Have you heard of WhatsApp Web Beta? If you still don’t know, this is the first step towards supporting WhatsApp for multi-device.
WhatsApp Web Beta: how it works and how to participate in the test
WhatsApp Web Beta has been available for a few days for all WhatsApp users participating in the beta program for the mobile version, regardless of whether they use the WhatsApp Messenger client or the WhatsApp Business client. A discriminant instead is constituted by the operating system: Android and iOS are supported but not Windows Phone (at least for now).
This first step of WhatsApp confirms the rumors that have been circulating for over a year now: the messaging application of the Facebook group intends to continue the project for the multi-device support. We are in a beta phase, so we can’t expect everything right away. For now, in fact, the program only supports Desktop computers, the web client (web.whatsapp.com) and Portal, it does not support other mobile phones (unless you use the web client on these instead of the application provided for mobile).
How to participate
To participate in the WhatsApp Web Beta program, on Android tap the three vertical dots in the top right, then “Connected devices“,” Multi-device beta version “and finally”Take part in the beta version“. On iOS instead you will have to go to the WhatsApp settings, then “Connected devices”, “Multi-device beta version” and finally “Join the beta version”.
I don’t like it, I want to go back
If you encounter any problems with WhatsApp Web Beta or this if you don’t like it, you can always go back. To exit the beta program, on Android touch the three vertical dots in the top right, then “Connected devices”, “Multi-device beta version” and finally “Leave beta version”. On iOS instead you will have to go to the WhatsApp settings, then “Connected devices”, “Multi-device beta version” and finally “Abandon beta version”.
The advantages of WhatsApp Web Beta consist mainly of the fact that up to 5 devices can be used at the same time (4 computers and the main phone) and above all the phone no longer needs to be connected to the Internet.
Like everything, there are pros and cons: the disadvantages of WhatsApp Web Beta consist mainly of slight latencies (a few tenths of a second, perceptible but not excessively annoying) and theinability to text and call users and contacts with mobile application versions of WhatsApp Messenger or WhatsApp Business obsolete.
Let’s now look at some of the most frequently asked questions together, before giving our evaluation. To answer we rely on the official WhatsApp FAQ.
Can I connect multiple phones at the same time?
No, unfortunately you can currently only connect one mobile device and up to 4 computers. However, to get around this, you can start a session on WhatsApp Web from your secondary mobile device.
Can I forget about WhatsApp for the phone and only use the web version?
No, you must log in to the mobile client (WhatsApp Messenger or WhatsApp Business) at least once every 14 days, otherwise all computers will be automatically disconnected for your safety.
Can I participate in the WhatsApp Web beta program if I have the stable version of WhatsApp on my phone?
No you can not. Among other things, you must have the latest beta installed on your mobile device. If you are using a beta on your phone, but this is not the latest available, you are still not eligible.
Can I participate in the WhatsApp Web beta program from around the world?
No, currently the beta program is active only in some countries, including Italy, but it will soon be extended to the whole globe.
Is there anything wrong with this beta?
Unfortunately yes, otherwise what beta would it be? Let us now try to summarize all the malfunctions:
- you cannot view the real-time position of a person (but not even on “classic” WhatsApp Web, you have always had to and will continue to have to use the phone)
- you cannot fix the chats at the top (but you can continue to do so on WhatsApp Messenger or WhatsApp Business on your phone or on “classic” WhatsApp Web)
- you can’t view and accept group invitations (but you can do it from your phone)
- you cannot send messages and you cannot call users and contacts who have a too obsolete version of WhatsApp installed on their device (they do not necessarily have to have the latest beta, but not even an update from a year ago)
- you cannot change the company name (only for WhatsApp Business users)
- you cannot edit message labels (for WhatsApp Business users only)
- you cannot view messages older than 3 months
This update is interesting because it confirms WhatsApp’s intention to support multi-device, however WhatsApp Web Beta could cause problems and be annoying for those who regularly use the mobile client or the classic WhatsApp Web for example due to the lack of fixed chats. up. This could be very handy if you don’t always have your phone at hand or connected to the Internet. However, we recommend that you try WhatsApp Web Beta and if you don’t like it, abandon the testing program and wait for the official release.