Thursday 22nd February 2024

WhatsApp Launches ‘Keep In Chat’ Feature To Save Disappearing Message

Meta-owned popular chat app WhatsApp rolled out a ‘Keep in Chat’ feature on Friday that will enable users to save a message from a disappearing message thread by long-pressing a message and selecting to save it. This feature, which WhatsApp refers to as the “sender superpower,” lets the sender decide whether to let other chat participants save specific messages for later.

“Anyone in a disappearing message thread can long press on a message to keep it. The sender will be notified if it was saved and can decide if it stays or remains a disappearing message,” stated Mark Zuckerberg, founder, and CEO of Meta.

There are sometimes occasional voice notes or any important piece of information the receiver wishes to save, but the disappearing message’s additional privacy layer facility restricts saving messages to avoid falling into the wrong hands. Hence, with the ‘keep in chat’ feature, the sender must be informed when a message is kept. Also, they have the power to reject the request to prevent saving the message.

“If you’ve decided your message can’t be kept by others, your decision is final, no one else can keep it, and the message will be deleted when the timer expires. This way, you have the final say on how messages you send are protected,” clarified WhatsApp.

On your WhatsApp, the messages you have saved will be shown with a bookmark icon. You can view these messages in the Kept Messages folder, which is organised by chat. According to the company, this new feature will be rolled out worldwide over the following few weeks.

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WhatsApp Introduces ‘Companion Mode’ On Android For Beta Users

WhatsApp users can now use the messaging application on four different Android devices. Currently, users of WhatsApp are able to sign in simultaneously on their smartphones and desktops. But everything will soon change. After testing the feature for several months, WhatsApp has now made the “companion mode” feature available to all beta testers. Prior to now, WhatsApp was observed testing the function with a select number of users. With the help of this feature, android users can simultaneously connect up to four devices and sync the chat history across them all.

According to WABetaInfo, companion mode is now available to all participants in WhatsApp beta for Android v2.23.8.2. If you currently use WhatsApp Android beta, you can update to the most recent version. However, it may require up to 24 hours to use the feature after initiating the download.

Users will be able to link their current WhatsApp account to another mobile phone with the help of this feature. After connecting an active WhatsApp account to a second mobile phone, users can read their chats on the second device without requiring an active internet connection on the first phone. The second device should be an Android phone or tablet, as the companion mode on WhatsApp for iOS is not yet available.

When you connect devices to your WhatsApp account, all your chat history will sync across those devices. Similar to what occurs when you simultaneously use WhatsApp on your phone and PC. Even though the companion mode is now accessible to all beta testers, some features might still be lacking, such as managing broadcast lists and posting a status update from the linked device.

WhatsApp’s companion mode allows you to link with the four devices at the same time, and all your personal messages and calls are encrypted from start to end.

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WhatsApp To Allow Users To Add And Edit Contacts Within The App

Meta-owned WhatsApp is now one of the most regularly updated apps of all time. WhatsApp has recently introduced a new feature for the beta version of Android that allows users to add or change contacts without leaving the app.

Prior to this, WhatsApp did provide a shortcut that allowed users to rapidly add contacts, but the function made use of the phone’s default contact app. However, users of the most recent WhatsApp Android beta version can rapidly add new contacts to their list without leaving the application.

You can ensure that the feature is accessible to you in WhatsApp by opening your contact list and selecting the “New contact” button if you have joined the WhatsApp beta program on the Google Play Store. If the functionality is available, you will be directed to a new screen within the app. You will be prompted to enter your contact information, including your first and last names, phone numbers, and the location where you want to preserve the data.

Users can change current contact information and add new contacts with this feature. This is quite helpful when compared to the previous method, in which WhatsApp is directed to the default contacts app. However, suppose the new functionality is not yet available on your device. In that case, it may take some time, as the developers are currently rolling it out to beta testers.

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WhatsApp To Soon Allow To Lock Individual Chats

Every other week, WhatsApp releases new tools or privacy improvements while frequently developing new features. Therefore, it should not be surprising that the instant messaging service is now developing a new privacy feature within the app itself that will enable users to lock their private chats.

According to WaBetaInfo, now WhatsApp users can secure any particular chat on the application using a  face, passcode, or fingerprint lock.

The feature, which is currently in testing, will give an additional layer of privacy and security to WhatsApp by requiring a unique passcode, such as a fingerprint, face lock, or password, to access each locked discussion. No one can access your locked chats until the passcode is mentioned, even if your WhatsApp platform is open and other users surround you.

In addition to protecting text messages, this feature will safeguard shared media assets, audio files, and documents in chats between two people.

According to the report, if someone tries to open one of these restricted chats on WhatsApp and repeatedly fails the authentication procedure, they will need to clear the chat in order to open it.

But, an Android beta version of WhatsApp’s Lock Chat feature is now being tested. The feature will be made available to iOS users whenever it progressively begins to be made available to the whole public.

The Lock Chat function is said to archive locked chats in a different folder, making it easier to find while remaining hidden and out of the way.

The Google Play Store now has the WhatsApp beta for Android update available. According to the report, WhatsApp would not automatically save any audio or video files exchanged in encrypted chats to the smartphone’s gallery when the Lock Chat function is active.

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Mark Zuckerberg Launches A New WhatsApp App For Windows

CEO of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, launched a new WhatsApp app for Windows that will allow users to make group video calls with a maximum of up to 8 people.

Users can also make audio calls with up to 32 participants from their desktops using the new application.

“Launching a new WhatsApp desktop app for Windows. Now you can make E2E encrypted video calls with up to 8 people and audio calls with up to 32 people.” Zuckerberg stated as he shared the news on his official Facebook profile.

The tech giant also asserted that WhatsApp loads more quickly on the new Windows desktop. Moreover, users of Windows and WhatsApp can be easily acquainted with the application’s interface.

The company also claimed that it had included new features like link previews and stickers, as well as faster device linking and better device syncing.

Meta said that these limitations would be lifted over time to ensure that users remained able to utilize WhatsApp to connect with their friends, family, and coworkers.

According to the Zuckerberg-led Meta, the Mac desktop version of WhatsApp, which is presently in beta, will be released.

WhatsApp is also expanding compatibility on more devices. The company has recently released a new WhatsApp beta version for Android tablets.

The tech company also introduced two new improvements to WhatsApp’s Groups feature earlier this week. These included enhanced admin controls and a feature that makes it simple for users to view groups they have in common.

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WhatsApp Adds New Feature: Copy Text From Images, Set Voice In Status

Meta-owned Whatsapp is one of the widely used instant messaging apps in India as well as across the world. It is now seen adding new features every now and then, and this is mandatory to continue also. Recently, Whatsapp has released two new features in iOS. iPhone users can now extract text from the images and set voice notes as a status update on Whatsapp. Both features were under testing for some time and are now widely available to iPhone users.

The ability to copy text from the image is only available to iPhone users under one condition. In the latest report, WABetaInfo says Whatsapp is rolling out the ability to copy text from images to all iPhone users having iOS 16. This software version is mandatory because iOS 16 is integrated with APIs to detect and copy text from the images. Even this requirement is the same for WhatsApp’s recent sticker maker tool that allows users to create stickers within WhatsApp itself.

The feature requires WhatsApp for iOS 23.5.77 update, although the report also mentions that certain users may be able to access the same feature after installing the earlier 23.5.75 version. Once it is available, the process of extracting text from images appears to be simple. When you open a text-filled image, a button to copy the text from the image will be visible. However, due to privacy concerns, you won’t be able to do that with “view once” pictures.

The facility to set voice notes as a status update is another fairly useful iPhone feature rolling out. Users must have the iOS 23.5.75 update of WhatsApp installed in order to use the functionality, according to WABetaInfo. It also appears to be a simple and useful procedure to set up a voice as a status. Go to the Status tab, click on the pencil symbol, then hold the microphone icon to begin recording. Existing voice notes in chat can also be posted as status by users. However, keep in mind that voice notes in status are limited to 30 seconds lengthy.

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WhatsApp’s New Feature Allows Users To Mute Unwanted Calls

The Meta-owned instant messaging platform, Whatsapp, is currently grabbing its users’ attention by continuously announcing new features in its platform.

According to a report, the company is working on a feature called “Silence Unknown Callers.” The feature will allow its users to silence calls from unknown numbers while still displaying them in the notification bar and call list.

WABetaInfo reports that the feature “silence unknown callers”  is currently being developed for the Android beta version of WhatsApp. It not only reduces interruptions but also helps users to avoid spam calls, making it even more beneficial for them.

The report suggests that users can access the toggle feature in the app settings for the “Silence unknown callers.” If they activate it, the incoming calls from unknown numbers will be muted but will still appear in the notification bar and call list.

Keeping in mind the theme for International Women’s Day, ‘DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality, let’s quickly look at WhatsApp’s top privacy features:

Allow users to choose people

WhatsApp facilitates users to choose with whom they want to talk. It is a private and secure place to communicate with their known ones or the people who have your phone number. However, the problem arises when users receive messages from unknown numbers. WhatsApp has already provided users an easy way to ‘Block and Report’ their account to WhatsApp. Blocked contacts or numbers can no longer call or send you messages.

Allow more control over the privacy of your messages

WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption for text messages, photos, voice messages, videos, calls, documents, and status updates. Moreover, it allows several privacy features, such as disappearing messages which disappear within twenty-four hours, seven days, or ninety days depending on the time you choose. It has also added a layer of security by adding a feature of “view once.”

Group privacy settings

The privacy settings and group invite system of WhatsApp enable the users to decide whom they want to add to the groups and whom they don’t want to keep. Additionally, if the user does not want to be part of the group, they can choose to leave the group privately without notifying everyone.

Control of your online information

WhatsApp users can manage their personal details like – profile photo, online status, about, last seen, status, and who views it by choosing who can access their online information – everyone, Contacts Only, Selected Contacts, or None. Even you can control your online presence by choosing who can and can’t see when you’re online.

Protect your account privacy

WhatsApp allows its users to add double security to their accounts by allowing the two-step verification process. The feature requires a six-digit PIN when resetting and verifying your WhatsApp account. It is too much helpful in case the SIM card or the phone is stolen.

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WhatsApp May Add Newsletters To Status Tab

Meta-owned messaging platform WhatsApp is now rolling out new features in its application. A few days back, it was reported that the company was preparing to launch a new edit message feature to enable its user to modify the sent message easily. Now the company is reportedly redesigning its Status tab for Android beta to include a “newsletters” feature.

Click here to read about the WhatsApp’s ‘edit message’ feature.

As per a WABetaInfo report, the company is working on revamping the Status tab by adding two separate sections, i.e., Status and Newsletter.

The significant aspects of this redesigned section will be the inclusion of users’ subscribed newsletters directly in the Status tab, as well as the ability to search for newsletters by username.

Furthermore, status updates will be displayed in a horizontal layout like Instagram Stories.

Users who create and subscribe to the newsletter will have their phone numbers hidden to make their identity unrevealed.

Moreover, the report said that users would be able to control who they follow and who else won’t be able to view it.

It was reported last month that the company was working on a new private newsletter feature, a one-to-many tool for disseminating information.

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WhatsApp To Launch New Feature Soon To Edit Message

After Twitter and Telegram already have enabled the edit feature for sent messages, WhatsApp is now preparing to launch a similar feature for its iOS and Android users. The famous chatting app company is continuously working on a new feature that will facilitate users to edit their messages after they are sent.

This feature is currently under development for beta versions of WhatsApp for Android and desktop. According to WaBetaInfo’s latest report, the iOS version also gets the same treatment.

The report said that the new feature allows users only 15 minutes to edit their messages after they are sent. Edited messages will be marked with an “Edited” label within the chat bubble. Initially, the feature will be available only for text messages, but an improved version is expected to support editing options for documents, images, and videos.

The feature is highly expected by WhatsApp users, who have been requesting the ability to edit messages for a long time. Currently, the only way to correct an error in a sent message is to choose the “Delete for Everyone” option. Actually, there is no message editing option now. With the launching of the new editing feature, users can quickly and easily fix typos and errors in their messages.

Along with making the app more functional for users, the new edit feature is also expected to make WhatsApp more competitive with other messaging apps that already have this feature, such as Telegram and iMessage.

The release date of this feature for the public is unknown. However, it is under testing.

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