WhatsApp, the new feature that was missing for Android and iPhone: what is it

WhatsApp is working to make it possible to sync chat history between Android and iPhone devices. Here's how it works

When switching from an iPhone to an Android smartphone or vice versa, one of the biggest problems is transferring WhatsApp chats from one device to another. By default, it's not possible to do this, and until now, developers had never thought of a system to do it. But things are about to change: as anticipated by the guys at WaBetaInfo, on WhatsApp could soon arrive a tool that allows you to synchronize the history of conversations on multiple platforms at the same time, even between Android and iOS devices.

The reason for this new feature is soon said: it will be essential for the proper functioning of another tool that will arrive in the future, namely the ability to use the same WhatsApp account on more than one device at the same time. As we have already explained in recent months, the developers are working hard to introduce a feature that will revolutionize WhatsApp: the account will no longer be linked to the phone number, but directly to the person. It will be possible to use your personal profile on up to four devices at once, including the iPad (with the app coming in the next few months).

To make all this possible, other accessory tools are also needed, which will have to be released before the main function. And among them is also the possibility to synchronize WhatsApp chat between Android and iPhone smartphones. Here's how the tool will work.

WhatsApp, comes a feature that will revolutionize the app

The ability to use the same WhatsApp profile on multiple devices simultaneously is the most important in recent years. For developers, this is a complicated job that changes the app's settings from the roots. WhatsApp is meant to be used on a single device tied to a single phone number (with the exception of WhatsApp Web), while this new feature turns the whole thing upside down.

And the problems to be solved for everything to work are many. One example is in front of everyone's eyes: the need to synchronize chat history between smartphones and devices with different operating systems. At the moment, those who switch from an Android smartphone to an iPhone (or vice versa) must face as a primary problem the inability to use WhatsApp backup to synchronize chats (there are third-party apps, but they are not officially recognized by WhatsApp).

This problem will be solved before the arrival of the main function. Giving the news are the guys from WaBetaInfo who published an article on their blog in which they announce that the developers are working on this tool and that it will arrive in the coming months. At the moment it is still in the internal testing phase and is not available on any version of WhatsApp. Technicians must manage to find a way to make the iOS database readable on Android smartphones.

WhatsApp, same account on multiple devices: how it will work

Let's move on to the main feature WhatsApp is working on. We still don't have very precise indications on how it will work, but some screenshots published online allow us to understand how it should work. First of all, the name of the function should be "Linked Devices" and to activate it there will be a new item within the Settings. To link the main account to new devices you will need to be connected to the Wi-Fi network in order to share the profile backup.

To ensure the security of users' personal information, WhatsApp is working on the "Protect Backup" feature that allows you to enter a security password to protect the account backup, in order to avoid bad jokes. Once you connect your WhatsApp account to a new device, you'll be able to use it simultaneously on both smartphones or tablets.

When will the new WhatsApp features arrive

It's impossible to make predictions about the arrival of new WhatsApp features, starting with the ability to use the same profile on multiple devices at once. As you could understand it is a function that disrupts the architecture of the application and that needs a lot of time to be implemented. The most likely hypothesis is that it will be necessary to wait until mid-2021.