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WhatsApp is working on a new feature that might concern many users. The instant messaging application may soon allow users to access the same WhatsApp account from multiple devices. So far, WhatsApp does not permit a single account on multiple devices. The only exception being the WhatsApp Web feature which can only be accessed on browsers and doesn't function when the primary smartphone is not online.

The new feature was spotted by WABetaInfo in a beta build of the application. The version 2.20.110 beta for Android comes with feature but it is still inactive. The latest version, even for beta testers will not be able to access the new feature. The website that spotted the new feature claims that users will be notified every time a contact in any of their groups has added a new device. The report claims the encryption key changes every time a new device is added to the account.

The new version has also shed some light on the feature that was earlier mentioned as “disappearing messages". The latest version has now termed it as “expiring messages". As the name suggests, these messages will delete automatically after a specific period of time. Within groups, the feature can only be used by the admins. Expiring messages will be highlighted in the chat list with the use of an icon on the display picture of the group or individual.

WhatsApp's new multiple-device feature is a long way from a stable update and the company might make massive changes to the feature before the official launch.

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