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WhatsApp will sync across multiple devices, more features coming soon

about 1 year ago by IanDorfman

The WABetaInfo website administrator recently chatted with the Head of WhatsApp Will Cathcart and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and discovered that multiple desired features are in the messenger's development pipeline. This includes improved privacy tools and support for multi-device syncing even without an active Internet connection.

The impromptu WhatsApp interview reviewed multiple details surrounding the end-to-end encrypting messenger's future. For one, it was confirmed that a disappearing messages mode is coming that will automatically set messages to delete in any new chat threads. A "view once" mode is also being implemented "soon," making it so once a person views your video or photo once, they can be set to disappear from your chat completely.

When asked if the development team is working on getting WhatsApp usable on different devices without an active Internet connection, Zuckerberg provided the following response: "It’s been a big technical challenge to get all your messages and content to sync properly across devices even when your phone battery dies, but we've solved this and we're looking forward to getting it out soon!"

Cathcart confirmed to WABetaInfo that this multidevice sync feature will be available via a public beta in two months. Because of this support, it's possible that a native iPad version of WhatsApp will be developed and released. Additionally, the multidevice feature will allow four separate devices logged into the same WhatsApp account to sync with one another.

Further coverage: WABetaInfo

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