WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta and has over 2 billion users worldwide, is releasing updates to its app that include several new useful features that were previously only available to beta users.
1. One of the new features is the ability to pause and resume voice recordings, which is one of the new changes.
According to the Insider website WABetaInfo, this feature will benefit those who are frustrated with having their voice notes interrupted by incoming phone calls and having to restart or record their messages in segments.
Furthermore, before sending the voice note, you will be able to listen to it, delete it, or continue recording it.
You’ll be glad to know that this feature is simple to use, as users will only have to swipe up from the microphone button to lock a recording.
WhatsApp will display a pause button to the left of the send button, which you can use to temporarily pause the recording.
When you’re ready to proceed, tap the microphone button once more. They can also preview their recorded message before sending it by pressing the left-hand play button.
2. WhatsApp is working on a feature that will enable you to transfer your chat history from Android to iOS and vice versa.
While users can already migrate their chat history from iOS to Samsung devices, this feature is expected to make it easier for users to manage their chat history if they switch operating systems.
iOS is expected to add chat history support to Android 12 devices at a later date.
3. The third major change that WhatsApp will implement is a new feature that will allow iOS users to respond to messages with an emoji, similar to its sister app Facebook Messenger.
This includes the ability to ‘like’ or ‘heart’ other users’ messages.
The feature is currently unavailable to WhatsApp’s larger user base, but it will most likely be made available in a future update.
4. WhatsApp is also working on security changes to make two-step verification easier for users to manage.
It will allow you to enable or disable two-step verification on the web/desktop client.
“This is critical, especially if you lose your phone and don’t remember your PIN.” Yes, you can restore it by requesting a reset link, but if you are temporarily unable to access your email account, this is a good solution,” WABetaInfo explained.