Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp has had a busy 2018 so far. Here is a list of WhatsApp features introduced recently -
Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp has had a busy 2018 so far. The company has introduced many new features for its users this year including group video and voice calling, stickers support, and even a payments option. Some of these features like WhatsApp Stickers have become hugely popular among the users. The online messaging platform has been under pressure to fight the spread of fake news on its platform and has taken solid steps in that regard too.
While some features have already been rolled out for users to improve their experience, some were spotted in the testing stage. WhatsApp is reportedly working on “Vacation Mode” that makes archived chats that have been muted, to remain archived when a new message arrives in those chats. WABetaInfo also spotted a Linked Accounts feature that will let users link their account with external services.
While active users may be aware of many of these features, for those who missed a few, here is a list of what WhatsApp has recently introduced –
The Stickers support for all Android and iPhone users was rolled out late last month. The feature was actively used in India as WhatsApp introduced a special sticker pack for Diwali. The users can also download sticker packs directly from Google Play, apart from using the default stickers provided by the app.
The feature was made available to all the users in the latest version of the app. In case you haven’t got the feature yet, here is how you can get it –
Silent mode for Android
What came as a major relief from unwanted messages, WhatsApp introduced a new “Silent Mode” that hides the notification dots for muted chats. This means that users don’t see how many messages they have received in a muted chat. The new feature is enabled in the app by default and cannot be applied or removed manually.
Swipe to Reply
The feature was first introduced for iPhone users and then, was made available for the Android users as well. The feature helps WhatsApp users to quickly reply to messages by simply swiping on a chat. Previously, the users had to tap on the chat and open it to reply to the messages.
The feature was introduced for the Android users with its beta version 2.18.355. It allows users to privately send messages to a participant in a group without letting others in the same group know. To use this feature, the users need to tap the message of the sender, click the three-dotted menu on the top right corner and select the Private Reply option.
WhatsApp Group video, voice calling
The feature allows a maximum of four people to make group voice and video calls. It is available for both Android and iPhone users.