WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will allow people to send messages without using their mobile phones for the first time.
Currently, WhatsApp has been linked to the user’s mobile phone. Its desktop and web applications need to connect to the device and receive messages.
But the new feature will let users send and receive messages “even if your phone battery is dead”.
Up to four other devices – like PCs and tablets – can be used together, WhatsApp said.
To begin with, the new feature will be rolled out as a beta test for a “small group of users”, and the team plans to improve performance and add features before enabling it for everyone.
It stated that end-to-end encryption-a key selling point of WhatsApp-will still work under this new system.
Several other messaging apps already have this feature, including the rival’s encrypted app Signal, which requires a mobile phone to register but does not need to exchange messages.