Reliable WhatsApp leaker WABetaInfo has posted a rumour that WhatsApp is working on a system which will finally free the WhatsApp messaging system from dependence on your phone.

At present, if you want to use WhatsApp on your PC, you have to connect the app or website to your phone, and if your phone is off (e.g. the battery is dead) you are unable to send any messages.

WABetaInfo reports WhatsApp is working on a multi-account system which will mean you can use your account on a phone and PC simultaneously or individually.  The feature will be available via a UWP app and this change in how your WhatsApp account works is also reportedly delaying the WhatsApp iPad app.

Facebook, who owns WhatsApp, has been working to integrate their messaging apps, including Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, using the same server back-end (which has resulted in multiple simultaneous outages) and the ability to share between these platforms. WABetaInfo does not have an ETA for the new multi-platform WhatsApp app, but it seems likely it will be part of this integration process, which is expected to complete this year.

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