If there is one platform which Indian smartphone users couldn’t part away, is WhatsApp. The instant messaging app in India has more than 200 million active users, which is a huge number considering the smartphone penetration in the country.
The numbers are still growing rapidly as per the reports released by the company. And it would make sense for the instant messenger to introduce new tweaks. We have created this one-stop destination to track all the latest tweaks released by the brand.
Update (17/04/18): New WhatsApp authentication feature to block chat screenshots
It would be an understatement if we say that WhatsApp takes security seriously on its platform. After learning that fingerprint authentication is coming on WhatsApp, the users have got to be excited about yet another feature. According to WABetainfo, the Facebook-owned messaging tool is taking one step forward to keep your chat history away from being shared in public.
WhatsApp could soon introduce a feature that will restrict users from taking screenshots of their chats. If the user has enabled the fingerprint authentication feature. The app will restrict them from taking screenshots of their chats. While those who haven’t enabled the authentication would be able to take the screenshots of the chat.
This feature is still in the testing phase and has not yet even made to the beta 2.19.106 version, which is believed to be the latest.
Update (10/04/18): WhatsApp brings audio file preview and multi-selection features in the latest beta update
You might have wondered why WhatsApp doesn’t allow multi-selection of audio files. Soon you won’t have to, as the instant messenger is said to introduce the feature soon. The latest beta update version number, 2.19.99 introduced this feature. Users running this version number on their respective smartphones can see the new UI when they tap on the audio attachment icon.
The new audio attachment UI seems to be quite the upgrade as you see in the images. The awful Gary bar seems to been removed and a fresh new modern look. This era shift was required for quite a time if you know what I mean.
Now in the new UI, you’d be able to see the duration, size, a thumbnail on the left, and a play button on the right. Yes, you guessed it right, there is a preview button available. Now you don’t have to wonder whether the file you’re trying to send is correct or not. Which seems to be a huge headache on the older UI.
Unfortunately, it is still a beta update feature, we hope the company rolls out this on the stable release as soon as possible. One more thing, there seems to be an update for the WhatsApp Web as well. The media pane now showcases the thumbnails for the file types in the Docs tab. It was earlier available inside the conversation window only.
Update (28/03/18): WhatsApp for Android to introduce fingerprint authentication, hints the latest beta update
India’s most popular instant messaging application on Android could be introducing the fingerprint authentication feature on its stable application soon. The latest beta version 2.19.83 showcases the traces of new Authentication feature which was first spotted by WABetaInfo, a popular news source for the WhatsApp unreleased features.
This new Authentication feature will make sure that you would be able to restrict the accessibility of the app from other users. Thus, making sure your WhatsApp content is safe and secured. Taking security one-step forward.
How to enable the WhatsApp fingerprint authentication?
If you’re on a Beta app version 2.19.83. Then you’d be able to do that. That’s the pre-requisite. Further, head over to the Settings> account> privacy> Use fingerprint to unlock. As soon as you enable it, WhatsApp will register your fingerprint.
Note, it will also ask if you want the application to get locked immediately as soon as you leave it or after a selected interval like after 1 minute, after 10 minutes, or 30 minutes. Interestingly, this feature is already available on the iOS app. Apart from Touch ID, it also has Face ID authentication available on iOS devices.
Update (14/03/18): WhatsApp getting ready to tackle fake news via its new “Search Image” feature
WhatsApp is believed to be testing a new feature on dubbed as Search Image. It is said to allow its users to find out whether the image they are sharing is fake or not. As we already know the Lok Sabha Elections are on the way, and this would be best time for WhatsApp to start taking some measures to limit the spread of fake news.
Toted as one of the easiest ways to make news viral, WhatsApp in India has been scrutinized by the government quite a time. With this image search which will take them to Google and look for its authenticity on the web before posting it in their respective groups and contacts.
This small step from Facebook-Owned instant messaging service could be just the right feature to control the fake news happening on the platforms. WABetaInfo, a popular source for WhatsApp news and rumours has posted about this first and said that this feature has been discovered on WhatsApp beta update with version number 2.19.73.
Update (3/10/18): WhatsApp working on a new swipe to reply gesture feature for Android users
WhatsApp for Android is finally planning to introduce a feature its iOS users have been using. And if you’re a part of the Beta version testing of WhatsApp, then you might be seeing this update roll out already to your supported devices.
The feature that we are talking about is a swipe to reply. Android recently received the gesture navigation as a standard feature on its core feature list. And WhatsApp has every intention to make use of this. It will allow users to reply to a message by swiping.
This new feature shall arrive in the WhatsApp beta version 2.18.300. You can check if you’re already on the version if you’re a beta member. In case you’re not, you’d have to wait when it rolls out to the stable version. Or you could just join the beta program since it is unknown when this stable update will be rolled out.
Update (17/09/18): WhatsApp is working on a dark mode for its iOS and Android apps
With more apps getting Dark mode, it was about time that world’s favourite messenger gets this feature. Lately, WhatsApp has been quite aggressive with frequent updates, which is one of the reasons why its users must be expecting a dark mode pretty soon. As per the tweet shared by WABetaInfo, the Facebook-owned IM is gearing up to release the dark mode for its two of the most popular platform apps.
If you own an OLED friendly smartphone, Android or iPhone, I won’t have to tell you how impressive the black colour turns out on those displays. So, if you’re looking to get an early crack at this feature, the best way is to sign up for the beta program. Would be interested in this dark mode feature? Or you’re more of a bright person. Drop your feedback in the comments section below.
I’m happy to exclusively give the good news: WhatsApp is finally working on a Dark Mode! It’s a dream ?
There are many important secret references in recent updates!
Be patient to see it out, hoping it will be FULL OLED friendly for Android phones, iPhone X and newer!
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) September 14, 2018
Update (11/09/18): WhatsApp is now available on JioPhone and JioPhone 2
WhatsApp is widely used as a messaging tool in India and when a phone like JioPhone which is quite popular in the country doesn’t come with WhatsApp support. It worries people. Which is why Reliance in partnership with WhatsApp has finally introduced the IM messenger on its Jio Store. The new app that is released today comes with a support for KaiOS. This announcement was done by WhatsApp on its official blog.
Talking about the app, it offers all the features like sending texts, photos, and videos as other platforms. It also allows recording and sending voice messages directly from the app. It is unknown whether they would be able to make voice or video calls like one can do on the Android and iOS apps. One important point that the company highlighted is that all messages are end-to-end encrypted. This app can be downloaded from the AppStore on both JioPhone and JioPhone 2.
Update (16/08/18): WhatsApp announces unlimited backup support on Google Drive starting November 12
WhatsApp has been the pillar of communication among citizens of many countries as it offers one of the fastest and easiest ways to communicate free of cost. Of course, keeping aside the data costs, the app doesn’t ask for any monthly fees. With so much data being shared on the WhatsApp, we all like to keep the back up of those conversations.
Further, the increased consumption of images and videos via WhatsApp made it quite data consuming in terms of backup. Considering not all who back up their contents on Google Drive have opted for higher storage options. Since Google charges for the higher storage plans. But WhatsApp users don’t have to worry about that anymore. The Facebook-owned messaging platform has come to a partnership with Google.
This partnership has resulted in Google keeping out the storage quota count from the Google users drive storage. Note that this applies to only users who are on Android. As the iOS uses iCloud to backup the WhatsApp data. The company recommends its users to back up their chats before November 12. This will avoid any loss of dated backups, which users have not touched in a while. It is also recommended to take a daily backup if recurring data rates is not a problem, of course.
Update (03/10/18): WhatsApp PIP mode will allow users to play YouTube and Instagram videos in a chat
WhatsApp has been introducing a lot of new features on its instant messaging platform. The past couple of weeks have seen this pace increased. It is probably the result of an announcement at Facebook’s F8 conference earlier in May this year. If you have been wondering about when PIP (Picture-in-Picture) mode coming to Android. Well, your wish could be fulfilled sooner than you think.
According to the reported posted by WAbetainfo, the PIP mode is in the pipeline and could arrive at your Android phones soon. The report states that makers have been facing development challenges to offer a seamless experience. WhatsApp preaches a smooth feature work out, which may be the reason for the delay of the feature on Android. Whereas the iOS users enjoy this feature.
Once this feature is rolled out to Android users, they should be able to play YouTube and Instagram links received in the personal or group chat.
Update (31/07/18): WhatsApp latest update rolls out group calling feature for video and voice
WhatsApp has been quite actively improving its platform this year. The Facebook-owned messaging platform has introduced the much-awaited feature – Group Calling. If you have been waiting for this feature to arrive on WhatsApp, then, the time has come to enjoy group calling with your friends and family. This feature is now available on both Android and iOS platforms.
To check whether you have received this update or not, we suggest calling up your contact. Once the call is initiated, look for a button to add the new contact. You can group video call up to three people, which is currently the limit. Meaning four people can have the group video call on WhatsApp. Note that group calling is available for voice as well.
I have tried this feature and it works like a charm. If you have not received this update yet, we suggest updating the app on your phone. And even after that, the button doesn’t arrive. Then, you’d have to be patient, it should show up when next time you initiate the video call.
Update (20/07/18): WhatsApp could limit forwarding messages to five chats in India to counter the recent lynchings
WhatsApp is no doubt a powerful messaging tool that is used by millions of Indians across different states and cities. This is as good as a bad thing when it comes to news. Because the instant messaging platform has been experiencing a widespread of fake news. The mass forwarding feature on WhatsApp is accounted to be the initiator of the fake news.
That is why the Facebook-owned messaging platform is under pressure from the Indian government to handle this menace. Earlier this week, the company ran front full page ads on leading newspapers in India to keep its user base in the country aware of the fake news on its platform. It urged its users to share information after fact-checking.
Another attempt to control this menace could be the forward message limitation. WhatsApp soon could be testing a new India-specific feature to limit the forward to only five chat windows. It could also remove the quick forward button next to media messages. Thus, at least reducing the number of forwards done by its Indian communities.
Update (17/07/18): WhatsApp teases a preview of its Stickers feature on the latest beta version
At its F8 conference earlier in May, Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced that it would be introducing the stickers features on its mobile apps. Today, on its latest beta release, the 2.18.218 version, it brings a preview of the upcoming sticker feature. Posted by a Twitter user that goes by the handle, @WABetainfo, the screenshot of the new features gives us a glimpse of what’s coming on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp beta for Android 2.18.218:
1) Sticker preview!
2) When the WhatsApp Sticker Store has a new updated sticker pack, there will be a green dot on the “+” button.
3) Added the update button.
[STICKERS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN FUTURE – NO RELEASE DATE AVAILABLE!!!] pic.twitter.com/m86vLp28zB
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) July 16, 2018
While many popular instant messaging platforms like LINE, WeChat, Skype, Facebook Messenger, and Allo recently introduced stickers on its respective apps, WhatsApp has been lacking this feature for quite a time. It is about time the stickers arrive on WhatsApp.
According to the information shared by the above-mentioned twitter handle, we know that there would be a WhatsApp Sticker Store. And whenever there is an update, the plus button will indicate a green dot.
Who is excited to try out the new stickers feature on WhatsApp? Let us know in the comments section below.
Update (10/07/18): WhatsApp wants you to fight against false information on its app
Ever since WhatsApp has woke up to its fake news menace, the company has been pushing out updates quietly to its user base to tackle the situation. Today, the company has sent out a list of points on how to tackle the false information news. The company has done this by running front page ads on leading newspapers. It is unknown whether this has been done worldwide, or in select regions where its service is used to the widespread fake news.
This is in line with company’s plan to roll out the beta feature where forwarded messages would be marked by a moniker. The Facebook-owned instant messaging app has requested its user base to double-check the facts before sending the forwards. The ad states that they should question the information presented to them on its platform.
Below you can read the complete set of points that WhatsApp wants to convey to its users.
Update (13/06/18): WhatsApp introduces labels to distinguish between forwards and original messages
While we still await the group video calling on the WhatsApp, the company has rolled out an update that was due for a long time. With the version number 2.18.179, it’s now easier to distinguish the forwarded and original messages.
WhatsApp now labels the forwarded messages, so that it’s easier to understand whether the message you’ve received was composed by the sender or was forwarded by them.
Note that this forwarded tag would be visible by both recipients as well as senders. To test this feature makes sure that you’re on the latest version of the app. Since this is still in beta, you must be enrolled in the beta version. As an alternative, you can download the APK file from APKMirror and sideload the app at your own risk.
There is one more feature introduced with this version number called New Media Visibility. It will allow users to hide the WhatsApp Media content on their phone’s gallery app.