WhatsApp Gets 5 Features iPhone and Android Fans Have Been Waiting For – .

WhatsApp Gets 5 Features iPhone and Android Fans Have Been Waiting For – .

It has been a busy month for WhatsApp. Since July, the chat app has dropped several new features, some of which users have been waiting for a long time. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest updates and upgrades that are designed to make your life easier.

Reachable calls
Rolled out in late July, this feature provides a very useful addition to video and voice calling that allows users to jump into a chat once things have started. People who miss the start of a group video chat will be able to join at any time during the call – like in Zoom or Google Meet – or even leave and return whenever they want. Before that, letting someone new on a call meant hanging up and restarting the call for everyone, which was a bit of a pain.
To make it even smoother, WhatsApp added a new call info screen to show who is already calling and who has been invited but not yet joined. Anyone who presses the ignore button at the start of the call can simply join later from the Calls tab of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp explained, “In a time when so many of us are apart, there is nothing better than getting together on a group call with friends and family, and there is nothing worse than realizing that you missed a special moment.

Smart switch
Have you ever been frustrated while upgrading your phone by the difficulty of switching between Android and iOS? Operating systems make it as difficult as possible to reduce the number of users who leave the ship. However, WhatsApp has just announced a new feature to smooth the road.
Previously there was no way to move your chat history from one system to another. Years of chat history, data and photos could be lost. But this week, the Smart Switch feature debuted to give users an easy way to backup your chat history and files and transfer them to a new phone. It will arrive on all Samsung phones running Android 10 or higher in the coming weeks, followed shortly by all Android and iOS devices.

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Messages that disappear
Snapchat was the first to introduce photos and videos that can only be viewed once before disappearing. Now, WhatsApp has adopted the feature with its “Show Once” option. Photos and videos sent using this feature will be deleted immediately after being opened and viewed. WhatsApp says the feature will be useful for sending temporary information, like passwords. It’s also handy for those who don’t want all the shadow copies they send to stay on their friends’ hard drives indefinitely.

To send one of the disappearing messages, upload an image or video as usual. Then press the “1” button in the lower right corner to activate View Once mode.

Updating archived discussions

Finally, WhatsApp has made an important change to archived messages. Previously, users could choose to hide chats with groups or individuals from the main chats screen. But whenever someone replied to an archived conversation, it would immediately reappear. It wasn’t ideal if you were really trying to avoid irritating contact – like that bachelor party group chat that’s still over a year away.

With the new update, archived chats will stay safe in their own folder, even if someone sends a new message. And it couldn’t be easier to bring them back to the main chat screen through the Settings menu.

Phew. That’s a lot of features for a major app to roll out in a month. And the Facebook-owned company might not yet shut down. There are rumors that it is also planning to tackle another pet peeve shared by many users – image compression. According to reports, the app is testing an option to send high-resolution images to your friends and family.


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