WhatsApp features, and the latest update brings 5 new features, some
new, some migrated from the beta version. Head to the updated
sections below to see all the news on the latest WhatsApp update.
What’s new in the latest WhatsApp update? / © ANDROIDPIT
WhatsApp add rich text formatting, reply from notification shade, more
April 30, 2016: WhatsApp
has migrated several features from the beta version of WhatsApp to the
final version and added some previously unseen ones, too.
all users can now use and view bold, italic and strikethrough text. You
can use these with the following special characters: *bold*, _italics_
Rich text formatting has now moved from beta to final.. / © ANDROIDPIT
You can now also reply to messages quickly from within a
notification, set block colors as chat backgrounds, and tap the quick
camera button in a chat window to browse your camera roll.
Finally, there’s the option to archive, delete or mute multiple chats at once. A long press on a chat in the Chats tab
will select it, and then you can tap on other chats to select multiple
entries. The controls for archiving, deleting and muting remain the
If you’re fully up to date, your WhatsApp will be sitting on
version 2.16.57, but updates take a while to fully roll out sometimes,
so remain patient.
WhatsApp adds end-to-end encryption on all its platforms
April 5, 2016: Things
have been heating up in the tech security world, so it’s high time to
hop into the encryption pool. Following closely in the footsteps of
Apple’s conflict with the FBI over a locked iPhone belonging to one of
the San Bernardino gunmen and an almost entirely united front from the
tech world on the issue, WhatsApp has now expanded its end-to-end encryption across all its platforms, covering all forms of communication – voice calls, videos and chats involving multiple people.
Nietzsche demonstrates the message users now see, verifying their communication are encrypted. / © Open Whispher Systems
This move from WhatsApp results in extremely strong
protection for its users. And that’s end-to-end encryption for over one
billion people. let’s not forget. WhatsApp will no longer allow
unencrypted messages to be sent.
End-to-end encryption means that
any data transferred can be read only be the sender and the receiver. In
the space between them, the data is heavily encrypted. Even WhatsApp
employees couldn’t decipher the information if they wished to.
data does, however, remain unencrypted. The date and time stamp of
messages, as well as phone numbers, may still be gathered.
WhatsApp beta tests text formatting include bold and italics
March 11, 2016: The
latest beta version of WhatsApp has introduced bold and italics to the
text formatting options. By using asterisks on either side of a word
or phrase you can bold it and underscores can be used to add italics.
has extended the formatting to the notification shade bar, too, where
you will see senders’ names show up in bold and any formatting that has
been used in the message will be displayed.
This is currently only
in the beta version of the app, but a full rollout seems likely.
However, if you want to receive this feature now, along with future beta
versions of the app, then you can sign up to become a WhatsApp beta
WhatsApp gives the Settings screen a makeover
March 8, 2016:
WhatsApp has given its Settings menu a shakeup in this update. Not only
has it been changed aesthetically, but there are also some small
intuitive changes, too. For example, Account has been moved to the top of the list and Data Usage has received its own top-level option. The Payment info option has now, given the removal of a subscription fee, been dropped entirely from the menu. Also, on the Profile page, your picture will now appear in a circle, where normally it was a square.
The old (left) and new Settings menu. / © ANDROIDPIT
WhatsApp adds link copying, document sharing and granular chat clearing options
March 2, 2016: Throughout a spate of minor updates, WhatsApp has seen several new features added.
there is now the option to long press on a link to copy it. Previously,
this was a nuisance, as you had to copy the entire message within which
the link was contained and then paste that and edit it down to the
link. Now a simply long press lets you copy just the URL, as you would
normally do in every other app ever.
It’s now been made extremely easy to share documents (.pdfs) in a conversation. Just press the paperclip then Document and choose the file you wish to share.
the media page for a conversation, a new tab has also been added that
contains a history of all the documents that have been shared in a
conversation or group chat.
The final notable addition is granular
control over how much of a conversation you delete. Instead of just
clearing out a chat entirely, you can now choose whether to delete
everything or just messages older than 30 days, or messages older than
Two of the new features WhatsApp has seen added recently. / © ANDROIDPIT
WhatsApp finalizes update with new emoji, Google Drive backups and more
February 17, 2016: Although
almost of all of these features have been seen at some time or another
on a huge number of devices, it seems WhatsApp has now finalized the
addition of over 100 new emoji (as detailed below), Google Drive chat
log backups (as also detailed below), Marshmallow permissions (notably,
that WhatsApp will now ask when it wants to use your microphone, rather
than having permission to use it at all times), and support for Kazakh,
Tagalog, Uzbek, Marathi and Malayalam languages.
The version number for this update is 2.12.453.
WhatsApp drops subscription fee
January 18, 2016: WhatsApp announced, via its blog,
that it is starting to remove fees from all versions of the app and
will no longer be charging any money for use of the service. The change
may take a few weeks to come into effect for some users, and if you are
charged in the meantime, there is nothing for it but to pay.
reply to theoretical questions regarding the insertion of third-party
ads to make up for the loss of income, WhatsApp says it doesn’t plan to
introduce such a measure. Instead, the company has plans to allow
companies to pay to use the service to contact users directly, if users
consent to being contacted. WhatsApp gives the example of being able to
contact an airline regarding a delayed flight.
WhatsApp adds slew of new emoji
December 6, 2015: Version
2.12.374 saw the addition of a host of new emojis. To accommodate the
influx, WhatsApp also added several new category tabs: a bulb, flag,
football and beverage. Among the new emojis are the fabled unicorn, the
loathsome spider and the celebratory champagne bottle.
advantage of these new modes of expression by waiting patiently for the
update to automatically arrive via the Google Play Store, or download it
directly from APKMirror or WhatsApp.
WhatsApp lets you star messages to view later
November 3, 2015: Version 2.12.338
beta adds the ability to ‘star’ certain messages, so you can easily
locate and read them at a later point. This is particularly useful, and
arguably long overdue, given how long and confusing WhatsApp
conversations can get.
To use the feature, you will need to download the WhatsApp beta APK and
load it onto your phone. Then you can simply long-press on any message
and press the star icon that appears. All your starred messages are then
collated in their own dedicated starred messages section.
new beta version also includes support for document files, such as PDFs,
which you can also specifically search for now, too.
Download the latest version of WhatsApp from the official website.
You can now star messages, and view them on a separate screen. / © ANDROIDPIT
WhatsApp rich previews for URLs and extra ‘clear chat’ options
October 20, 2015: Version
2.12.323 brings URL previews, although they are limited to a small
image and a snippet of text, and currently only visible to the sender.
They aslo don’t work on image links – just regular URLs – so there’s
still plenty for WhatsApp to iron out. This feature is currently in the
beta version, so we’re sure there’ll be many more small updates in the
next few weeks, downloadable from the WhatsApp webpage or APK Mirror.
‘clear chat’ option in any chat window now has an expanded set of
options. Instead of just clearing the entire chat, you can now choose to
delete all messages, messages older than 30 days, or messages older
than six months.
WhatsApp now allows Google Drive backups
October 8, 2015: Version
2.12.306 of WhatsApp includes the ability to back up your WhatsApp chat
history, voice messages, photos, and videos to Google Drive. It had
been possible to make local backups for a while, but that didn’t help if
your phone was lost, stolen or broken. Now, you can back up
everything up to the cloud, in safely encrypted form, and easily restore
it all at any time. This feature is expected to take a few months to
roll out to all WhatsApp users, but keep an eye on the updates and you
should receive a prompt to set up the Google Drive backup once it’s
Mark WhatsApp messages as read/unread
August 25, 2015: You
also have the option to mark a conversation as read, without even going
into it. Simply long press the chat on the main screen and a pop up
menu will appear. right down the bottom you’ll see the option for ‘Mark
as Read’. You can do this in reverse too and long press to ‘Mark as
Unread’ so you don’t forget to return to a message later.
Simpy long-press an unread message to mark it as read. Long-pressing a read message marks it as unread. / © ANDROIDPIT
Use Google Now to send a WhatsApp message
July 29, 2015: This
isn’t strictly an update to the WhatsApp app, but it could affect how
you interact with it. You can now use a Google Now voice command to send
a WhatsApp message to one of your contacts, just say “Ok Google, send a
WhatsApp message to [contact name].” You will then be prompted to
dictate the message you want to send.
Alternatively, you can
record it all in one statement, such as “Ok, Google, send WhatsApp
message to Malcolm, I’m still in love with you,” or something else.
If you’re new to Google Now voice commands, hit the link to see a list of what else can be achieved with Google’s handy personal assistant.
You can now send WhatsApp messages with Google Now. / © ANDROIDPIT
WhatsApp calls low data usage
July 22, 2015: The
low data usage option can be found in the Chats and Calls menu within
WhatsApps settings. It affects how much mobile data is consumed during
WhatsApp calls. This could be an excellent addition for those who often
make calls using mobile data, although we don’t yet know to what extent
it reduces the data consumed.
Add custom notifications to WhatsApp contacts
July 22, 2015: Feel
free to add custom notifications to your contacts now too. Simply open a
contact’s profile page and you’ll see you’ve also got a setting for
Custom Notifications. Tap it and check the box to activate the options,
then choose custom notification sounds, notification colors, popup
actions and more.
Left: Chats and Calls menu with the low data usage settings. Right: new custom notifications for users. / © ANDROIDPIT
Mute groups and individual contacts
July 22, 2015: The
second new feature is housed in the notifications settings for
individual contacts. You can now customize the notification you receive
for each contact, its sound or LED color, for example, as well as
temporarily muting notifications from them. You can mute group chats,
too, by clicking on the three-dot option button at the top right and
This means that your phone won’t make a sound or vibrate, but you can still see their notifications, should you choose to.
To download the latest version of WhatsApp, hit the link.
You can now temporarily mute group chats and individual users. / © ANDROIDPIT
How do I update WhatsApp?
To download the latest version of WhatsApp, you can go through the Play Store, you can visit the WhatsApp update download page, or download the WhatsApp update APK through APK Mirror, where the latest version is always uploaded.
Have you got the latest version of WhatsApp? What do you think of it?