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WhatsApp tests channel access to linked devices on iOS and Android

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WhatsApp has introduced a significant feature for its beta version on iOS and Android platforms that allows users to manage channels directly from their linked mobile devices.

As reported by WABetaInfo, the latest addition, currently accessible to specific beta testers, empowers users to generate, view and track channels directly from their linked devices. In the past, this capability was restricted to primary devices, resulting in a disjointed user experience for those with multiple devices.

With this update, users can easily access and engage with their preferred channels on any linked device.

Earlier versions of WhatsApp beta for Android, such as version 2.24.8.4, hinted at the platform’s focus on privacy by introducing a locked chats feature for linked devices. This enhancement extended privacy protection to locked chats across all linked devices, ensuring enhanced user security.

Source: WABetaInfo

Individuals keen on exploring this functionality can upgrade to the newest editions of WhatsApp beta for Android through the Google Play Store and WhatsApp beta for iOS via the TestFlight app.

The progressive deployment of this feature is anticipated to expand to a wider user base in the forthcoming days, offering a consistent channel experience for WhatsApp users worldwide. As of now, there is no word about the actual release date.

Meta has been consistently working on upgrading WhatsApp’s functionalities recently. Earlier this month, it was reported that WhatsApp is working on temporarily limiting an account’s ability to send messages. In April, WhatsApp rolled out passkey verification for iOS users.

Furthermore, in March, Meta announced the interoperability between WhatsApp and Messenger, allowing designated third-party messaging services to connect to its platform.

In December 2023, WhatsApp’s version 23.24.73 allowed iOS users to send original-quality media as document files.

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Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: kumarhemant@pm.me

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