This latest update of WhatsApp brings improved wallpapers and sticker search to the app owned by Facebook and used by more than 2 billion people.
The most noticeable change is the custom chat wallpaper backgrounds. “Make your chats personal and distinct by using custom wallpaper for your most important chats and favorite people, and you’ll never have to worry about sending the wrong message to the wrong chat again,” said Facebook in an email sent to The edge.
Separate wallpapers can also be chosen for light and dark mode settings. “Watch your chat wallpaper automatically switch as your phone settings change from light mode to dark mode,” Facebook says.
WhatsApp also makes the default doodle wallpaper available in more colors. All wallpapers can be toned down or lightened as you like.
Facebook is also improving sticker search, allowing users to search and find their stickers with text or emoji, or browse common sticker categories. However, the improvements won’t work without a few tweaks from the sticker makers. “As we begin to roll out this, we are encouraging sticker app makers to label their stickers with emojis and text in the future,” Facebook says, “so their stickers can be searched by users of. WhatsApp.”
Finally, the World Health Organization “Together at Home” sticker pack is now available as animated stickers. “Together at Home has been one of the most popular sticker packs on WhatsApp,” Facebook says, “and will now be even more expressive and useful in its animated form.”
Facebook says the updates are rolling out this week, although some iOS WhatsApp users have already seen them appear in the app.