Facebook has been working on merging three of its messaging applications, including WhatsApp, for a long time.
Compatibility between Instagram DMs and Facebook Messenger will enable users to send end-to-end encrypted messages between the two services.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp has been working on multi-device support, and a feature to switch chats from an Android device to an iPhone is reportedly in the works.
Earlier this month it was reported that WhatsApp was working on a new feature for iPhones that would enable users to transfer their chats to an Android device, which is currently not possible.
According to a post by WABetaInfo, a well-known WhatsApp feature leaker, the service is now working on allowing users to switch their chats from Android to iPhones.
The new WhatsApp beta app, version 18.104.22.168, contains a screen with a caricature of a notched device resembling an iPhone and a device with a punch-hole display resembling a Pixel 4a device, according to the post, which includes a screen with a caricature of a notched device resembling an iPhone and a device with a punch-hole display resembling a Pixel 4a device.
Chat bubbles appear on the screen between the two devices. However, as with all apps in testing, the feature appears to be partially working, as the screenshot also shows a ‘Retry’ button at the bottom.
According to the source, the leaker suggests WhatsApp will use Google Drive to “momentarily” store chat history when transferring it from one device to another, but there is currently no way to confirm this.
According to the source, the feature will be launched at the same time as WhatsApp’s multi-device support for Android.