WhatsApp beta for Android what’s new?

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WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to
What’s new in this update? Discover the details below!


Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Multi-device
Status? Automatically enabled for specific beta testers
Compatibility? WhatsApp beta for Android is marked as compatible update, but some users may receive the same feature on previous beta 2.21.23 beta builds as well.
I’ve installed this update but I can still opt out of the feature. Why? This change is available for specific beta testers only.
Thanks: Ajith for testing and reporting.
Bugs: Some people might experience issues
More about this update: The footer is back in WhatsApp Settings, and it’s now “from Meta”
Previous news? WhatsApp Desktop beta 2.2144.2: what’s new?

3 months ago, WhatsApp was rolling out a new feature that allows using WhatsApp on linked devices without an active Internet connection on your main phone: multi-device!
In the first months, beta testers could join the Multi-device beta to use WhatsApp on up to 4 linked devices and 1 phone at the same time. After some time, users that use stable versions of WhatsApp could try multi-device as well.
In the WhatsApp beta for Android update, some references suggested that WhatsApp was planning to force users to update to multi-device in a future update, and the update is here.

Probably some people already discovered the news, but it’s finally rolling out for more beta testers after installing the update. But… what’s really changing? The option to opt out of the multi-device beta program has been removed. As you can see in this screenshot, the row “Multi-device beta” is disappeared: this means that those users cannot leave the multi-device beta program anymore.
If you didn’t join the multi-device beta, and the changes are applied to your WhatsApp account too, this update logged out all your linked devices, so you can relink them again using multi-device, which has been automatically enabled for your WhatsApp account.

This is not so surprising, because WhatsApp has recently released the ability to pin chats on WhatsApp Desktop Beta (multi-device version), suggesting that things are going to become more stable from now on. The feature is also rolling out for some people on WhatsApp beta for iOS, but there will be a specific announcement when there is a major roll-out.
Note that this is still the first version of multi-device and it’s not about multi-device 2.0, that allows using, for example, iPad as a linked device in a future update: this feature is still under development and there is no release date.
Remember to report anything broken about multi-device to WhatsApp Support to help improve Multi-Device.

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