“The WhatsApp multiple-device feature is still in development and can’t be manually enabled just yet”
WhatsApp is reportedly working on bringing the ability to use the same account on multiple phones, a feature that has been requested by many. It was first spotted back in November 2019 when a registration notification asked for a new security code from the secondary phone. Now, in the latest WhatsApp beta v2.20.110 APK, noted tracker WABetaInfo has discovered more evidence of this WhatsApp multi-device support feature. The tracker was able to trigger different event messages when the encryption security code changes. However, it isn’t clear if the primary device needs to be connected to a network for the other to work (like WhatsApp web) or if the second device can work independently. Since the feature is still in development, it can’t be manually enabled just yet.
Testing 👀— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 24, 2020
When someone adds a new device in his WhatsApp account, you will be notified because encryption keys change.
Available in future for iOS and Android! pic.twitter.com/WqrM6cRHWW
Using the same WhatsApp account on multiple devices would be useful for people with two phones. Instead of creating separate WhatsApp accounts for each devices, you will be able to use a singe account and seamlessly message between devices.
Additionally, WhatsApp is known to be working on a disappearing messages feature for a while. The name of the option was recently changed to Delete messages and now in Android v2.20.110 APK, it is called Expiring messages. It was initially touted to be available for groups only, now, it looks like WhatsApp will add it for individual chats too as well and there’s also an indicator for those chats who have expiring messages enabled.
Separately, WhatsApp recently restricted video status uploads to just 15 seconds in India to ease network congestion during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown. The move comes after Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and Hotstar all reduced bitrate and streaming quality on their respective platforms.