comscore WhatsApp new features: Multi-device, self-destruct messages | BGR India
News

WhatsApp in 2020: Multi-device support, self-destructing messages, new dark mode bubble color and other new features

WhatsApp has emerged as one of the most widely used messaging service during this pandemic. While its usage goes up, the service continues to refine and add new features. Here is a look at some of the features coming soon.

  • Published: June 15, 2020 4:29 PM IST
WhatsApp on multiple devices phones, WhatsApp features

WhatsApp has become an indispensable source of communication during the lockdown. It has been the place where people connect with their friends, family and even colleagues. With its group video calling and voice call feature, WhatsApp is definitely on top of the pack when it comes to social messaging services. It is also the place where people share news with their friends. With over two billion monthly active users, WhatsApp has always pushed itself towards adding new features. Also Read - TikTok beats WhatsApp and Facebook in usage in rural India: Report

The goal for Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been simple: offer secure communication in different ways to its users. Recently, we saw WhatsApp increase the group video call limit. It also delivered dark mode to billions of its users across platforms. To limit spread of false news, WhatsApp also restricted frequently forwarded messages. If you are wondering what else can WhatsApp add to the platform then the answer is a lot. Here is a look at some of the new features coming to the service. Also Read - WhatsApp denies leaking mobile number of users in plaintext

Multi-device support

One of the big new features coming to WhatsApp soon is the multi-device support. As the name is self explanatory, the feature will allow you to login to multiple devices with the same account at once. Currently, WhatsApp let’s users login to only one device at a time. As soon as you login on another device, it logs you out from the second client. Going forward, WhatsApp might let you have a single account logged in to multiple devices. This would be a game changer in terms of user experience. WABetaInfo has reported that the feature has been in testing for some time. Also Read - PSA: WhatsApp scam is asking users for their verification codes and it's fake

WhatsApp QR code

WhatsApp is also looking to allow users to add contacts by scanning a QR code. This is expected to work similar to Snapchat, where users scan Snap codes to connect. This would be a departure from the existing method, which relies on you knowing the contact number of the other person to connect on the messaging platform. It is already available in the beta version of Android and iOS. The wider roll out is expected to begin soon.

Self-destructing messages

In some ways, this can be described as one of the most requested features on WhatsApp. The idea is similar to Snapchat, where messages disappear once the user has seen them. However, in the case of WhatsApp, you will have the option to set a time limit for this activity. This feature has been in the works for quite some time. It has even been renamed to Delete Messages and is expected to roll out as part of stable release soon.

Last seen for select friends

While new features always excite users, WhatsApp also seems to be working on tweaking existing ones. For example, it plans to add an additional option to “Last Seen” activity data. As an update, WhatsApp plans to let users share their last seen status with select friends. The transition will happen from the current setting where you can choose to share last seen with contacts, everyone or no one. But the new planned toggle will add another dimension to this data sharing.

In-app browser and Search by date

WhatsApp is also planning to add an in-app browser to the application. This means, when you get a link, you can see it right inside WhatsApp and not leave the messaging app. This could be done in conjunction with Chrome on Android and Safari on iOS. This will minimize the amount of time it takes to load an article or any content shared via a browser link. WhatsApp is also testing a feature where users will be able to search by date. WABetaInfo reports that the feature is under development and should be available soon. The feature is still an alpha stage development and might take longer to become available on devices. It may not be limited to one platform and we see it being available on both Android and iOS.

Storage and Dark Mode bubble color

Another tool being tested by WhatsApp is related to storage. The idea, according to WABetaInfo, is to give users more storage options as part of a redesign. This is the section that allows users to manage their messages and chat in detail. Also in the offing is a new bubble color for the dark mode. The messaging platform is planning to change the color for the outgoing bubble when the dark mode is enabled. It is not clear why WhatsApp is even experimenting with this new color option.

ShareChat video, search image

ShareChat is a popular social platform for sharing content including photos and videos. WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is planning to add a dedicated player for the service on its platform. This means, whenever the feature becomes official, you will see a preview for the ShareChat video similar to YouTube videos. It is planning to add a feature where users will be able to search images on the web. It is already enabled with iOS beta and should be rolled out to all users soon.

WhatsApp clear option

Another feature in the works is an option to clear all but starred messages. WhatsApp already let’s users delete all messages but the starred ones. It seems that the same idea is being extended to storage as well. You will be able to clear all but starred messages. This could mean that a lot of WhatsApp users do use starred messages.

For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel. Also follow us on  Facebook Messenger for latest updates.
  • Published Date: June 15, 2020 4:29 PM IST



new arrivals in india

Tecno Pova 2
Tecno Pova 2

10,999

Infinix Smart 5A
Infinix Smart 5A

6,499

Micromax In 2b
Micromax In 2b

8,999

Vivo Y72 5G
Vivo Y72 5G

20,990

Tecno Camon 17
Tecno Camon 17

12,999

Tecno Camon 17 Pro
Tecno Camon 17 Pro

16,999

Realme C11 2021
Realme C11 2021

6,999

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G

39,990

Oppo Reno6 5G
Oppo Reno6 5G

29,990

Samsung Galaxy M21 2021
Samsung Galaxy M21 2021

12,499

OnePlus Nord 2
OnePlus Nord 2

27,999

Poco F3 GT
Poco F3 GT

27,999

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G

19,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F22
Samsung Galaxy F22

12,499

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite

21,999

Infinix Note 10 Pro
Infinix Note 10 Pro

16,999

Infinix Note 10
Infinix Note 10

10,999

Vivo Y73
Vivo Y73

20,990

OnePlus Nord CE 5G
OnePlus Nord CE 5G

22,999

iQOO Z3
iQOO Z3

19,990

Realme C25s
Realme C25s

9,999

Poco M3 Pro 5G
Poco M3 Pro 5G

13,999

Realme X7 Max 5G
Realme X7 Max 5G

26,999

Oppo F19
Oppo F19

18,990

Motorola Moto G40 Fusion
Motorola Moto G40 Fusion

13,999

POCO M2 Reloaded
POCO M2 Reloaded

9,499

OPPO A74 5G
OPPO A74 5G

17,990

Oppo A53s 5G
Oppo A53s 5G

14,990

Vivo V21 5G
Vivo V21 5G

29,990

Realme C25
Realme C25

9,499

Realme C21
Realme C21

7,999

Realme C20
Realme C20

6,799

Motorola Moto G60
Motorola Moto G60

17,999

iQOO 7
iQOO 7

31,990

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

21,999

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

69,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G
Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G

39,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X
Xiaomi Mi 11X

29,999

Realme 8 5G
Realme 8 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F02s
Samsung Galaxy F02s

8,999

Samsung Galaxy F12
Samsung Galaxy F12

10,999

POCO X3 Pro
POCO X3 Pro

18,999

Realme 8 Pro
Realme 8 Pro

17,999

Realme 8
Realme 8

14,999

Vivo X60 Pro Plus
Vivo X60 Pro Plus

69,990

Vivo X60 Pro
Vivo X60 Pro

49,990

Vivo X60
Vivo X60

37,990

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

64,999

OnePlus 9R 5G
OnePlus 9R 5G

39,999

OnePlus 9 5G
OnePlus 9 5G

49,999

Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72

34,999

Samsung Galaxy A52
Samsung Galaxy A52

26,499

Micromax In 1
Micromax In 1

10,499

Asus ROG Phone 5
Asus ROG Phone 5

49,999

Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Galaxy M12

10,999

Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30

10,999

Motorola Moto G10 Power
Motorola Moto G10 Power

9,999

Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G
Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G

25,990

Oppo F19 Pro
Oppo F19 Pro

21,490

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

18,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

15,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

11,999

Realme Narzo 30A
Realme Narzo 30A

8,999

Realme Narzo 30 Pro
Realme Narzo 30 Pro

16,999

Infinix Smart 5
Infinix Smart 5

7,199

Samsung Galaxy F62
Samsung Galaxy F62

23,999

Samsung Galaxy A12
Samsung Galaxy A12

12,999

Nokia 5.4
Nokia 5.4

13,999

Nokia 3.4
Nokia 3.4

11,999

Realme X7 Pro 5G
Realme X7 Pro 5G

29,999

Realme X7
Realme X7

19,999

Vivo Y31
Vivo Y31

16,490

Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

35,990

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

1,05,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G

81,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

69,999

Vivo Y12s
Vivo Y12s

9,990

Vivo Y51A
Vivo Y51A

17,990

Samsung Galaxy M02s
Samsung Galaxy M02s

8,999

Xiaomi Mi 10i
Xiaomi Mi 10i

21,999

Oppo A15s
Oppo A15s

11,490

Tecno Spark 6 Go
Tecno Spark 6 Go

8,499

Vivo V20 2021
Vivo V20 2021

24,990

Vivo Y20A
Vivo Y20A

11,490

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G9 Power
Motorola Moto G9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G 5G
Motorola Moto G 5G

20,999

Vivo V20 Pro
Vivo V20 Pro

29,990

Xiaomi Mi 10T
Xiaomi Mi 10T

35,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9i
Xiaomi Redmi 9i

8,299

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

39,999

Infinix Hot 10
Infinix Hot 10

9,999

Vivo V20 SE
Vivo V20 SE

20,990

Vivo V20
Vivo V20

24,990

Micromax In 1b
Micromax In 1b

6,999

Best Sellers