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WhatsApp pin messages feature for individual, group chats introduced; Know how to use it

In its latest release, WhatsApp pin messages feature for individual as well as group chats has been rolled out by Meta Platforms, allowing users to not only pin chat windows but also messages. Know all about this feature and learn how to use it.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Dec 13 2023, 11:58 IST
Meta AI is here: Know how to talk to the chatbot on WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook
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1/6 In September 2023, Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, made a big announcement that it was adding its own native AI chatbot called Meta AI to all of its messaging services. As a result, the chatbot was added to Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct Messages (DM), and WhatsApp. In September, Meta AI was released in a limited capacity as part of its beta testing, but now it is available to users in the US. (Meta)
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2/6 Meta AI is an integrated chat experience. You can have an individual conversation with it as well as have it pop up in group conversations to help out with a various things. Meta AI is multimodal, so alongside text responses, it can also generate images from simple text prompts. All you have to type is “@MetaAI /imagine” followed by your prompt. (REUTERS)
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3/6 What is interesting about Meta AI is that it has also added a bunch of different personalities that you can interact with. These show up as profiles on Facebook Messenger and Instagram. All you have to do is click on them and speak with their AI replicas. Some of the notable people with Meta AI persona include Charli D’Amelio as Coco, Dance enthusiast, MrBeast as Zach, Paris Hilton as Amber, Tom Brady as Bru, and more.  (Meta)
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4/6 Meta AI can also recommend Reels. This is a new feature which was announced on December 6. Users can go to Meta AI ask it to show Reels for a particular theme and the chatbot will deliver.  In a blog post, the company said, “Say you’re planning a trip to Tokyo with friends in your group chat, you can ask Meta AI to recommend the best places to visit and share Reels of the top sites to help you decide which attractions are must-sees”. (Meta)
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5/6 Another new feature introduced is called ‘reimagine’ which will be available only in group chats. This is how it works: Meta AI generates and shares the initial image you requested, then your friend can press and hold on the picture to riff on it with a simple text prompt and Meta AI will generate an entirely new image.  (Meta)
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6/6 Apart from this, Meta is working on a number of other features which are currently in testing phase. “We’re exploring ways for you to use AI to help you create the perfect birthday greeting to share with your bestie, edit your own Feed posts, draft a clever introduction for your Facebook Dating profile or even set up a new Group”. Additionally, Meta is also testing a feature that will let users see highlights of the conversations in group chats that they missed out on. (Meta)
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Know how to use WhatsApp pin messages in individual and group chats. (Pixabay)

WhatsApp has rolled out a myriad of new features lately. Last month, it introduced a Discord-like voice chat feature where users can join a voice chat anytime to start a conversation. Moreover, the ‘View once' feature was expanded to voice messages too. And just a week ago, we learned that iPhone users can now "easily send original quality media as a file”, providing an alternative to the default compressed approach. These are just some of the features that have arrived on the instant messaging platform, with several more in the pipeline, including alerts for WhatsApp channels, and a reply bar for status updates. Now, in a new development, WhatsApp has also rolled out the pin messages feature for individual as well as group chats, allowing users to not only pin chat windows but also messages. Know all about this feature and learn how to use it.

WhatsApp pin messages feature: What is it?

Until now, WhatsApp allows users to pin important chats at the top for easy access. However, if a message needed to be highlighted, the only method was to add it to starred messages. But now, the instant messaging platform has rolled out the pin messages feature. With it, WhatsApp users can pin one message to the top of a chat which will then appear as a banner. You can select how long the message will stay pinned with options like 24 hours, 7 days, or 30 days.

To navigate to the message in the chat, users simply need to tap on the message banner at the top of WhatsApp. This feature is available in both for individual and group chats.

How to pin a message in individual chat on WhatsApp

1. To pin a message in an individual chat, open WhatsApp and then the chat you wish to pin a message at the top of.

2. Tap and hold on to the message. Android users can tap on the three dots while iPhone users can tap on More options.

3. Tap Pin and select the pin duration from options like 24 hours, 7 days, or 30 days. The message will now be pinned at the top of the chat.

In group chats, the group admins can allow users to pin messages at the top of the WhatsApp group chat. Here's how to do it.

How to allow users to pin message in a group chat on WhatsApp

1. To allow users to pin a message in a group chat, open WhatsApp and then the group chat.

2. Android users can tap on the three dots while iPhone users need to tap on Group Info.

3. Select Group Settings and then choose between the All members or Only Admins options. That's it. Users can now pin messages to the group chat depending on which option the admins select.

WhatsApp says when you pin a message in a group chat, a system message is shared with everyone in the chat indicating that a message was pinned and who pinned it. Users can't see a pinned message if they join a group after a pinned message is sent if they lost or cleared their chat history, or if they deleted the message before it was pinned.

How to unpin a message

1. To unpin a message, open WhatsApp and enter the chat you wish to unpin the message on.

2. Android users can tap and hold on the message while iPhone users can tap on More options.

3. Select Unpin, and then again Unpin. That's it. The message will now be unpinned from the chat.

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First Published Date: 13 Dec, 11:58 IST
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