WhatsApp for iPad finally appears to be nearing a release. In the latest version of WhatsApp Beta for TestFlight, Meta has introduced an option to use WhatsApp on an iPad independently of an iPhone, thanks to an update to its Link a Device feature.
WhatsApp currently allows users of the encrypted messaging platform to link up to four devices to their account even when their main smartphone is not connected to the internet. Each linked device connects to WhatsApp independently, ensuring that personal messages, media, and calls are end-to-end encrypted. The feature also supports Macs, but not iPads – until now.
As spotted by code researcher WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has started testing a facility to use iPads as a linked device in the latest beta. The new companion mode also means that any messages sent or received on iPad are synced to the account’s primary phone, regardless of whether it is an iPhone or an Android device.
In order to test the companion mode, WhatsApp previously released a native iPad app built with Mac Catalyst so that users could start testing the feature and the app. A beta version compatible with iPad can now be installed via the TestFlight app for all beta testers who already use the beta app on their smartphone.
Screenshot from WhatsApp for iPad (Image credit: WaBetaInfo)
WhatsApp parent company Meta has made Facebook available on iPad, but WhatsApp and Meta’s Instagram app have never had native iPad availability, despite many users asking for the feature. It’s not clear exactly when WhatsApp iPad will be available to the general public, but its inclusion in the beta is a good indicator that it will arrive soon.
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