Popular messaging platform WhatsApp is reportedly working on a multi-platform system that would allow users to use one account on multiple devices. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is also working on UWP (Universal Windows Platform) to allow a multi-platform system for its app.
Currently, if you activate WhatsApp with a phone number on one device, you cannot use it on any other device barring WhatsApp Web. The web version works by syncing with the mobile phone on an active internet connection. WABetaInfo reveals that the UWP supported app can work independently from the phone app. The feature will allow WhatsApp users to send and receive messages on the desktop even if the registered account on phone is not online. With UWP, the version may also come with support for voice and video calls which is not present on the Web version. The multi-device platform will work on existing platforms like Windows 10, Android and iOS. macOS compatibility is not known at the moment. It is also unclear whether the new platform will replace Whatsapp Web. The report also states that messages will be saved on the user’s device, but synced with the app. Moreover, WhatsApp is also working on improving its end-to-end encryption system for a multi-device system.
Other messaging platforms like Telegram, Facebook Messenger and Instagram have standalone apps on different platforms. Users can sign in on one device and continue accessing it on another device even if the primary device is unavailable. Imagine the app running on your smartphone and tablet at the same time?
These are just rumours and there is no timeline for the rollout of the update. Users may have to wait for months before the feature goes live.