Five new features that have been rolled out for WhatsApp
- WhatsApp has updated the Group Privacy Setting feature and added a new Blacklist option
- WhatsApp has released a new 2.19.297 beta update for Android users. The update brings with it a new Splash screen feature
- WhatsApp is testing a new beta update for iOS users which would bring features like hiding muted status update, splash screen, and app badge improvements
WhatsApp crossed one billion users almost half a year back and has been growing ever since. The popular social messaging platform provides messaging and multimedia services using the internet. The social messaging service has been receiving a number of updates which brings in a number of features like Dark Mode theme, new design, and such. Here are five new features that have been rolled out for WhatsApp users.
WhatsApp has updated the Group Privacy Setting feature and added a new Blacklist option. The new group privacy setting feature which was spotted by Wabetainfo in Android and iOS beta version will restrict users to add you to a WhatsApp group without your permission. This will help you in being part of only those groups that you want to be in. You will additionally have more control over the group messages you receive.
When enabled, the user who wishes to add you in a WhatsApp group will be required to first send you an invitation link in the app if you accept it, you will then be added to the group otherwise the link will expire in three days.
To enable the new Group Privacy Setting, go to Settings in your app, then tap Account > Privacy > Groups. Three options will be displayed on your screen namely “Nobody”, “My Contacts”, or “Everyone”. You need to update your WhatsApp version to the 220.127.116.11 iOS and 2.19.298 Android beta updates to try out the new feature.
WhatsApp has released a new 2.19.297 beta update for Android users. The update brings with it a new Splash screen feature which is the initial loading screen of the app that shows the WhatsApp logo in the middle of a white background. The light Splash Screen is already visible to everyone on 2.19.297, however, the Dark Splash screen is not visible because the Dark theme feature is not available yet.
Wabetainfo reports that the Facebook-owned app has rolled out the new update for Android users and that the Dark Splash screen will be visible only after the Dark theme feature is released. The report, however, also suggests that a bug might let users get the Dark Splash screen, even if the Dark theme is not enabled. The issue is reported to make the bubbles dark, sometimes.
WhatsApp is testing a new beta update for iOS users which would bring features like hiding muted status update, splash screen, and app badge improvements among others, according to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates.
WhatsApp’s new splash screen would essentially let users see the WhatsApp logo whenever they open the app on their iPhones. This is also available on the Android beta app. The update also showed how text bubbles would look in dark mode on WhatsApp. This was first available on the beta version for Android. The company is expected to introduce dark mode for users globally soon.
WhatsApp released a couple of new features for iPhone users in its update released earlier this month. After installing the most recent 2.19.100 version form the App Store, users will be able to edit and send back media in their chats quickly. And to do so, they will be required to tap the doodle icon available on the right corner while viewing an image or a video that they have received on the app.
Secondly, iOS users will now be able to play voice-messages directly from the notification panel without having to open WhatsApp. This is possible by long-pressing and tapping play on the message. Earlier users were allowed to play voice-messages by opening the chat window, but now iOS users will be able to listen to the audio text on WhatsApp from notifications.
According to a new report, the Dark Mode feature may be soon incoming very soon. The new feature has been spotted in its very preliminary stage in the beta version. The new update can be found in the version 2.19.289. The latest version was recently submitted through the Google Play Beta Program.
According to a report by the WABetaInfo, “the Dark Theme feature is not available yet. WhatsApp is working very hard on the feature in the recent few updates, in order to ensure the best bug-free experience for you, before the release for everyone. There is no issue if you have updated your WhatsApp beta version and it’s not visible for you, seen that it’s under development.”