Facebook-owned WhatsApp seems to be working on new support for multiple devices with synchronized chat history. WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is testing the possibility of using an account on several devices, including a separate iPad app. WhatsApp currently supports multiple devices via WhatsApp Web, which connects back to a phone account.
WhatsApp Web requires a phone to be turned on and connected to the web, but this new support for multiple devices does not need to constantly connect back to a phone and allows people to use WhatsApp on multiple devices simultaneously.
This new multi-device feature, which has been rumored for months, is likely to support chat history sync, allowing WhatsApp users to sync their messages across devices. WABetaInfo also reports that WhatsApp will release its long-rumored iPad app when multi-device support is ready to be released.
WhatsApp now has 2 billion users and has introduced features to limit the transmission of viral messages in recent months. WhatsApp also added a search feature last week to help users debunk misinformation that can be spread on the messaging service.