5 New Features Coming to WhatsApp

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WhatsApp has introduced some new features including self-destructing messages. But there are quite a few features that are still not out for the public, here’s a quick look at them:

Disappearing messages
One of the more interesting features to be introduced by WhatsApp, is a  ‘disappearing messages’ feature.

When the disappearing messages setting is turned on for a chat, all messages sent by participants will be removed after a pre-defined interval. In other words WhatsApp allows messages to be automatically deleted from a chat after either five seconds or one hour.

Hide Muted Status
WhatsApp will roll out a hide mute status feature that will allow users to mute status updates form friends.

This feature will allow users to hide the status updates of those users whose numbers are kept on the mute mode in their contact list. To access the feature the user will have to click on a new button ‘hide’ that will be visible on top of the muted status updates section.

New Group Privacy
The new features will give users more control over the group messages they receive.

Users will be able to select one of three options:

  • Nobody
  • My Contacts
  • Everyone

With this change, a user will be able to select a set of contacts, who won’t be able to add the user to any group.

Adverts
Facebook will begin publishing adverts on WhatsApp’s status page starting in 2020.

WhatsApp will join fellow Facebook-owned social media platform Instagram in running adverts through its Status feature.

New themes
WhatsApp is developing a dark mode for its Android application, alongside a new settings menu focusing on themes.

  • Light theme: The standard white theme that is the current default for WhatsApp;
  • Dark theme: Adopts blue and black night colours instead;
  • System default: WhatsApp identifies the theme used by your Android system (if light or dark), and sets it in WhatsApp automatically.

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