WhatsApp users may have been shocked to hear the news that without access to the new terms and conditions, they may not have access to the world’s most popular chat app. WhatsApp wants billions of fans to agree to new rules for the use of its service, including how data is processed and how companies can use services hosted by Facebook.
Probably the biggest change concerns the way WhatsApp handles data at the parent company Facebook.
WhatsApp used to give users the option to “not share your WhatsApp account information with Facebook” but this seems to have been fixed with the latest update.
“For the avoidance of doubt, it is still the case that WhatsApp does not share WhatsApp user data for the European region with Facebook for Facebook to use this data to improve its products or advertising.”
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Currently this is only possible via WhatsApp Web. However, this service requires the primary smartphone used for the account to be turned on and connected to the internet. The new update would end all of that with the thought that up to four devices could have unique access to chats at the same time.
The always reliable team at WABetainfo has now discovered the “Linked Devices” function in a beta version of the Android app. Screenshots even show how it will work. This way of using WhatsApp for additional devices is very much welcomed by people who have more than one smartphone or who want to switch between their PC and tablet to chat with friends and family.
There’s no word on the release date of any of these upgrades, but the fact that they’re being tested means it probably won’t take too long to wait.