Meta-owned WhatsApp is currently working on 5 new features. Right now, these features are only available to limited beta testers of Android and iOS. The new features include a new custom privacy option and the ability to pause and resume voice message recordings. The popular messaging service has also made changes to the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature. Here’s everything you need to know.
WhatsApp New Features
Pause and Resume voice recordings
WhatsApp is adding the ability to pause and resume voice message recordings while recording on the app. Currently, this feature is visible to those who are using the 220.127.116.11 beta version of iOS. It is a useful feature as there are times when you are not able to record a voice message in one go. After recording one voice message, users will now see another record button, which is basically a resume button for recording the voice message.
WhatsApp is changing Delete button options
WhatsApp is planning to extend the time limit for the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature. Right now, the app offers a one-hour time limit to delete a message. The Company is now going to increase the time limit of this feature to an indefinite period. The new change is currently not visible to everyone and was found in WhatsApp’s v18.104.22.168 Android beta version.
Unknown Business Accounts
WhatsApp is going to add a new feature, “Unknown Business Accounts.” Now, users will now get to know when an unknown business account contacts you on the messaging app. So, when you get a message from an unknown business account, WhatsApp will display an alert message at the bottom of the chat. You can either add that business number to your contact list or block it. This feature is currently available for Android beta testers
New Privacy option
WhatsApp is getting a new privacy option for its beta users. There is now a new “My contacts except” option, which lets you select those contacts whom you don’t want to see your profile photo. With this feature, the service is giving users more control over their privacy.
According to reports, the same option will also be offered for “Last Seen” and “About status” features. Currently, WhatsApp only displays two options, one of them lets you hide your information from everyone and the other one lets you hide from unsaved contacts.
WhatsApp HD Photos
WhatsApp is also working on a feature called HD Photos. This will let users share quality photos. The messaging app will provide three different options, including Best quality, Data Saver mode, and an Auto mode. This feature will likely help a lot of users as the messaging app is used by many users to exchange photos and WhatsApp heavily compresses them.
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