We could be having the multi-device feature activated on Whatsapp very soon as the instant messaging app is reportedly testing a feature that will allow users to log out of an account on a linked device. This feature was spotted in WhatsApp beta update 188.8.131.52 and suggests that the company is getting closer to release multi-device support feature. The log out feature is said to work on both WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business. With this, users will no longer have to delete their account or uninstall WhatsApp to be able to log out of an account and possibly log in to another account.
According to the report by WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo, the beta update 184.108.40.206 for the messaging service brings a log out feature that lets users unlink a device from their WhatsApp account. Till now, the only option given by WhatsApp is to delete an account or alternatively uninstall the app from said device to unlink the device. However, uninstalling the app may lead to data loss if it is not backed up.
This log-out feature implementation suggests that WhatsApp is working towards releasing multi-device support as the ability to log out of a device would be important if logged in to multiple devices. The report points out that multi-device support is being implemented in two forms, one for WhatsApp Web and the other for different linked devices. The first will allow users to use WhatsApp Web without the main phone needing an internet connection which to me is a great plus as telegram has this going. The second will allows users to link their WhatsApp account with up to four different devices. This also does not require an active internet connection on the main phone. WABetaInfo also states that this limit of four devices might change in the future.
It is important to mention that for now, there is no release date for multi-device support in the stable version of WhatsApp.
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