WhatsApp multiple-device feature in 'final stages' before beta release

Ruben Fields
September 22, 2020

With Expiring Media, WhatsApp users would be able to send photos and videos on a temporary basis.

The feature, called Storage Usage, will reportedly have a storage bar showing how much storage is being taken up by "WhatsApp Media" and a section that allows users to easily delete large files from their device. That's according to reliable WhatsApp tipster, WABetaInfo, which claims that the feature is in its final stages of private beta testing and should roll out any time now as part of the app's public beta program on the Play Store.

It also reported that WhatsApp is releasing new features to help users manage their storage better.

Facebook-owned messenger WhatsApp has been testing a new expiring messages feature for the last couple of months.

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WhatsApp will soon let you log in with up to four devices under the same account, according to discovered resource files. The party piece has to be the ability to use WhatsApp on any of these devices irrespective of whether your primary phone is switched on or whether it has internet connectivity or not.

WhatsApp is working on various new tools for the Android version of its messaging app, including a new fingerprint security feature that will improve security for WhatsApp Web sessions. One of the screenshots shows that the feature would be available for access through a dedicated timer button. Here, you can link your WhatsApp account to a new device, and you'll also see the list of linked devices. While the feature is yet to make its way to the stable channel, WhatsApp has now started testing a similar expiring media option on Android.

There's also a "Multi-device Beta" option that you can toggle on/off to try out the feature. The new development appears to be an extension to the Expiring Messages feature that is in the works by the instant messaging app for some time. There's no presence of it on iOS yet but it should be available soon.

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