What’s New With WhatsApp
What’s New With WhatsApp – With over 1 billion users, it’s no surprise that WhatsApp has become one of the most popular and useful ways to connect with other people around the world. From sharing funny videos with your friends to organizing political protests in far-off countries, the app has made communication and connection easier than ever before, while still maintaining high levels of security and privacy. That’s why it was so surprising when Facebook acquired the company in 2014, especially considering that Mark Zuckerberg had previously criticized Facebook for being too invasive with user data!
send video messages
messaging app WhatsApp just rolled out a new feature that allows users to send one another short, one-to-one video messages. It’s a great way to communicate with friends, family and loved ones who live in other parts of the world, or who you don’t get to see in person very often. You can now snap up to 30 seconds of video on your phone, then send it as an attachment through messaging app, where it’ll be delivered to your recipient within seconds.
group video calls
It was already possible to have group calls with up to four people on WhatsApp, but now you can add up to five friends to a group call. It’s great for catching up with family overseas!
share documents, PDFs, and other files
If you need to share documents or files with someone, try using a service like Google Drive.
edit document in place
Starting today, you’ll be able to edit documents in place on WhatsApp Web. This means that you’ll no longer have to download a document to your phone, edit it and send it back; instead, you can now make changes directly on WhatsApp Web and send them for us all to see. More than just a new feature, editing documents in place represents an entirely new mindset—where we build features because they help you connect with those around you in powerful ways.
password protected groups
This new feature enables you to create and administer password-protected groups of up to 100 members. Admins can control who joins their group, who leaves it, and even who gets added as a member later on. And while members don’t need to enter a password to participate in a group chat (unless an admin requires them to), if they try to leave, they’ll be prompted for one first.
delete messages by owner before they’re seen by recipients (Coming Soon)
you can now delete messages from recipients before they’ve been seen; within seven minutes of sending a message, you’ll see a Delete for Everyone option if you’re an admin. If a message is already visible to its recipients, you’ll have to delete it manually for everyone. You’ll also be able to select multiple recipients before deleting messages—but if one person doesn’t see your message (and no one else does either), that message will be deleted on its own after 30 days.
lock message screen to secure the chat content from peeking eyes (Coming Soon)
Following up on end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp has implemented a new feature that lets you lock your message screen, preventing anyone from peeking at what you’re typing before you send it. The feature is still in beta and only available for Android devices, but you can enable it by going to Settings > Account > Privacy > Screen Lock. You can add an additional layer of security by using Touch ID or a pattern lock to open messages (make sure your device is unlocked first).
secure backup (Coming Soon)
Back up messages and media to Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive. Coming soon. Keep in mind that with WhatsApp backups you can only restore chats one by one.
block spam messages (Coming Soon)
In an update coming soon, you’ll be able to add a phone number of someone you don’t want to receive messages from. If that number tries to send you a message in WhatsApp, it will be blocked.