Despite its success, the Facebook-owned company hasn’t become complacent and always keeps the competition on its toes by releasing new features every couple weeks. 2017, of course, saw the overhauled WhatsApp Status (an aping of Snapchat), however there were many other little updates this year which didn’t get as much attention. From increased media sharing limit to video streaming, we now take a look at all the newest WhatsApp features released this season alone. While going down this memory lane, we have ranked features in the sequence that we feel made the maximum impact (or will create, if in beta) in consumer experience.
WhatsApp in October made the Delete for Everyone attribute live for many users, the biggest change to talks on the platform since the blue ticks were introduced. As its name implies, this feature permits a sender to delete messages they had already sent, in individual chats in addition to group chats. Text messages, images, videos, files etc. can be remembered using this feature, which is found once you delete a message and selecting the Publish for Everyone option. The message on the sender in addition to recipient’s sides will probably be substituted with “This message has been deleted.” However, a third-party program with access to notifications can retrieve sent messages that have been deleted.
2. New revamped Snapchat-like Status attribute
Maybe, one of the most important updates this season, the new Reputation attribute was rolled out to all users globally in February. The new WhatsApp Status feature replaced the old text type of standing to permit consumers to change their status to a short video or multiple photos which will automatically disappear in one day. Even though this feature was obviously introduced to combat Snapchat competition, it overhauled how users interacted about the app daily. It became available for WhatsApp Internet users in August.
3. Media sharing limit increased to 30
This shift is significant because WhatsApp is one of the primary platforms for media sharing after an occasion, get-together, or some other social meeting where pictures and videos are accepted. It had been first seen in Android beta in January, but was later rolled out on all platforms eventually.
WhatsApp is also testing a feature which allows users to play YouTube videos within the program. This means you will be able to watch the video without leaving the app; the video can be viewed in either picture-in-picture manner or full-screen mode. Moreover, the window could be moved around. If you want to browse through other messages inside the exact same WhatsApp conversation, or hide the video onto the side. Especially, the video playback doesn’t continue when you alter the conversation. There is one more caveat to the feature since it is only available for iPhone 6 and after models.
5. Two-step verification
This feature was rolled out in February to all users as an optional security feature. With this feature, users are now able to verify their number when they install the app on a brand new device more rigorously. Users will have to provide a six-digit passcode (made by them using this feature) when registering their phone number with WhatsApp again – or any attempt to verify their phone number through the program. To know how to set up two-step verification, follow the incremental guide here.
6. All file type move
The business is slowly rolling out support for all types of file transfers (including archives) on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone with a limited number of consumers, removing any hindrance of file sharing on WhatsApp. This new feature will now allow you to talk about video in a wide variety of formats, MP3 tunes, or even APK files for that matter on WhatsApp.
While WhatsApp had this ability on Android for a while now, iPhone users finally obtained it in January. This ability to queue messages even when in regions of no or poor connectivity was a big miss for iPhone users, since it prevented them to send messages at all in areas of poor connectivity. Now, all users can just send a WhatsApp message to a group/individual even if connectivity is unavailable, and the message will be transmitted automatically as soon as they get connectivity again.
Following the introduction of the new Status feature, support for the old Text Status attribute was finished. This created a massive uproar among users, and the feature was then brought back on popular demand. The feature is now available for iPhone and Android users both.
9. Photo Bundling, Video Streaming, Photo Filter features
WhatsApp introduced some nifty features to increase media sharing. This includes photo bundling into a record, video streaming, and photo filters. The Photo Bundling feature enables users to send photos and videos to your contacts as a record. WhatsApp users are now able to send a bunch of photos to their friends, who will receive them bundled as a record rather than as before, one following another. When the album is opened, all images are displayed on a single page. The feature is currently available for iPhoneusers and is in beta for Android users.
The video streaming feature was first seen in Android beta, but has been rolled out in the stable version to iPhone users first. This feature allows its users to watch shared videos while they are being downloaded in the background. It will employ your Wi-Fi or mobile data to buffer a shared video, while it’s still in the downloading process in the background. Earlier, WhatsApp users needed to wait until a video becomes completely downloaded to see it – depending upon WhatsApp auto-download setting.
Recently, WhatsApp also added that the ability to add color filters to the media that you send in chats for iPhone users. Head to WhatsApp, go to the individual or group chat that you would like to send the media to, catch or select a photo, video, or GIF, and swipe up. Swiping up will pull out five photo filters that you may select from. All these are Pop, B&W, Cool, Film, and Chrome, but we anticipate WhatsApp to include more in the long run.
10. Night Mode, Quick Reply button, and ability for Siri to read messages out loud
For iPhone users, WhatsApp lately introduced a new night mode feature because of its camera to get low-light photography. Interestingly, the Night Mode icon looks by default only when the camera detector finds low-light conditions, rather than otherwise.
In April, WhatsApp additionally gave additional abilities to Siri. Four key highlights include – you can ask Siri to read out of your latest messages; visual improvements to the Calls tab, Contact info, and Group info screens; ability to select multiple statuses at once in the My Updates screen which you can forward and delete; and support for Persian language.
Another iPhone-only feature was the Quick Response feature that enabled users to respond to an individual just by swiping right on a specific text in chats. This response shortcut is particularly useful in group conversations in which you talk to multiple users at once.
11. Chat improvements
To improve the basic handling of chat and the way you communicate with the screen while chatting, WhatsApp has made several tweaks this season. Most notable is that Android users got a fresh different video call button and watched the relocation of the attachment button. Earlier, the video calling feature was hidden within or grouped with the voice calling button, and one would have to tap twice in order to select video calling from a pop-up menu. The attachment button was relocated to the bottom within the text bar. You will now see the little attachment attribute right next to the camera icon in the text bar. Especially, the text pub too got a new look with rounded corners rather than the square-shaped box of old.
With the newest Pinned Chats feature introduced in May for Android users, WhatsApp allowed pinning of up to three contacts on top of remaining conversations. Earlier, users were limited to ship just one touch at a time, but now that limit has been revoked. This feature was seen on Android beta, and should roll out for everyone soon.
Founded in Android beta was also emoji search that brings the ability to search for emojis according to key words. This nifty feature was first possible through third-party programs, but now the ability is coming to the in-app computer keyboard also. You will find also brand new font shortcuts seen in beta for bold, italics, and strike through. This could remove the need to add text inside asterisks while typing for making it bold, or kind phrase between underscores to italicise.
12. Change Number and Live Location feature
Finally but importantly, WhatsApp has been lately reported to be testing a new attribute on the Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile platform that could make life less painful when changing your contact number.
WhatsApp is allegedly working to introduce group voice and video calls online chat platform, in addition to testing the option to switch between call types. The WhatsApp v2.17.70 beta for iPhone update has code references to group calls – while group voice calls were referenced multiple times, there was just one mention of series video calls. An option to switch between voice calls and video calls without hanging up was spotted in November; the other party will have to agree to alter the call type for the change to take effect in-call. The option for picture-in-picture (PIP) video calls also surfaced on WhatsApp this year, and going by leaked screenshots, it will enable consumers to continue chatting with other people even as they partake in forecasts.
WhatsApp launched live location sharing attribute in October, allowing its 1 billion users to monitor their friends and families in real time. The live location could be shared in both individual chats in addition to groups, and functions much when WhatsApp is not being used actively. There is a ‘Live Until’ option that permits users to restrict the length of time they need others’ to track them (maximum up to 8 hours). A new option in your Account Privacy settings will give you an overview of all WhatsApp chats you’re sharing your live location in at the time.
15. Verified accounts
WhatsApp verified profiles have been launched for businesses in a bid to make it easier for customers to authenticate the identity of companies reaching out to them. These companies will have a green badge with white tick mark next to their titles, and the chats with them will be denited with yellowish messages. Moreover, users will not be delete their messages