WhatsApp Messenger beta for iOS 2.21.150.11: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the TestFlight beta Program (currently closed), bringing the version up to 2.21.150.11.
What’s new in this update? Discover everything below!

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Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Multi-device
Status? Rolling out
Compatibility? This version is marked as compatible.
I’ve the same version but I don’t see this feature, why? The feature has been rolled our for more iOS beta testers on this version, but some other users might not be eligible yet.
Previous news? WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.15.11: what’s new?
WhatsApp Messenger (2.21.190.13)LAST SLOT AVAILABILITY
109 days, 8 hours, 14 minutes and 35 seconds ago
BETA PROGRAM CLOSED

The beta program is currently closed.
Check out TestFlight or Twitter daily to discover new availabilities.

MULTI-DEVICE

WhatsApp is finally releasing the multi-device beta program for more iOS beta users today! Thanks to multi-device, you can use WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop and Portal without an Internet connection on your main phone.
WhatsApp is still partially rolling out the feature for specific users, so it’s possible your WhatsApp account is not eligible yet. You can verify if multi-device is enabled for your WhatsApp account opening WhatsApp Settings > Linked Devices (previously called “WhatsApp Web/Desktop”): if you see a new row called multi-device, it means you can finally join the beta program!

Seen that this is a beta version, some features might not properly work at first, like:

  • Pinned chats: they aren’t immediately synced, so you need to manually search for them the first time in order to show them up.
  • Live locations: they might not be visible on linked devices.
  • If you join the beta program on WhatsApp Business, your business name and labels cannot be modified from WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop.
  • You cannot chat and call people having an old WhatsApp version on their phone, from WhatsApp Web/Desktop. Just tell them to update WhatsApp from the Google Play Store or App Store.

Note that your chats and calls are still end-to-end encrypted: your chats aren’t stored on WhatsApp servers after being delivered, but when you send a message, it’s sent to all your linked devices.
If you still don’t see the feature, don’t worry: WhatsApp is slowly rolling out the feature for more beta testers every day, so it will be your turn very soon. Note that this first version of multi-device allows to link up to 4 devices, and no additional mobile phones are allowed right now.
If you’re interested to know how multi-device and encryption work, this is the main article that includes a lot of important details.
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