Every couple of months, the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform refreshes and revamps the user experience by introducing a new set of features. These new features are first tested in beta mode and almost all of them to reach the end user. Here we list out 6 new features that may change the way you use WhatsApp:
1. To keep your chats more secure
Already available for iPhone users, this feature was also seen in the testing phase for Android users on beta version 2.19.83. This feature will allow users to add a security layer to the app and will open only according to the settings you have selected. After enabling it, you can configure when the authentication feature should lock the app — Immediately, After 1 minute, After 10 minutes or after 30 minutes.
2.Blocking the option of taking chat screenshots
In what can easily be called as one of the biggest change that is yet to come to WhatsApp, the instant messaging app will block users to take screenshots of chats, if they enable biometric authentication. This was spotted in WhatsApp beta version 2.19.106.
3.Dark mode for better ‘visibility’
A much-awaited feature on WhatsApp, the dark mode was last seen in WhatsApp Beta version 2.19.87. This mode has been seen on various windows of the instant messaging app including main settings, account settings, chats settings, notification settings, and data and storage usage settings.
4. Stickers are also set to get better
Animated stickers that work sort of like GIFs have been spotted in WhatsApp. These stickers can be included in an existing stickers pack. This feature has allegedly been spotted in all three operating systems — Android, iOS, and Web.
5. Archived Chats may become simpler
WhatsApp is said to be working on adding an option that will allow its users the control whether chats get unarchived when a new message arrives. Currently, when you archive a chat, WhatsApp automatically unarchives it once a new message arrives from that chat. This was spotted in WhatsApp Beta version 2.19.101.
6.More options in emojis
Soon, WhatsApp will replace the current emojis sticker in the doodle picker to make way their official emojis. This means that the current emojis that you get while sending any image to contact, will be replaced by the ones you see on your keyboard. This was spotted in the WhatsApp Beta version 2.19.110.