WhatsApp this week: Two long-awaited features, UI enhancements, and more

    Some of the features that will be available in WhatsApp in coming days include multi-device support, new chat bubble colour and a redesigned menu.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Jun 14 2020, 13:57 IST
    Users in future will be able to use their WhatsApp accounts via four devices.
    Users in future will be able to use their WhatsApp accounts via four devices. (Pixabay)
    Users in future will be able to use their WhatsApp accounts via four devices.
    Users in future will be able to use their WhatsApp accounts via four devices. (Pixabay)

    WhatsApp is constantly working on adding new features to its platform. Last week got to know about a bunch of new features that will be making their way to the company's Android and iOS-based apps in the coming days.

    From multi-device support, a functionality that has been in the works for quite some time now, to a redesigned menu in the iOS-based app, here are all the features that are expected to arrive in the app in the coming days:

    Contacts Shortcut

    WhatsApp is working on adding a contacts shortcut feature on its iOS based app. This feature will essentially allow users to access their WhatsApp contacts when they want to share a link from another app with their friends and family via the messaging app. Furthermore, if a contact changes their profile picture, it will automatically be updated in the Share Sheet. This feature is available in WhatsApp beta for iOS version 2.20.70.18 and 2.20.70.19 on iOS 13.

    Redesigned menu

    This feature will be available in the version of WhatsApp running on iOS 12. In iOS 13, when a user long presses on a message that they have shared, they see a long menu showing options such as Star, Reply, Copy, Forward, Info and Delete. However, in the version of the app running on iOS 12, the app clubs the Delete and Info option in the More section of the menu. Now, the app is working on bringing an iOS 13-like menu to the app running on iOS 12.

    Search by Date

    WhatsApp is planning to add a functionality to its iOS-based app that will enable users to search for a specific message by date. The app will show a date picker in the search bar when they search for a message in the app. This feature, as per a report by WABetaInfo, is in the alpha stage of development.

    Redesigned Storage Usage

    WhatsApp is planning to revamp the Storage Usage section in its Android app. As a part of the revamp, users will be able to view only forwarded files within the app. WhatsApp will also show large files separately within the updated section.The section will also get a Sort button that will enable users to sort through files based on Newest, Oldest and by Size.

    Clear except Starred

    This feature will allow users to delete all messages in a chat or within the app while saving the messages that have been starred by the user. This feature is also in the alpha stage of development.

    Share Chat

    This feature will enable users to view videos by ShareChat directly within the app just like they view YouTube videos within the app. This feature is being developed for the company's Android based app.

    Search image on the web

    As the name suggests, this feature will allow users to look for an image on the web. When an image is forwarded more than four times, WhatsApp will replace the forward button with the Search on the Web button. Users will then be able to look for an image on the web by searching for it on Google. This feature is currently in the works for the company's Android and iOS-based apps.

    New chat bubble colour

    WhatsApp is planning to change the colour of the chat bubbles in the dark mode. The company as per the blog site is planning to use a lighter shade of green compared to the one that is available right now.

    Multi-device support

    It has long been known that WhatsApp is planning to add multi-device support to the app. Now word is that the company will allow users to access their accounts from four different devices connected to a similar Wi-Fi network.

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    First Published Date: 14 Jun, 13:55 IST
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