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5 New WhatsApp Features You Should Know About

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WhatsApp is the world’s most-used messaging app. A recent survey on internet trends in India ranked the app as the most-downloaded Android app in India. Though there is no similar data available for iPhone users in the country, the usage pattern is likely to be same on Apple’s devices too. The popular chat app also keeps getting updates that new updates regularly that further enhances its utility for us. Here are five such updates that Facebook-owned WhatsApp got recently.

The leading application in instant messaging is constantly being updated to be with the trends and demands of the users. Over the past few months, we have seen some of the new features introduced by the WhatsApp. The instant messaging apps keep getting updates in regular intervals. Here we are going to share five such updates that Facebook-owned WhatsApp got recently.

1. Pinned chats

Pinned chats
Pinned chats

WhatsApp recently got one of the most-awaited feature — Pinned chats. As the name suggests, the new chat-pinning feature allows makes it easier for users to pin important chats on the top of the conversation list. The instant messaging application WhatsApp now allows you to pin your favorite chats at the top of the main window. You just need to long press the chat and you will see the ‘Pin’ icon located on the top. Once a conversation is pinned, it stays on the top of the list even after new messages are received. Users can pin up to three individual or group chats on the top a conversation list. To pin a chat, users just need to tap and hold a chat, and then tap the pin icon placed next to the delete, mute and archive options.

2. Two Step Verification

Two Step Verification
Two Step Verification

Another new feature that WhatsApp got this year is the two-step verification. The feature, which was under beta testing since past few months, has been rolled out to Android, iOS and Windows Phone users. his two-factor authentication feature prompts a user for a static six-digit passcode every time you register any new phone to the existing account. Almost all technology companies like Apple, Google, Instagram, Twitter have introduced two-factor authentication for security of their users.

3. Siri can read your WhatsApp messages

Read Out Loud By Siri
Read Out Loud By Siri

Yes, Apple’s voice assistant Siri can now read your WhatsApp messages for you. This feature actually comes in Version 2.17.20 of the app and it needed iOS 10.3 or later to work. Siri is Apple’s voice assistant and it can read your WhatsApp messages aloud.

4. Text status is back

Text status is back
Text status is back

After backlash from many users, WhatsApp brought back its text Status feature after popular demand. Well, the feature is now called “About and phone number” which users can access by going to their profile tab into settings. Earlier this year, the company had replaced the text status feature with another similar one called ‘Status’ that allowed users to add images, videos and GIFs as their status.

5. New Video-Call Button

New Video-Call Button
New Video-Call Button

Well, users needed to tap on the call button first and then choose between voice and video calls. However, the new update adds the separate button for Voice and video calls. This makes it easier to initiate calls. The company recently announced that India is the top country in the world to use its video-calling feature. In a statement, the company said that a total of 50 million-plus video calling minutes per day are recorded by WhatsApp in India. This is highest among all other countries where the messaging app is used.

So, these are the five best new features that Facebook-owned WhatsApp got recently. Update your old WhatsApp to get all of this new features. Thank you.

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