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WhatsApp may first bring multi-device support to web, desktop versions: report

WhatsApp is set to introduce multi-device support soon, one of its most anticipated features that will allow the instant messaging app to be used on multiple devices simultaneously without a single device having need to be connected to the web. However, the feature may initially only come to WhatsApp web, desktop, and Facebook portal devices, before heading to Android and iOS devices.

According to a new report from WABetaInfo, a preview of the cross-device feature is supported on WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop, and Portal devices. A screenshot also suggests that users linking their accounts to the Web, Desktop and Portal versions will no longer need to be logged in through their primary phones to be able to use the feature on other devices.

The report also mentions that the feature will be able to link up to four additional devices apart from the main smartphone, thus enabling the single account on a total of five devices.

A leaked screenshot of the feature in the report also suggests that multiple device support would initially affect the app’s “performance and quality” as well. However, this could be fixed quickly, perhaps even before the feature arrives on Android and iOS.

Mark Zuckerberg and Will Cathcart were revealed earlier this month via WABetaInfo that multi-device functionality is indeed coming to the platform. Although the feature is widely speculated to go live within the next couple of months, we suggest you take this information with a pinch of salt as the feature has also been in the rumor mill for over a year now and no date. or concrete timetable has been officially disclosed.