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WhatsApp features launched in 2021 so far
WhatsApp voice and video calling feature on desktop
It was the much-anticipated feature from WhatsApp. WhatsApp voice and video calling feature were only available on the mobile app until last year when the company started rolling out to a handful of desktop users. Now, everyone with the WhatsApp desktop app can make voice and video calls using the big screen. Right now, you can only make one-on-one voice and video calls to WhatsApp contacts from the desktop. The support for group voice and video calls will be added in the future update, suggest reports.
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WhatsApp now allows users to mute videos before sharing them. This is likely to avoid the embarrassment users face playing a video with full volume at a gathering. As for now, the feature is only available on WhatsApp for Android with the latest update. To mute videos –> go to the WhatsApp contact or Status screen and tap on Add to my status –> tap the Camera icon or go to the gallery to choose the video –> WhatsApp opens a preview of the video along with editing tools –> look for the mute audio icon, placed below the progress bar for the video –> tap to mute the audio and proceed to either send the video to a friend or a group or just upload it as your WhatsApp Status. That’s it!
WhatsApp Web, desktop app face and fingerprint unlock
WhatsApp added a layer of security for its desktop app and web recently. The company has introduced face and fingerprint unlock when linking devices to prevent unauthorized access. Before this change, one was taken straight to the QR code scanner that allows WhatsApp to be run via a browser/client. To enable this feature, open WhatsApp on your phone –> go to ‘More options’ or ‘Settings’ –> tap WhatsApp Web/Desktop and link a device –> activate the biometric authentication from the following screen. The feature is available to both Android and iOS versions of the messaging platform.
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Upcoming WhatsApp features
It’s a highly-anticipated upcoming feature from WhatsApp. The multi-device support would allow users to log in to WhatsApp on up to four devices simultaneously without the linked phone. Currently, you only login to the desktop if your linked phone has an active internet connection. The company was recently seen testing a new logout feature, which suggests that the WhatsApp multi-device support launch is just around the corner.
After self-destructing messages, WhatsApp now plans to add self-destructing photos to its platform. The feature is said to automatically delete photos sent to a chat after a while. This appears to be similar to how Instagram’s Direct’s disappearing messages work. The WhatsApp self-destructing photo feature is currently in work and is likely to roll out on both Android and iOS versions of WhatsApp via a future update.
WhatsApp is also working on a ‘Read Later’ feature, which will make its way to users shortly. ‘Read later’ is said to be more like Archived Chats, but only better. The feature is said to come with several improvements like no notifications for chats that are marked read later, ‘vacation mode’ to ensure that the chats work the same way as archived chats on the current stable version, edit button for customisation, and the ability to select multiple chats at once to quickly unarchive them.