WhatsApp is the most popular chat application. Initially released in 2009, it’s known to be used by over 2 billion people in the world. Because of its end-to-end encryption feature, the App has earned a good reputation for being secure, safe, and private. The end-to-end encryption feature allows files and messages to be exchanged privately, and only between the sender and the receiver. Recently I’ve been seeing the App getting new updates constantly and the question is, should we expect more changes?
WhatsApp’s eight major app changes have been revealed. Firstly, the time to unsend messages has been extended to two days, users who are group admins can now unsend texts sent by group members, WhatsApp will now be announcing when a phone number is shared with a business, and users will have the ability to send messages to themselves from linked devices, etc. We will discuss the rest of the eight changes below.
Users should note that the new eight changes are trailed in the “beta” test version of WhatsApp initially, but some are currently available with the latest WhatsApp application update.
To see these changes, you have to join theWhatsApp Beta and it’s an easy process. Firstly, you need to download the WhatsApp beta for your Smartphone. To do this, go to the Google play store and search for WhatsApp. Scroll down the page and you’ll see a “Become a Beta Tester Option”. Tap the “I’m in” button and then finally tap “Join” to confirm.
Your WhatsApp application will then update to the beta version of the application. A friend of mine uses an iPhone and I’ve realized that the process of joining WhatsApp beta with an iPhone is quite different and difficult. But there’s a guide for iPhone users and you can find it easily here.
WhatsApp Major Changes in Detail
These major changes to WhatsApp aim to improve functionality and user experience and both iOS and Android versions of the WhatsApp application will receive a range of new tools and improved functionality.
Well, I think it would be best to discuss these WhatsApp major changes in detail so you can have a better understating of them and know what to expect. Here are the changes in detail below:
1. The time to unsend messages has been extended to two days
This feature is live now and is amazing. I love how I can now send a message and deleted it after several hours and know that the recipient will not see it. This feature is by far my favorite, i tend to send messages to the wrong people, so being able to finally unsend it cool.
2. WhatsApp group admins can now unsend messages sent by members
Group admins on WhatsApp will now be able to completely delete or unsend messages sent by members of the group. This feature is also awesome, especially for those who have groups for important functions, businesses, etc. They will now have the ability to delete any unwanted messages sent by members.
3. Users can now submit bug reports inside WhatsApp
When using WhatsApp, there are many challenges we can face. With the new report bug feature, WhatsApp will be able to diagnose the problem. By choosing the option “Contact us” on WhatsApp, we can report bugs to the WhatsApp support system. According to research, the WhatsApp team is currently working on having an improved and effective report bug section.
4. WhatsApp will now be announcing when a phone number is shared with a business
This is a very important feature for individuals who use WhatsApp to run their businesses.
5. WhatsApp will have the ability to send messages to yourself from a linked device
The WhatsApp team is currently working on a feature that will allow users to send messages to themselves from a linked device. This is a very cool feature and according to beta WhatsApp, this feature will be available to users soon. I myself look forward to it because it’s a huge step up for us users.
6. In-app surveys to submit feedback
There could be some features we don’t like on WhatsApp or certain experiences we face that are uncomfortable. This in-app survey to submit the feedback will be a great platform to communicate.
7. The ability for WhatsApp businesses to assign certain chats to specific linked devices
This is also another cool feature users should look forward to which will be available soon.
8. An in-app shop where you can make purchases inside WhatsApp
According to beta WhatsApp, we will soon have an in-app platform where we can make purchases inside the WhatsApp application. This will make it become another business platform where people can communicate with customers.
According to research, WhatsApp will continue to improve and have new features for its users. And the security will continue to tighten so that users continue to use the application without any complications. The world’s most trusted chat application will still remain above others.