- To begin with, the new feature will be rolled out as a beta test for a “small group of users”…
WhatsApp has said it is testing a new feature that will let people send texts without using their phone for the first time.
WhatsApp is currently linked to a user’s phone. Its desktop and web apps need that device to be connected and receiving messages simultaneously.
But the new feature will let users send and receive messages “even if your phone battery is dead”.
The Facebook-owned instant messaging app has said that up to four other devices – like PCs and tablets – can be used together.
To begin with, the new feature will be rolled out as a beta test for a “small group of users”, and the team plans to improve performance and add features before enabling it for everyone.
End-to-end encryption – a key selling point for WhatsApp – will still work under this new system, it said.
Several other messaging apps already have such a feature, including rival encrypted app Signal, which requires a phone for sign-up, but not to exchange messages.
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