Some changes are for the better and some are not so clear cut. This is what happens with the new multi-device mode of WhatsApp, which arrived in beta last year and which allows, among other things, use WhatsApp on a PC without having the mobile connected.
The new multi-device mode has obvious advantages, but also disadvantages: only four devices are supported at a time and downloading messages is slow and does not include all history. If you prefer the old mode, you can always switch back to it under certain circumstances.
The new mode has its drawbacks
One of the most anticipated novelties of WhatsApp in recent times is the new multi-device mode, which allows us to use WhatsApp Web or its versions for Windows or Mac regardless of mobile
However, it also has its drawbacks. The new multi-device mode is limited to a maximum of four devices, so if you need more, you’ll have to close the sessions before opening a new one. Also, if you have a huge WhatsApp history, you’ll need to be patient as they take a long time to download in the new mode and you don’t have access to old messages.
In this spirit, there is who prefers to stay as before, with the old way WhatsApp Web worked. It had the disadvantage of working in sync with the mobile, which had to stay on and connected to the Internet, but it could be used on many devices and was a bit more nimble when reviewing old messages. The good news is that you can, for now.
Rollback is possible, but not in beta
If you want to go back to the WhatsApp web of yesteryear, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that it is possible, and the bad news is that it probably won’t be for very long. The new multi-device mode is here to stay, and the proof is that you can’t turn it off if you’re using whatsapp beta
Now, if you are using the stable version of WhatsApp, it is always possible to return to the previous mode. To do this, you need to open WhatsApp, open the Linked devices menu and press Beta version for multiple devices. At the bottom, on the information screen, the button appears. Exit beta.
Once done, the sessions of the new multi-device mode will be closed and you will go back to the old, synchronized by mobile and which you can keep open on more than four devices at the same time. If at any time you change your mind, you can always re-register at the same place.
If you are using WhatsApp Beta, this option does not appear. Instead, you’ll need to make sure you have a recent backup of your WhatsApp and roll back to the stable version of WhatsApp. To do this, you need to uninstall WhatsApp, exit the WhatsApp beta program on Google Play, and reinstall WhatsApp.