WhatsApp has been working on a few new features for its mobile app. WhatsApp for Android is now one step closer to giving its users some highly anticipated features like Linked Accounts and Advanced Search. These features have been under development for quite some time now and have only recently come to the instant messaging app in the latest beta version.
New features coming to WhatsApp
As reported by WABetaInfo, the latest beta version for Android introduces a new feature in the app which can be used to manage all the devices that are linked to a user’s WhatsApp account. The report says that the Linked Devices tab has replaced the WhatsApp Web tab. This suggests that users will now be able to link their accounts to more devices apart from the WhatsApp Web app. A WhatsApp account can be linked with as many as four devices. As an example, the feature can be very helpful for users who own two phones and want to use the same account on both of the devices.
The Linked Devices tab in the app will show all the devices that are linked to that account. From this tab, users will be able to add and remove devices, and the interface will allow them to determine which devices can stay logged in to their account and which can be logged out. The new Linked Devices feature will not allow allows users to attach a new device to their account, but it will also sync all the data between the linked accounts to make it user-friendly.
Apart from Linked Devices, WABetaInfo has mentioned that Android beta update 18.104.22.168 for the instant messaging app has added some brand-new updates to the Advanced Search feature. Users will now be able to search through chats by filtering through media content like photos, videos, audio files, and GIFs. There is still a lack of information from beta testers regarding this feature since it is still under development and in the testing phase.
As of right now, these features can only be accessed by beta testers in Android 22.214.171.124 beta version. Non-beta users will have to wait until WhatsApp officially released these features in a future public update.