World number mobile messaging app has finally brought the feature most users were anxiously waiting for. Facebook wants WhatsApp users to experience famous Snapchat feature that makes messages disappear after 24 hours. If you are not aware of this new feature, keep on reading as we are going to show you how to use it in WhatsApp.
Finally Facebook has pushed the much-wanted feature on WhatsApp but not before making loyal WhatsApp users go through agonizing wait. WhatsApp users can cheer up now as the app offers a new way to interact with contacts.
WhatsApp holds the honor of being the main catalyst that ushered in a revolution in instant messaging on mobile device with its free messaging feature, which is expanded to include free video calling in HD. Amazing WhatsApp stickers and emojis also make the app a preferred choice for interacting with friends, family, and contacts across the globe. Simple interface of the app makes it suitable for all age groups.
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WhatsApp users have long had the ability to customize the way app looks and works; users can change background wallpapers for different chats, set preferred ringtones and alert tones, and much more.
But there was one feature whose absence was severely missed by WhatsApp users. In the new update, which was released on February 24th, WhatsApp marked its 8th birthday by rolling out a new feature that allows users to express themselves in a whole new way via their status.
The WhatsApp status feature hasn’t undergone a significant change since the app’s initial days back in 2009. While most of other aspects of the instant messaging app got a new treatment by developers, but the status option has remained the same throughout.
Until now, WhatsApp could set their own personalized statuses, or pick one from the pre-set status messages such as ‘Busy’, ‘At Work’, ‘Available’, and others.
But, starting this Friday, Whatsapp is going to change the way users can use status feature using which you will be able to send photos and videos to friends and other contacts.
Just like on other popular social network apps like Instagram Stories or Snapchat, the new WhatsApp status will allow users to broadcast clips including images and GIFs, which you can customize further with emojis and annotations with text scribbling.
New updates will be shown on the screen when users open WhatsApp, separate from existing conversations in a new status tab.
Person on the receiving end of the message can react to a Status by tapping on ‘reply’ – with the response sent as a new WhatsApp message.
The update will disappear after 14 hours. Moreover, all status updates are fully end-to-end encrypted, according the WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is of the view that these new additions are in line to the shifting user trends in instant messaging. The company announced in a blog post, “When WhatsApp launched nearly 8 years ago (on Feb. 24th), it started as an app for sharing status updates, where people could type a short line of text to let their friends know what they were up to.”
“When we noticed people were using the feature to communicate in real time, we redesigned WhatsApp as a messaging app.”
“This new and improved status feature will let you keep your friends who use WhatsApp easily updated in a fun and simple way,” said CEO Jan Koum.
Many new emoji are also added in the latest update. Furthermore, you can now play video from within the message without having to wait for it to download first. Although the video will be downloaded in background but you can keep on watching it as well in the meantime.
Also making there way into the WhatsApp experience are the new animated GIF support, which is available only for Android device at the moment along with the improvement in video calling.