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WhatsApp releases new camera shortcut; Know who can get it and how

WhatsApp has released a new camera shortcut in Android beta. Check all the latest details here.

| Updated on: Sep 09 2022, 17:34 IST
WhatsApp trick: Send WhatsApp message without saving contact number on phone
1/7 WhatsApp allows users to message unsaved contacts through chat links and more. Here’s how you can do it. (Reuters)
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2/7 You can send WhatsApp message without saving contact number on phone easily. You can message unsaved contacts on WhatsApp through browser links. (Bloomberg)
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3/7 To message an unsaved contact, open your browser and tap on the address bar. Type https://wa.me/phonenumber in the address bar, while including the phone number in the “phone number” section. (Pixabay)
4/7 Do note that you need to add the country code (without the + symbol) for this to work. Here’s an example: https://wa.me/919876543210. As you can see, the 91 is India's country code placed before the 10 digit phone number. (Pixabay)
5/7 Ensure that the link is typed in the address bar. The link doesn’t work if the link is copied and pasted. (Pixabay)
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6/7 When you proceed further, a continue chat option will come. Tap on Continue and the chat will be opened. Now, you’re free to message any contacts, even those that aren’t saved on your phone. (HT_Print)
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7/7 Using this trick is useful for when you are talking to someone you do not plan to reach out again to, making it pointless to save the number, and at the same time you cannot ask them to text you first because of an awkward situation. (MINT_PRINT)
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WhatsApp new camera shortcut rolled out. (REUTERS)

WhatsApp has released a new camera shortcut on Android beta on Thursday as a replacement for the camera tab. The shortcut has been made available for the users who can create a community. However, due to a bug the camera shortcut was also visible to those people that still have the camera tab. In order to fix it, WhatsApp on Friday released the new beta update; however, the bug fix did not work the way it was actually supposed to! After the update the camera shortcut has been removed for beta testers that can create a community too along with those who cannot.

Informing about the same WABetaInfo said, "WhatsApp just released the new beta update: no further details were found in this version since it is a bug-fix update that exactly addresses this issue. In reality, we expected the new camera shortcut to be removed only for those users that can access it by using the camera tab but it has also been removed for those lucky beta testers that can create a community."

It can be known that the new camera shortcut will let people quickly open the camera when the camera tab is not available. In fact, the online messaging application is replacing the camera tab with the communities tab when the feature that allows to create a community is available.

WABetaInfo further informed that the fix is rolling out after installing the WhatsApp beta for Android update. "So be sure to update to this version if you see the camera shortcut and the camera tab," it said. It also added, "About the camera shortcut, we expect another future rollout without the bug at a later date."

Other than this, WhatsApp is also rolling out the ability to create a community for some beta testers. "In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android update, we shared news about communities, a new feature that lets us organize our related groups like the ones about neighborhoods and schools. This feature has been rolled out to some lucky beta testers on WhatsApp beta for Android and there is finally news about iOS beta today," WABetaInfo tweeted.

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First Published Date: 09 Sep, 17:34 IST