From avatars to hiding online status—list of top new upcoming WhatsApp features
- WhatsApp is planning to bring Avatars similar to Facebook and Instagram.
- Some of the features are already being tested by beta users.
- Here's a breakdown of the top upcoming WhatsApp features in 2022.
If you’re a regular WhatsApp user, keeping tabs on the latest updates and upcoming features is worth keeping tabs on.
This article looks at expected WhatsApp features to launch by the end of 2022. Our list also includes several under-development features that have been spotted by the community or so.
View status updates on Windows
WhatsApp keeps working on Windows native app by introducing already available features on the WhatsApp Desktop app. Recently, Meta has dropped a new update for WhatsApp for Windows that allows beta users to view status updates.
The updates come with a button which is available within the chat list that redirects the users to the list of all status updates.
View status updates within the chat list
When a contact uploads a new status update, it will also be visible within the chat list; you have to just tap on their profile picture to view the status update.
Undo delete message
As you can see in the screenshot above, the message pop-ups when you attempt to delete a message. According to the wabetainfo user will have a few seconds to recover the message if they wanted to delete it for everyone.
Since the launch of Avatars over Facebook and Instagram, we may soon see Avatar on WhatsApp. According to wabetainfo, an instant messaging app is planning to introduce avatars. By using them, you may be able to use an avatar as a mask while making the video call and as a sticker.
According to the WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update, you can customize your avatar, similar to Facebook.
Unread chat filter
WhatsApp has already rolled out the ability to filter unread chats on WhatsApp Desktop beta, and now the company is planning to release the same for
AdvertisementWith this new update, users can filter their chats by showing the ones that only contain new messages.
Soon WhatsApp users will be able to use eight emojis to react to status updates (Face with Tears of Joy, Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes, Face with Open Mouth, Party Popper, Clapping Hands, Crying Face, Folded Hands and Hundred Points).
Currently, the feature is under development, but we don’t know when WhatsApp plans to release this feature.
Larger group size
Currently, WhatsApp allows 256 people in a group, but the company has a plan to increase the group limit to 512 people. This is a relief for admins and users who wanted to add more people to the group discussion also, with this new update, WhatsApp will come one step closer to Telegram. In Telegram, the admin can add 100,000 people using ‘Supergroups.’
More participants in voice calls
WhatsApp has announced that the company will increase the group call limit to 32 people. Currently, the company is only allowing eight people in a group call. Again this update will bring WhatsApp close to other chat apps like Telegram, which has no limit on the number of people in a group voice chat.
Ability for admins to delete unwanted messages in group
With this feature, the group admin can delete problematic messages from the group chat. Once the admin deletes the message, it won’t be available to any group member.
Companion Mode - multi-device sync
The WhatsApp Companion Mode will allow users to link a secondary mobile device to their existing WhatsApp account, including tablets. Currently, users can only link the existing WhatsApp account to a desktop using Web WhatsApp.
Increased time limit for deleting sent messages
WhatsApp is planning to increase the time limit for deleting the sent messages. Currently, users can delete the sent messages within the time limit of 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 16 seconds.
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