We have been years, many years, waiting for Facebook to launch WhatsApp for iPad. Has passed more than a year since the app, like its sister for Mac, began its development and it seems that we still have to wait more, although now, at least, we know why.
Multi-device support and iPad app
Those most familiar with the system will know that WhatsApp, unlike practically all alternatives, including others from Facebook itself, not cloud-based. This means that the whole process does not occur on servers but on the iPhone itself, for this reason, for example, WhatsApp Web cannot be used on the computer if the iPhone is without coverage.
Facebook is aware of this enormous lack and is apparently beginning to work on it as published by WABetaInfo
WhatsApp is working on the possibility of using the same account on different devices. In fact, they are testing the feature to be able to work with 4 devices at the same time.
When the user wants to use WhatsApp on a second device, it will be necessary to copy the chat history. In this case, WhatsApp always requires a Wi-Fi connection, since a large amount of data can be processed.
When WhatsApp has copied the chat history to the second device, it will finally be possible to use the account from it. Keep in mind that any message will be sent to all the devices of your “family”, so your chat history will always be in sync between devices.
WhatsApp has also developed an application for the iPad, which will be launched after the activation of the function, so that we can use WhatsApp on the iPhone and on the iPad at the same time.
With this explanation, a couple of questions remain. The first is whether this sync between Android and iOS devices can be used, a question that will surely interest many users who are halfway between the two platforms. Regarding this, even without having all the information available, it should be remembered that Android and iOS have two different database structures, which is an impediment to synchronization. However, according to WABetaInfo Facebook would be working on converting the iOS format to make it the same as Android.
The other big question is when will we have these news ready to go. For now, we do not completely know what Facebook’s plans are when it comes to delivering these functions. It is expected that the support for multi-accounts as well as the app for iPad, understanding that it is finished, can arrive simultaneously. Meanwhile, the synchronization between different platforms may be delayed to a next release.
It is clear that Facebook is realizing that it cannot continue to ignore the rest of the competitors who have offered these kinds of services for years and years. In the end, having a large active user base is important, but as users we also realize the shortcomings and we know how to look for alternatives. Without a doubt on Facebook they are getting to work, finally.
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