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28 May 2018

All the new WhatsApp features you should know about

Round up: New features introduced by WhatsApp

WhatsApp has been on a spree of rolling out new features on both iOS and Android and making the popular chat app more user-friendly.

While some of these features are being tested, some have already been officially launched.

The Facebook-owned platform boasts of over 1.5 million monthly active users worldwide.

Here are all the new features that WhatsApp recently introduced.

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Round up: New features introduced by WhatsApp
Video call three friends simultaneously on WhatsApp

Group video call

Video call three friends simultaneously on WhatsApp

WhatsApp's group video calling feature which was announced recently at the F8 developer conference has gone live for a limited set of users.

With it, a total of four people can participate in a single split-screen conference call over WhatsApp.

The feature is currently available on WhatsApp iOS build 2.18.52 and Android beta version 2.18.145+.

Group audio calls and Select All option

Notably, the group audio call feature has also been spotted on WhatsApp iOS. Further, WhatsApp has rolled out a Select All option, which lets users mark all messages as "read" with a single tap. You can also archive or delete all the chats at once.

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Admin-first features

Restricted Group and Demote as Admin features

WhatsApp has rolled out a new feature called "Restricted Group" which allows group chat admins to choose who can edit the group info: all members or only group admins. It also allows only admins to send messages in a group.

Further, WhatsApp has also rolled out its "Demote as Admin" feature which allows group chat admins to revoke the admin rights of other admins.

Media Visibility and New Contact

With the Media Visibility feature, users can choose if they want the media received on WhatsApp to be added to their phone's gallery or not. The New Contact feature allows users to save a new contact received on the app without having to leave it.

Slew of new group chat-focused features

Group Description

Slew of new group chat-focused features

"Group Description" allows WhatsApp users to add descriptions to group chats.

The "group catch up" feature lets users find those messages in which they have been mentioned or that are in reply to their messages by tapping on a new @ button.

Another functionality finally stops users from repeatedly getting added to the groups they have left.

In-app video playback for Facebook and Instagram

WhatsApp for iOS (version 2.18.51) allows iPhone/iPad users to watch Facebook and Instagram videos right within the app. Additionally, the update also brings a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you chat and navigate through WhatsApp while playing the video in a minimized bubble.

Click to Chat

Send messages to people without saving their number

Whatsapp has recently introduced a feature called "Click to Chat" which allows users to send messages to numbers that are not saved in their contact list.

With this feature, users will no longer have to first save unnecessary numbers to hold a one-time conversation.

Earlier, users had to compulsorily save a number in their phone book to talk to them on WhatsApp.

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How to get back deleted chat?

How can we retrieve the deleted chats without it being backed up? Sometimes we happen to delete imp chats unknowingly.

How to download somebody's status on WhatsApp?

Can I use one WhatsApp number on two phones?

Is there any online tool to send WhatsApp messages without saving number?

I can't find the 'click to chat' either on iPhone 6 or X. Is it enabled in India?

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How to get back deleted chat?

Asked on 29-05-2018 by vinita 26np

Answered by NewsBytes

You can get back your deleted chat if you have backed it up on your cloud-storage or phone. If you deleted any Chat history without backup, you can recover lost messages, attachments from WhatsApp's automatic backups. WhatsApp automatically makes backups every day at 4 AM (your local time) and stores them on your phone's memory or external microSD card of your Android phone. More.

How can we retrieve the deleted chats without it being backed up? Sometimes we happen to delete imp chats unknowingly.

Asked on 28-05-2018 by Seetu Jain

Answered by NewsBytes

If you deleted any Chat history or messages without backup, you can still recover lost messages, attachments from the WhatsApp automatic backups. WhatsApp automatically makes backups every day at 4 AM (your local time) and stores them on your phone's internal memory or external microSD card of your Android phone. For the steps that are to be followed, you can check this link.

How to download somebody's status on WhatsApp?

Asked on 28-05-2018 by Priyanshu Goyal

Answered by NewsBytes

WhatsApp doesn't allow you to save someone's status, still, there are some ways by which you can do so. You can download someone's status by accessing the hidden WhatsApp status folder, taking a screenshot or by using 3rd party apps. You can check this link, to know the steps and procedures.

Can I use one WhatsApp number on two phones?

Asked on 28-05-2018 by Punithrajmn18 Raj

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No, you cannot use one WhatsApp number on two phones as your WhatsApp account can only be verified with one number on one device. Although, you can use two WhatsApp number on one phone by creating a clone for WhatsApp.

Is there any online tool to send WhatsApp messages without saving number?

Asked on 28-05-2018 by Hemant Mendiratta

Answered by NewsBytes

WhatsApp's Click to Chat feature allows you to begin a chat with someone without having their phone number saved in your phone's address book. As long as you know this person's phone number, you can create a link that will allow you to start a chat with them. Click to Chat works on both your phone and WhatsApp Web. For instructions, check this link.

I can't find the 'click to chat' either on iPhone 6 or X. Is it enabled in India?

Asked on 28-05-2018 by Pradeep Bellavi

Answered by NewsBytes

To create your own link for 'Click to Chat', use https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone= followed by the person's full phone number in international format. Omit any zeroes, brackets or dashes when adding the phone number in international format. Please keep in mind that this phone number must have an active account on WhatsApp. For more information, check this link.

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