50 Crore Whatsapp Users In India Can React To Messages? Multi-Device Rollout Likely

The previous version had bugs and issues with syncing up all the chats across devices.

Whatsapp has started beta testing its ‘Message Reactions’ feature.

It consists of  6 emoji reactions namely – Like, Love, Laugh, Surprised, Sad, and Thanks.

How It Works

Users can press hold a message and select an emoji as a reaction.

It gets rid of the need to manually type out a reply, instead simply clicking an emoji to express reaction.

All users will be able to see Message Reactions even if a user still can’t send them.

However, it is unclear whether the feature will be offered for both group and individual chats or only either one.

Multi Device Feature Roll Out

The company has also announced the much awaited multi-device update for WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop.

This time, the update is a stable version of the feature.

The previous version had bugs and issues with syncing up all the chats across devices.

Feature Uses

The latest update takes care of that and users can now easily use WhatsApp on different devices without linking it to their primary device.

It will allow users to access WhatsApp on four other devices, such as their laptops or desktops via WhatsApp Web, excluding their primary phone, without worrying about internet connectivity on the main phone.

Simply put, users don’t have to rely on their primary phone to continue using WhatsApp Web.

When Will It Be Available?

However, the linked devices will be disconnected if the user does not use their phone for over 14 days.

Although one will initially have to use their primary device to access it on any device, the process will not have to be repeated thereafter.

All the changes and improvements will make their way to iOS within the end of this month and Android in April.

Limitations

Users will not be able to message or call from web, desktop or portal to users who use an outdated version of Whatsapp on their phone.

Only one smartphone can be connected to a Whatsapp account at a time, meaning that a smartphone cannot be among the other 4 devices,

Tablets do not support this feature so the primary account cannot be on a tablet 

How To Connect Whatsapp To Multiple Devices

To use the feature, you need to go to www.web.whatsapp.com from their web browser. You will see a QR code on the screen.

Then, you need to open WhatsApp on your phone and click the three-dot menu on the top right corner of the screen.

Click Linked Devices, then click “Link a Device.”

Now, scan the QR code on your screen.

Once the Whatsapp account registers the new device, it will automatically sync the chat history and start operating independently.

To unlink a device, follow the same steps and simply long press the linked device and click on delete.

Once the phone is linked to another device, the device “sends an end-to-end encrypted copy of your most recent message history to your newly linked device.”

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