WhatsApp features in 2021
1. Instagram Reels Integration
Ever since the short video-making apps started gaining popularity across the globe, there has been a surge in such app. Facebook also launched Instagram Reels which is inspired by the same concept. Now, it is being reported that Facebook is planning to integrate Instagram reels into WhatsApp.
Maybe the reels will be completely new on WhatsApp and will take place of WhatsApp status, or it will be linked to a person’s Instagram profile and show the reels tab in WhatsApp. We will know this once the update rolls out in the beta version.
2. WhatsApp Images Disappearing Feature
You can already send disappearing messages in WhatsApp which only included text messages as of now. So the messaging platform is now planning to bring the ability to send disappearing media as well. With this feature, you will be able to send the self-destructing photos and videos on WhatsApp.
WaBetaInfo reports that the feature is being tested for both Android and iOS platforms and soon it will be rolled out for all users. As per reports, you won’t be able to save disappearing media on your phone and neither be able to forward these photos to others.
Read more | How to Send Disappearing Photos on WhatsApp
3. Multi-device Support
As of now, there’s no way to use the same WhatsApp number on two or more devices at the same time. We do have WhatsApp Web, however, you will need your phone for this to log on to your account on another device. Also, it allows only one additional device and you can use it on either your secondary phone or PC.
So WhatsApp is now working on a Multi-device support feature which is supposed to be released in the Beta version soon.
The above screenshot by WABetaInfo shows that with the new multi-device feature, WhatsApp will show a page with a “Log in on a new device” message and you might be able to do this remotely on any other device.
4. WhatsApp Audio Message Fast Forward
As of now, when we send or receive an audio message, we can hear it at its normal speed. Sometimes when a message is too long, it might eat our precious time while we are listening to it. Now, WhatsApp is bringing the ability to fast-forward audio messages. With the new update, you will be able to listen to the audio messages with 1.5x or 2x speed.
Also, read | Listen to Whatsapp Voice Messages Before Sending
5. Read Later and Vacation Modes
You might have heard of the WhatsApp Archive feature, which lets us hide our chats and we can read those later at any time. Now, WhatsApp is going to rename this feature as “Read Later” and it will be combined with a new vacation mode.
So, when you put your number to “Vacation mode” you will not receive any messages directly in your inbox and they will go to the “Read later” option which you can read anytime you want. You will also be able to select some contacts like family and friends that will still be able to send you messages in your inbox.
6. Join Group Missed Call
As per the latest reports, WhatsApp is also planning to improve its Group calling feature. The company might bring a feature that will allow you to join the group video or audio calls that you have missed.
For example, if someone has invited you to join a group call and you couldn’t join at that moment, you can then join the ongoing call in between. As per WABetaInfo, the ‘Join Missed Call’ feature will have two options- ignore and miss.
7. More Control Over Last Seen
WhatsApp is also working on a new feature that will let you share your last seen status with select people. This feature is not available as of now and you will have to delete some contacts and then select “My contacts” only or “Nobody” in Last seen settings. But the messaging platform has now been working on improving the functionality of this feature in order to give users more control over their privacy settings. The feature hasn’t arrived on the beta version yet and is expected soon.
8. Move WhatsApp chats b/w Android & iOS
Facebook will soon allow the ability to move your chats from Android to iOS and vice-versa. As of now, there is no direct way to move your WhatsApp chats to another platform. Some third-party apps let you do that but as per WhatsApp, this is not legal.
But with this new upcoming feature, you will be able to move your WhatsApp chats from Android to iOS or from iOS to Android. This will be very helpful for users who switch their smartphones and due to limited data sharing options of these two platforms, lose their chats.
These are some upcoming WhatsApp features that will come soon on your Android smartphone or iPhone. Which of these features are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments! For more such articles, stay tuned!