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WhatsApp gets advanced search mode, linked devices feature in latest Android beta update

WhatsApp has received two new features including the Linked devices and advanced mode feature in the latest 2.20.196.8. Android beta update

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | July 23, 2020 | Updated 14:16 IST
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WhatsApp has received two new features including the Linked devices and advanced mode feature.

Highlights

  • WhatsApp is rumored to be working on the multi-device support.
  • WhatsApp is also designing a UI to manage all Linked devices.
  • The multi-device support is a feature that lets users log in from four different devices using a single account.

Since time immemorial, there have been reports claiming that WhatsApp is working on enabling multi-device support. Although many beta updates have shown the traces of the most-anticipated feature, WhatsApp hasn't made any official announcement about the same. However, in the latest 2.20.196.8. Android beta update, WhatsApp has received two new features including the Linked devices and advanced mode feature.

As per a WAbetainfo report, WhatsApp is rumored to be working on the multi-device support but the latest update shows that the Facebook-owned messaging app is also designing a UI to manage all Linked devices. This means that in the days to come, users will not only get the multi-device support but also get a separate option to manage all the devices that are linked

The screenshots shared by the WhatsApp features tracker shows that the linked devices option will be available in the settings menu. When you tap on "Linked Devices" if you will get to see the devices that are linked to your account and for how long. The user will get an option to log the device out and also link a new device if need be.

For the unversed, multi-device support is a feature that lets users log in from four different devices using a single account. This means that you can use WhatsApp from your iPad, MacBook, and Apple iPhone at the same time without having to create separate accounts for all the devices. This feature is under-development and there has been not been any official word by the company about the same.

"WhatsApp is testing this possibility with 4 devices and the feature is still under development. In the meantime, WhatsApp is working to create a UI to manage all Linked devices, " the report by Wabetainfo read.

Apart from the linked devices feature, the advanced search mode was also spotted in the latest beta update. As reported earlier, the advanced search mode lets users search for specific items like video, pictures, files, links, audios and even Gifs. The feature is also under development and once the testing phase is over WhatsApp might make it official.

The feature can only be seen by the beta testers in the latest Android 2.20.196.8 beta version but if you are unable to spot the update on Play Store, you will have to refresh it to see the latest update. The non-beta users will have to wait a little longer because they will only get the features when it is officially rolled out by WhatsApp.

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