Our favorite apps keep getting better, and that’s what keeps us interested. Whatsapp isn’t so basic anymore, as they rolled out a few highly-awaited features in the first week of November 2020.
The messaging app introduced the WhatsApp Pay function, always mute, disappearing messages, and improvements to the storage tool. In beta updates, all the enhancements that were made official lately had previously existed.
So let us take a look at the new features launched along with the upcoming features by WhatsApp.
Table of Contents
- The Disappearing Message Feature
- The Always Mute feature
- Enhanced management tool for storage
- The much expected WhatsApp Payments feature
- Upcoming features on WhatsApp
The Disappearing Message Feature
WhatsApp confirmed the absence of messages that appeared many times in the beta update.
The much-awaited feature would allow users to remove chats automatically after seven days. You can use the disappearing message function both for individual chats and for groups.
We begin with the 7 days because we believe that it provides peace of mind that discussions are not permanent while staying realistic, so you don’t forget what you’re talking about.
WhatsApp has said about the feature, the shopping list, or store address you got a few days ago will be there when you need it, and then vanish after you don’t.
WhatsApp revealed the feature would be rolling out this month to Android and iOS users.
The Always Mute feature
Earlier this week, WhatsApp rolled out the Always Mute feature. As the name suggests, the function lets users mute their groups forever. Earlier, users had the option of mutating their groups for a year, but things would return to normal again after completing a year.
Not anymore, though, when you can silence those pesky groups forever.
Enhanced management tool for storage
WhatsApp rolled out a more streamlined storage management instrument. The role will allow users to uninstall bulk items on their app and free up space. A user needs to go to Configuration > Storage and Data > Manage storage to clean up the app.
Users are able to remove media from the app, but the media will stay on the phone. Using the bulk delete feature, they can also get rid of forwarded messages and media.
The much expected WhatsApp Payments feature
WhatsApp has failed to gain NPCI approval for the introduction of its own payment system in India. It first sent requests in 2018, but it took two years for the NPCI to offer the payments feature a nod to WhatsApp.
On November 6, WhatsApp Pay was introduced in India. The role will allow users to send and receive messages on the app, as the name implies.
In a new collaboration with the respected National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), WhatsApp has developed its payment function using the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and India-first.
This real-time payment system allows transactions with more than 160 supported banks. WhatsApp has now partnered with top banks, including ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, State Bank of India, and Jio Payments Bank, to allow India’s function.
WhatsApp has also vowed to be completely aware of users’ protection and privacy. Before every transaction, it will make users enter the UPI Pin. The functionality is being rolled out to users of Android and iOS, and it is likely to be received by people by the end of this month.
Upcoming features on WhatsApp
WhatsApp is also working on multi-device support, apart from all the features that have been announced. The feature will allow users who use a single account to log in to WhatsApp from four separate devices.
This means you’d be able to log in simultaneously from your iPad and iPhone without establishing different accounts.
These are the newest features available, and we can’t wait to see how they work.