The most popular instant messaging service in the world, Whatsapp, which is owned by Meta, has recently added a variety of intriguing new features.
The new features provide customers with fresh and improved ways to connect and communicate with their loved ones, from enhancing functionality to enhancing privacy.
Newsbreak Nigeria brings the 8 recent additions to the messaging platform and how to use them.
1: Four phones can be used with one account
WhatsApp users can now utilize their account on up to four mobile devices at once, according to a recent announcement by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. You can now use the same WhatsApp account from up to four different phones, he announced in a post.
Although the multi-device capability has been accessible for some time, only PCs, tablets, or browsers could be used to access it. However, users can now utilize the capability to sign in to several phones, according to a report.
If you want to utilize one account to link all of your separate phones for your home, office, or company, this function will be helpful.
2: Conversations with password protection
Zuckerberg revealed this week that WhatsApp will now allow users to keep chats password-protected, making talks totally private. He claims that these talks won’t be displayed with the rest of your chats and would instead be kept secret in a password-protected folder.
Password-protected chat notifications do not show the substance of messages or even the sender’s name.
In order to assist users in identifying probable spam calls made over the internet, Truecaller will soon begin making its caller identification service available across WhatsApp and other messaging apps, the company told Reuters on Monday.
Later this month, the functionality, which is now in beta, will go global.
According to a 2021 research by Truecaller, telemarketing and fraud calls are on the rise in nations like India, where users receive an average of 17 spam calls every month.
4: Saving messages that vanish
The ‘keep in chat’ tool, a brand-new feature, enables users to store any crucial messages that would otherwise be lost.
However, the sender will be informed if the recipient plans to save the communication. By exercising their right of veto in the notice, the sender retains ownership of the message.
The messages that have been “kept” will thereafter appear in a different list in the chat information named “Kept Messages.”
5: Leave group conversations without telling anyone
The app wants to provide users with a discreet option to leave groups without alerting other group members with this new function.
Previously, all members of a WhatsApp group received notification when a member left the chat. Following the privacy upgrade, only the group administrator will be informed of the departure, leaving the other members in the dark.
6: When you’re online, you can decide who can see you.
Users of WhatsApp will be able to choose which contacts can view them online. Users can prevent their contacts from seeing the ‘online’ indicator that shows on the chat if they do not want some (or most) of them to know that they are currently using a platform.
7: Prevent screenshots on ‘view-once’ messages
View-once messages are texts you can send on WhatsApp that get deleted after they are viewed by the receiver.
With this privacy update, receivers will not be able to take screenshots of videos or photos sent using the view-once feature.
8: Emojis that move
Not enough emojis? According to the statement, the social media messaging app is working on an animated emoji feature.
The new function seeks to enhance communication and make sharing messages more enjoyable in order to improve user experience.
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