WhatsApp is working and testing a number of features for both Android and iOS. The top updates currently on the list include view once, multi-device support, disappearing mode and new archive. Read on to know more about the upcoming WhatsApp features.
WhatsApp already has a Disappearing Messages feature, and it is now planning to expand this ability. In an interview with WaBetaInfo, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that WhatsApp can roll out disappearing mode which will enable disappearing messages for all chats at once. When you turn on disappearing mode, the disappearing messages feature will be enabled for all your WhatsApp chats. Currently, you need to turn on the disappearing feature manually (for each chat).
View Once feature
Zuckerberg also confirmed that WhatsApp has plans to add a ‘view once’ feature. As the name suggests, this feature will let you view content only once. It will work for photos and videos on WhatsApp. So, if you send a photo or video to someone it will disappear from the chat when the recipient has seen it. Do note that people can still take screenshots before the photo or video disappears. This feature will not be turned on by default.
Review voice message
WhatsApp is now working on letting users review voice messages before sending them. At present, once you’re done recording a voice message, it gets sent immediately without you being able to listen to it. After that you can only delete the voice message if there’s anything wrong with it. The new feature will allow you to listen to the voice message before sending it.
WhatsApp has been testing multiple device support for months, and it finally confirmed it will be arriving soon. On Tuesday, WhatsApp feature leaker WABetaInfo revealed that the messaging app’s multi-device mode will also work with end-to-end encryption.
This feature will let you log in to your WhatsApp account on more than one device at the same time. Once the same account is logged into another device, it will automatically log out of the first device. This feature will also bring support for WhatsApp on the iPad.
Currently, users can log in to their WhatsApp account on a single device.
Join Missed group calls
WhatsApp is also reportedly working on a feature that will allow you to join group calls that you might have missed. In simpler terms, if someone invites you to join a group call and you aren’t able to join in at that moment, then you will still have option to join later if the call hasn’t ended. This feature was previously spotted on the beta version of Android in October 2020 and now, now it is being for iOS users.
WhatsApp Read Later
Lastly, Whatsapp is also working on a ‘Read Later’ feature, as per a recent report by WaBetaInfo. The feature will replace the existing Archived Chats feature and will not bring back the archived chats on the top of the messaging app.
Currently, when you archive any chat in WhatsApp, the app hides it in the archive section. However, when a new message arrives, the archived chat automatically pops up on top. With its Read Later feature, WhatsApp wants to end these interruptions.