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WhatsApp Multi-Device Support Spotted in Development Again, Delete Messages Feature May Get a New Name

WhatsApp v2.20.110 beta for Android shows development for the anticipated multi-platform feature.

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WhatsApp Multi-Device Support Spotted in Development Again, Delete Messages Feature May Get a New Name

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WhatsApp’s upcoming 2.20.110 version has reached the beta stage

Highlights
  • WhatsApp is yet to say when it will launch the multi-platform support
  • This is a much-anticipated feature among WhatsApp users
  • Expiring messages will show an indicator on the user’s profile picture

WhatsApp reportedly has been working on multi-device support for a while now. The feature was spotted in the beta version of WhatsApp for iPhone in November last year, and traces of it being in development go back to as far as July 2019. The ability to allow the same WhatsApp account to run on many devices has again cropped up in the latest beta of WhatsApp for Android, released a day ago. WhatsApp's multi-platform system is one of its most awaited features as it will enable users to use their account on more than one device at a time, a restriction that is currently set for all WhatsApp users across the globe. The latest beta also renames the rumoured Delete Messages feature.

The multi-platform feature was spotted in WhatsApp v2.20.110 beta for Android by WABetaInfo. It is still under development and hasn't been enabled, which means that you may not see it even if you are on the latest beta.

WABetaInfo has found evidence that WhatsApp will notify users in the chat if their contact has added a new device. Since WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, when a user will add a new device to WhatsApp, the app will have to change the encryption keys.

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WhatsApp has renamed its Disappearing Messages to Expiring Messages
Photo Credit: WABetaInfo

Apart from this, the latest beta also gives us more information on the upcoming feature that will enable users to automatically delete messages for both parties. This feature was earlier reported to be called Disappearing Messages or Delete Messages, but it is now being called Expiring Messages. This feature will only be accessible for administrators in group chats, while individual chats will allow both parties to use this feature. When Expiring Messages is enabled in a specific chat, WhatsApp will show an indicator on the profile picture in the chats list. The same indicator will be available in the chat as well.

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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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