WhatsApp is always testing new features to improve the user experience. The ability to link devices without the smartphone being online is the most recent feature that WhatsApp users will soon get. In other words, both Android and iOS users will be able to use WhatsApp’s multi-device feature. Previously, users could connect their smartphones to their personal computers, but they had to always have their devices online. WhatsApp, on the other hand, will now allow users to link devices without requiring the primary smartphone to be online.
The ability to connect devices without using the primary smartphone is currently under beta testing. This is an opt-in feature labelled “Beta” under WhatsApp’s Linked Devices option in the Settings menu. If you select this option, you will be disconnected from all devices. You will be able to use it as previously after the new linking.
Things will be a little different this time since you will not need your smartphone to check in. You will not need to keep the phone close to your laptop or ensure that it is connected to the internet before using WhatsApp Web. If you do not log out, the associated devices will be able to receive and send messages for up to 14 days.
The feature would be extremely useful in situations where you could lose your smartphone but still need to stay connected to WhatsApp. This would also be useful if your smartphone’s battery died but you were close to a connected PC. However, you will not be able to delete messages or chat threads from a paired device in the iOS version of the app. You cannot also connect a secondary smartphone or tablet to the primary device. Only your primary smartphone may be linked to the laptop. This is only true for iOS users; Android users can link their devices to secondary smartphones.