WhatsApp, the global messaging giant, has been continuously innovating to improve its user experience. In 2023, a host of new features have been added to WhatsApp, aimed at enhancing user convenience, security, and overall interaction on the platform. Let’s delve into these new features and understand what they bring to the table.
One of the most significant updates is the ability to edit sent messages, a long-awaited feature that will provide users with a 15-second window to correct typos or add more details to their messages without having to delete them. To ensure transparency, any edited message will be marked with an “edited” label within its bubble.
Another feature that users can look forward to is the ability to pin messages within a chat window, applicable to both group and personal chats. The implementation of this feature means that users can quickly access specific messages, with a small icon on the chat bubble indicating that the message is pinned.
Expanded Duration Options for Disappearing Messages
WhatsApp is also set to roll out expanded duration options for disappearing messages. Users will soon have the ability to choose from durations ranging from 1 hour to 180 days, and even up to 1 year. The shorter durations could be useful for sensitive and confidential messages, while the longer ones can help manage storage over time.
View Once for Audio
In addition to the existing “view once” feature for images, WhatsApp is also introducing a “view once” feature for audio messages. These audio messages can be played only once, making it a useful feature for users who frequently send sensitive audio or for those who prefer additional control over their sent media.
Faster WhatsApp Windows App
Improvements are also on the horizon for the WhatsApp Windows app, with an update that has already begun rolling out. The new app allows users to add up to 32 people on video calls, taking full advantage of larger laptop screens, and promises a faster overall performance.
Usernames and Screen Sharing
WhatsApp is also working on introducing usernames and screen sharing features. The username feature, currently spotted in the Android beta version 126.96.36.199, will allow users to select a unique username attached to their account, potentially enabling users to find each other by their username instead of using a phone number. Importantly, conversations started using a username will continue to be end-to-end encrypted.
Screen sharing, another upcoming feature spotted in the Android beta version 188.8.131.52, will allow users to share the contents of their screen during video calls, with the application also recording the portion of the call that is shared.
Status Archive for Businesses
A “status archive” setting is being tested for businesses, enabling them to archive statuses after 24 hours and reshare them in the future. This feature, however, seems to be limited to businesses for the time being.