WhatsApp is getting a feature to work on multiple devices, without the need for an active internet connection on the primary device. So says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. There will also be a ‘View Once’ mode, where recipients can see a photo or video once.
The public beta of multi-device support will start in the coming months, Zuckerberg said in an interview with WABetaInfo . Then users can test the function for the first time. Users can use an account on up to four linked devices. It’s still encrypted end-to-end, but Zuckerberg doesn’t mention exactly how that works. Getting it to work was a challenge, according to the Facebook founder.
Thanks to the multi-device support, WhatsApp could start working on iPads, but the company does not confirm that it will.
In addition, there will be a View Once mode, where users can show a photo or video to a recipient once. Then the message disappears. WhatsApp already has a feature that messages automatically disappear after seven days. There is also a function to do that in all chats.