manages to get its multi-device support off the ground.

Article Link: WhatsApp Tests Ability to Link One Account to Up to Four Devices
 
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deathcab

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I wish Apple would offer something like
Google Voice to integrate into iMessage / FaceTime. You port your number to Apples service and then your actual number doesn’t really matter. Would allow us to promo hop / better utilize prepaid offerings.

Apple stung the carriers once by essentially eliminating text messaging fees when iMessage started taking hold. Would love to see that level of disruption again and still wouldn’t require Apple becoming a carrier / MVNO (though I would welcome either if they did).
 

sengh

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Hope this solves the problem with transferring old messages when switching between iOS and android, right now it takes an expensive third party tool to do that
 

ian87w

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Still the best option for cross-platform communication, fluid UI and user base. Hate it or not WhatsApp is number 1 and iMessage could take a few tips.
I disagree.
Yes, Whatsapp has the userbase since it's platform agnostic (it's even available on KaiOS). But that doesn't mean it's "the best." The fact that you can only use it on one device, and the fact that that device must be a phone (no iPad client, for example), made it not as versatile as other messaging platforms like Telegram.

Also, chat history on iOS or Android are not transferable to the other, and vice versa. This is in contrast to other messaging apps like WeChat, where you can have your chat history on iOS, Android, back and forth.
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Hope this solves the problem with transferring old messages when switching between iOS and android, right now it takes an expensive third party tool to do that
Yeah this is definitely a bummer. The sad part is that the whatsapp backup on Google Drive is actually not encrypted at all, so I don't quite understand why the restriction.
 

mungo2k

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Still the best option for cross-platform communication, fluid UI and user base. Hate it or not WhatsApp is number 1 and iMessage could take a few tips.

I disagree, WhatsApp is my least favourite chat client. Telegram, which also uses the phone number as user information, has a far better experience across all platforms, including easy ability to add new devices as this article describes. WhatsApp doesn't even have a real iPad app which is ridiculous, and it sucks on macOS too. Even Facebook Messenger is a far better experience than WhatsApp. I really don't understand its popularity.
 

Mettwurst

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Because of the crappy backup solution, we switched to Telegram in our friends / family circle. runs performance-wise and the GIF's are not censored, like Whatsapp,
 

mungo2k

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im not sure why someone would need this feature (this many devices), but I hope a solid security for removal quickly is implemented.

Work computer, home computer, iPhone, iPad as a bare minimum. Add a smartwatch, home speaker, burner phone etc and you're quickly over the limit of 4.
 

DeepIn2U

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Work computer, home computer, iPhone, iPad as a bare minimum. Add a smartwatch, home speaker, burner phone etc and you're quickly over the limit of 4.

work computer - precisely why a security method for removal should be implemented before this leaves limited closed beta. Personally I’d never install personal communications on a work computer I have my smartphone with me so I’d get notifications and reply there. I learned this lesson a LONg time ago (I got my first sext from an ex during showing off transition from blackberry to iPhone 5 to our VP of IT. Glad he had a sense of humour though).

once your personal data is on a work laptop the company usually owns that data. Plus IT typically restricts what you can or cannot install. Still not the ideal use case for many people. It may work for you.
 

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im not sure why someone would need this feature (this many devices), but I hope a solid security for removal quickly is implemented.

i use two iPhones and it’s annoying to only have it available on one phone at a time so if someone writes me, I may have to go to the other room to get the iPhone to reply. First world problem I know, which could be somewhat be solved if there was a watch App at least
 

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I disagree, WhatsApp is my least favourite chat client. Telegram, which also uses the phone number as user information, has a far better experience across all platforms, including easy ability to add new devices as this article describes. WhatsApp doesn't even have a real iPad app which is ridiculous, and it sucks on macOS too. Even Facebook Messenger is a far better experience than WhatsApp. I really don't understand its popularity.

Mostly Telegram chats are not end to end encrypted.
 
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Bandaman

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Mostly Telegram chats are not end to end encrypted.
You have to enable end to end encryption for a particular chat in Telegram, which is annoying. Apps like Line and Signal are encrypted by default. I don’t take anything seriously about what Facebook says is encrypted.
 
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You have to enable end to end encryption for a particular chat in Telegram, which is annoying. Apps like Line and Signal are encrypted by default. I don’t take anything seriously about what Facebook says is encrypted.

If you click on a particular chat on whatsapp and then view profile theres a security code for end to end encryption which you can verify with the person you are chatting.
 

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I disagree.
Yes, Whatsapp has the userbase since it's platform agnostic (it's even available on KaiOS). But that doesn't mean it's "the best." The fact that you can only use it on one device, and the fact that that device must be a phone (no iPad client, for example), made it not as versatile as other messaging platforms like Telegram.

Also, chat history on iOS or Android are not transferable to the other, and vice versa. This is in contrast to other messaging apps like WeChat, where you can have your chat history on iOS, Android, back and forth.
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Yeah this is definitely a bummer. The sad part is that the whatsapp backup on Google Drive is actually not encrypted at all, so I don't quite understand why the restriction.

You can use WhatsApp on iPad the same way you can use it in a computer. Yes, I also hate that there is no official client and that it only works with your phone number and that that number is visible to people.
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for shure not. Telegram is way better

I disagree, WhatsApp is my least favourite chat client. Telegram, which also uses the phone number as user information, has a far better experience across all platforms, including easy ability to add new devices as this article describes. WhatsApp doesn't even have a real iPad app which is ridiculous, and it sucks on macOS too. Even Facebook Messenger is a far better experience than WhatsApp. I really don't understand its popularity.

Ehh... User base, cough. And regarding the chat history, I use iCloud and that pretty much transfer the chat to my new device. Yes, you guys have pointed out very valid problems with WhatsApp that I also have, but I only see them as minor and easily fixable.

Btw, Facebook Messenger has no where near the same fluidity and chatting experience, I dislike the UI a lot, it is clunky, and the fact that it is attached to a Facebook profile. The only thing going for it is that it does back up your chat history automatically without eating you cloud quota.
 

calzon65

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I have wished for a long time that in addition to IOS and MacOS, Apple would provide a version of iMessage for Windows. OTT (over the top) messaging applications like WhatsApp, WeChat, Telegram, etc. continue to grow. Imagine if iMessage was also ported to Android.
 
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