By Babajide Okeowo
WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging app, has unveiled a now cool feature that will allow users to send messages even when their phone is dead or they are not with their phone.
In a blog post on Wednesday, Facebook engineers said the new feature would allow for the hugely popular service to be used on multiple “non-phone” devices without needing to connect to the smartphone app.
“With this new capability, you can now use WhatsApp on your phone and up to four other non-phone devices simultaneously – even if your phone battery is dead,” the blog post said.
What this means is that prior to the roll-out of this new feature, before you can use your WhatsApp on non-phone devices like laptop, Chromebook, Mac, users are first required to link their smartphones to the other non-phone devices, other issues can arise as well, such as frequent disconnection. Not anymore!
“The new WhatsApp multi-device architecture removes these hurdles” by no longer requiring a smartphone to perform every operation, the company said.
The new capability will be expanded more broadly as it is refined, Facebook added.
It also made assurances that WhatsApp’s security measures will still work under the new system.
“Each companion device will connect to your WhatsApp independently while maintaining the same level of privacy and security through end-to-end encryption that people who use WhatsApp have come to expect.”