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Multi Gadget Usability, Finally On Whatsapp: What You Can And Can’t Do

WhatsApp has been lagging in one thing that this digital era requires - multi gadget support. Most people deal with multiple gadgets as they juggle work, friends and entertainment, but WhatsApp has been quite slow to move on this feature. It is no wonder then that WhatsApp multi gadget support may well be one of the most requested features ever. However, things have moved a little bit forward now. But it has taken this popular encrypted messaging service years to make this announcement. WhatsApp head Will Cathcart and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have recently confirmed that the service would soon allow users to text from multiple gadgets. While the good news is still awaited, reports have filtered in about what users will not be able to do after multi-gadget support is rolled out. Yes, we are talking about limitations that WhatsApp may impose on users who use this feature, in the beginning at least. multiple gadget feature on whatsapp finally: some limitations in the new update checkout for more info.


WhatsApp Multi-gadget Limitations

While not much is known about how the multi-gadget functionality will work across several gadgets, popular WhatsApp feature leaker WABetaInfo has now revealed additional details about the upcoming feature. According to the report, users will be able to link up to four gadgets to their WhatsApp account, but that these gadgets will be limited to WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop, and Facebook’s Portal. This has been confirmed in a screenshot shared by the tipster that invites users to join the multi-gadget testing, which will first be available for beta users on the app. There is currently no word on the 'Log out' feature for linked gadgets, or whether it will arrive during a later update.

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What WhatsApp Users Will Not Be Able To Do

WhatsApp notes that users who are testing the multi-gadget feature will not be able to message users who are running an older or outdated WhatsApp version on their phone.


What WhatsApp Users Will Be Able To Do

The users who do get enrolled in the WhatsApp multi-gadget beta will be able to link one phone and up to four additional gadgets -- on WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop, and Facebook’s Portal. Once linked, WhatsApp will work on these gadgets even if your mail gadget runs out of battery or does not have internet access. Interestingly, WhatsApp’s multi-gadget beta onboarding screenshot also contains a disclaimer that states “performance and quality may be affected”. While it is unlikely that any major bugs will make their way to a public beta release of WhatsApp, this is probably a standard disclaimer for the company, while the features are tested by a wider audience.

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