Despite its success, the Facebook-owned firm hasn’t become complacent and always keeps the competition on its toes by releasing new features every few weeks. 2017, of course, saw the overhauled WhatsApp Status (an aping of Snapchat), but there were many other small updates this season that didn’t get as much attention. From increased media sharing limit to video streaming, we now have a look at each of the new WhatsApp features released this season alone. While going down this memory lane, we’ve rated features in the order that we feel made the most impact (or will create, if in beta) in consumer experience.
WhatsApp in October created the Delete for Everyone attribute live for many users, the biggest change to chats on the stage since the grim ticks were introduced. As its name suggests, this attribute allows a sender to delete messages they’d already sent, in individual chats as well as group chats. Text messages, images, videos, files etc. can be recalled using this attribute, which is found when you delete a message and selecting the Publish for Everyone option. The message on the sender in addition to recipient’s sides will be substituted with “This message was deleted.” However, a third-party app with access to notifications can retrieve sent messages which were deleted.
2. New revamped Snapchat-like Status feature
Perhaps, one of the most important updates this year, the newest Status attribute was rolled out to all users globally in February. The brand new WhatsApp Status feature altered the old text type of status to allow users to change their status to some brief video or multiple photos which will automatically disappear in 24 hours. Although this feature was obviously introduced to battle Snapchat competition, it overhauled the way users interacted on the app daily. It became available for WhatsApp Internet users in August.
This change is significant because WhatsApp is one of the primary platforms for media sharing after an occasion, get-together, or any social meeting where pictures and videos have been taken. The media limit was first at 10, and this increase to 30 was a welcome change by all users. It was first seen in Android beta in January, but was later rolled out on all platforms eventually.
WhatsApp is also testing a feature that allows users to play YouTube videos within the program. This indicates that you will be able to see the video without leaving the app; the video can be viewed in either picture-in-picture mode or full-screen mode. Moreover, the window could be moved around. If you would like to navigate through other messages inside the exact same WhatsApp chat, or hide the video onto the side. Especially, the video playback doesn’t continue when you change the conversation. There is one more caveat to the attribute as it is only available for iPhone 6 and after models.
5. Two-step verification
This attribute was rolled out in February to all users within an optional security feature. With this feature, users are now able to verify their number when they install the program on a brand new device more securely. Users will have to provide a six-digit passcode (created by them using this attribute) when registering their phone number with WhatsApp again – or any endeavor to verify their phone number via the program. To know how to set up two-step verification, follow the step-by-step guide here.
6. All file type transfer
The company is slowly rolling out service 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 enable you to share video in a wide variety of formats, including MP3 tunes, as well as APK files for that thing on WhatsApp. The file sharing limit will still be at 128MB on iOS, 64MB on Internet, and 100MB on Android.
7. Ability to queue messages on iPhone
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 areas of poor or no connectivity was a big miss for iPhone users, as it prevented them to send messages at all in areas of poor connectivity. Today, all users can just send a WhatsApp message to some group/individual even if connectivity is unavailable, and the message will be transmitted automatically as soon as they get connectivity again.
After 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 currently available to get iPhone and Android users both.
9. Photo Bundling, Video Streaming, Photo Filter features
WhatsApp introduced some nifty features to increase media sharing. The Photo Bundling feature allows users to send photos and videos to your contacts as an album. WhatsApp users are now able to send a lot of photos to their friends, who will receive them bundled within a record rather than as before, one following another. When the record is opened, all images are shown on a single page. The feature is already available for iPhoneusers and is in beta for Android users.
The video streaming feature was first spotted in Android beta, but has been rolled out in the stable version to iPhone consumers first. This feature enables its users to view shared videos while they’re being downloaded in the background. It will employ your Wi-Fi or cellular data to buffer a shared video, while it’s still in the downloading procedure in the background. Earlier, WhatsApp users needed to wait until a video gets completely downloaded to watch it – depending upon WhatsApp auto-download setting.
Lately, WhatsApp also included the ability to add color filters to the media which you send in chats for iPhone users. Swiping up will pull out five photo filters which you can choose from. These are Pop, B&W, Cool, Film, and Chrome, but we anticipate WhatsApp to include more in the future.
For iPhone users, WhatsApp lately introduced a fresh night mode feature for its camera for low-light photography. Interestingly, the Night Mode icon looks by default only when the camera sensor finds low-light conditions, rather than otherwise.
In April, WhatsApp also gave additional abilities to Siri. Four key highlights include – you can ask Siri to see out of your latest messages; visual improvements to the Folders tab, Contact info, and Group info screens; ability to pick multiple statuses simultaneously in the My Updates screen which you may forward and delete; and also support to Persian language.
Another iPhone-only feature was the Quick Reply feature that enabled users to reply to an individual by simply 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 conversation and the way you communicate with the screen while chatting, WhatsApp has made many tweaks this season. Most noteworthy is that Android users obtained a fresh different video call button and saw the relocation of the attachment button. Earlier, the video calling feature was hidden within or bundled together with all the voice calling button, and one would need to tap twice in order to choose video calling out of a pop-up menu. The attachment button has been 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 pub. Especially, the text bar too got a fresh look with curved corners instead of the square-shaped box of old.
With the new Pinned Chats feature introduced in May for Android users, WhatsApp allowed pinning of up to 3 contacts on top of remaining conversations. WhatsApp is also testing a new feature that lets you send multiple contacts at once. Earlier, users were limited to ship just one contact at a time, but now that limit has been revoked. This feature was seen on Android beta, and should roll out for everyone shortly.
Founded in Android beta was also emoji search that brings the ability to hunt for emojis based on keywords. This nifty feature was first possible through third-party programs, but now the ability is coming to the in-app computer keyboard as well. You will find also brand new font shortcuts spotted in beta for bold, italics, and strike through.
12. Change Number and Live Location attribute
Finally but importantly, WhatsApp has been lately reported to be testing a new attribute on the Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile platform which could make life less painful when changing your contact number. In trying to ease the transition, it is testing a feature that will notify your friends and family about your amount change for you.
WhatsApp is allegedly working to introduce group voice and video calls online chat platform, in addition to testing the option to switch between telephone types. The WhatsApp v2.17.70 beta for iPhone update has code references to set calls – while grouping voice calls were referenced multiple times, there was only one mention of series video calls. An option to switch between voice calls and video calls without hanging up was seen 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 season, and going by leaked screenshots, it will allow users to continue chatting with other people even as they partake in calls.
14. Live location sharing
WhatsApp launched live location sharing attribute in October, allowing its 1 billion consumers to track their friends and families in real time. The live location could be shared in both individual chats in addition to groups, and works even when WhatsApp is not being used actively. There’s a ‘Live Until’ option which allows users to restrict the length of time they want others’ to monitor them (maximum up to 8 hours). A new option in your Account Privacy settings will give you an overview of all WhatsApp chats you are sharing your live location in at the time.
15. Verified accounts
WhatsApp verified profiles are established 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 names, along with the conversations with them will be denited with yellow messages. Moreover, users will not be delete their messages