WhatsApp’s New Feature To Let Users Text Without their Phones


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Whatsapp’s new feature is under examination that would unprecedently allow people to send or receive messages/texts without having their phone. 

Currently, Whatsapp is linked to the user’s phone, which is crucial for the desktop and web apps in order to connect and receive messages. But Whatsapp’s new feature will allow people to use Whatsapp without a phone “even if your phone battery is dead.”

It is expected that up to four other devices like PCs and tablets can be used simultaneously, Whatsapp said. 

Initially, Whatsapp’s new update will be rolled out as a beta test for a “small group of users”, so WhatsApp can accordingly improve performance and add features before accessing it to everyone. 

End-to-end encryption – a key selling point for WhatsApp – will still work under this new system, it said.

A feature similar to Whatsapp’s new update is already working on several other messaging apps, including rival encrypted app Signal, where the users have required a phone to sign-up but not to exchange messages. 

Whatsapp users are requesting this feature for a long time and according to the report, there are over two billion. 

A Reconsideration

Announcing the move, Facebook engineers said in a blog post that the change would require a “rethink” of the WhatsApp software design.

The reason is the current version “uses a smartphone app as the primary device, making the phone the source of truth for all user data and the only device capable of end-to-end encrypting messages for another user [or] initiating calls”, the company said.

WhatsApp Web and other non-smartphone apps are basically a “mirror” of what happens on the phone.

But there are significant flaws in this system that many regular users are aware of, as the web app is often known to frequently disconnect.

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James Robert is a journalist who covers all the social media and tech-related news for SG-educate, the world's largest multimedia news agency. He reports on tech from all over the world, focusing mostly on social media platforms. He has worked as a digital editor and online coverage of global breaking news on tech and big stories, reaching millions of readers across multiple platforms.

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