WhatsApp Tests Linking a Basic WhatsApp Account to an Android Tablet
WhatsApp is rolling out an update for its beta testers on Android that introduces support for WhatsApp for tablets. Select Android beta testers can now link their existing WhatsApp account on their phones to the tablet version of the app. Until now, the WhatsApp account on the Android phone could not be accessed on the second Android device. Meanwhile, some beta testers on WhatsApp for iOS are reportedly getting access to a new feature that will allow them to quickly jump to messages based on the date they were sent or received.
Noted With WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo, users signed up for the WhatsApp beta program will start seeing an in-app banner announcing the feature. A screenshot from the website shows a banner above the chats that reads “Got an Android tablet? WhatsApp for tablet is available for beta testers. The banner will appear as part of the WhatsApp beta 184.108.40.206 update for Android, making the popular messaging app compatible with tablets. Gadgets 360 employees who are part of the beta program also received a banner on their smartphones.
However, the tracker feature says that the new tablet version of the app may not be perfect. “Note that some features may not be available when you install WhatsApp on your tablet, for example, the ability to share a new status update, live locations, and broadcast lists,” the report said.
Notably, WhatsApp users can access their main account on a computer and WhatsApp Web. The feature is finally coming to Android tablets, allowing beta testers to access their messages on both their smartphones and tablets.
Meanwhile, WABetaInfo is too reports that beta testers on iOS are getting a new update that adds the ability to search messages by date. WhatsApp version 220.127.116.11, through the TestFlight beta program, will make it easier for users to jump to certain dates in the chat window. To check if the feature is available, users can look for the calendar icon within the chat search option. The icon allows you to use the ‘Jump to Date’ feature to view specific messages sent on a date.
WhatsApp has been busy for the past few weeks, rolling out many features to Android and iOS. The app recently rolled out a ‘Message to Self’ feature on both platforms that allows users to write to themselves, in case they need to jot down important information, reminders, or save files. Additionally, iOS users also received an update that adds the ability to add captions for streamed media.