New features you can try on WhatsApp

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09 Jun 2019

5 new features you can try on WhatsApp

Today, WhatsApp dominates as an unmatched player in the messaging arena; it serves over a billion users thanks to its simple UI and security features.

But, in order to maintain this user-base and stay ahead of the competition, the Facebook-owned company has also been pushing some useful new capabilities both through beta and stable releases.

Let's take a look at some of them.

Feature #1

Group privacy controls to prevent unwanted blocking

Group privacy controls to prevent unwanted blocking

Group privacy control is probably one of the best features released by WhatsApp (stable) in the last few months.

The option, accessed from the privacy tab in account settings, lets you block unwanted people from adding you into groups.

You can pick anyone between 'everybody, my contacts, and nobody' to define who could add you into groups.

Feature #2

Biometric security to keep WhatsApp locked

WhatsApp has also added biometric authentication, a way to lockdown the messaging app and prevent third-party access.

The feature is already available for iPhone users who can use Face ID/Touch ID on their devices, while the Android version is in beta.

Notably, the capability will also let you choose when the app would lock: immediately after use or after 1, 10, 30 minutes.

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Feature #3

Send 30 audio files at once

Send 30 audio files at once

This particular feature rolled out with WhatsApp beta version 2.19.89, gives users a new interface for sending audio files.

Basically, unlike the current audio sharing interface, the new UI from WhatsApp lets you send as many as 30 audio files at once.

Plus, you can see the album art associated with every audio selected and a button to play/pause it before sending.

Feature #4

Dark mode for better experience, battery saving

WhatsApp has also released a dark mode for the messaging app, but you'll need its latest Android beta (v2.19.87 or newer) to try it.

The feature recolors the app and most of its pages, including those chats and settings, with a dark grey shade.

This way, you can save battery and using the app becomes much more convenient, especially at night.

Feature #5

In-app browsing capabilities

In-app browsing capabilities

WhatsApp's Android beta version 2.19.74 also gives a glimpse of an in-app browser.

The feature, as the name suggests, lets users open links within WhatsApp itself, instead of redirecting the user to a third-party browser like Chrome or Opera.

The capability is similar to how links open within the Facebook app and certainly enhances your WhatsApp experience.

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I have updated my WhatsApp but I don't see any darkmode option in it.

Asked 2019-06-10 12:53:57 by Hayrus Aleen

Answered by NewsBytes

The option is available in beta. The stable release will come in the coming months.

How to know someone last seen on whatsapp

Asked 2019-06-09 23:26:59 by tejaswi panwar

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Both parties would have to keep their last seen option on to see each other's last seen times.

How to activate dark mode in Android version

Asked 2019-06-09 18:27:27 by Manivannan.T.A

Answered by NewsBytes

As of now, the dark mode has only been tested in beta. The stable release is yet to come.

Link for beta version of what'sapp

Asked 2019-06-09 12:37:52 by Amulya Ammu

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You can become a beta tester by heading over to https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.whatsapp/join

I want to use biometric lock how can I use

Asked 2019-06-09 12:21:41 by Sandeep Gowda B

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As of now, the feature can only be used on iOS devices by heading over to Settings ->Account -> Privacy -> Screen Lock. The capability should come on Android too very soon.

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