WhatsApp’s planned Multiple Devices feature will reportedly be able to simultaneously connect up to four devices to one account, without needing to connect to the user’s primary phone.
It’s not like the way we all use to connect with WhatsApp Web. In this new way that users won’t need an Internet connection on their main phone to connect to WhatsApp Web on the desktop, as currently required.
This means that even if the main phone – whose mobile number the WhatsApp account is tied to – is turned off, the other devices would still be able to send and receive messages.
That means if the user’s phone is not connected to the internet he would still be able to send and receive messages.
WABetaInfo explained that some features within the Multiple Devices option were still not ready, though key features currently available are synchronizing chat history, muting chats, plus starring or delivering messages.
However users should take note that if they decide to sign up their WhatsApp account for the Multiple Devices feature in beta mode, any previous chat session will be immediately closed. According to WABetaInfo, this is because the old mirroring technology used is incompatible with the new one, which means users will have to create new sessions.
Similarly, once users opt-out of the new feature, their current chat sessions would also be immediately terminated for the same reason.