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Top 10 New WhatsApp Features

New WhatsApp Features

Whatsapp is the biggest messaging app no doubt. With over one billion downloads in the Play Store alone, it’s no wonder this fact is indeed true. The popular messaging app has grown quiet large since it was first launched in January 2010.

With its growth has come several new features which continue to increase week by week. Today we’ll look at some of these new features you may have seen before; and some you may have not realized yet. I bet you’ll find something new you didn’t know existed in the app.

So here are the top 10 new features in Whatsapp.

1. Group Invite Using Links

We are part of at least one Whatsapp group or the other. Groups used to be a bit sketchy. You open your chat and the next thing you know, you have been added to some strange group. Well Whatsapp has some new feature to check this “behaviour” of group admins. It’s the ability to invite people to join your group. This way, anyone who joins your group does so by his own choice. It’s like asking someone permission to be added to a new group, only in a cool way this time.

An example is shown below. By the way you can join our new Whatsapp group via this link: GeniusTech Hub WhatsApp Group


 

2. Mentioning/Listing All Group Members

So you have been added to a new group or you joined a group via a link. Want to know who else is in the group quickly? Simply type @ button on your keyboard. All group members will be listed in a tiny window within the chat. Simply scroll through to see who else is in the group. You can also use this feature to mention a group member easily. This is like using the reply feature, only in a cooler way.

3. Multi-select For Media Sharing

Imagine you want to send a photo some friends. You have to send to one contact first, then forward to the others individually. Now imagine you could send to all at once. Now it’s possible to do so. From your gallery or media, simply select share via Whatsapp as always. This time around, you’ll realize that you the option to select more than one contact. Really cool huh?

4. (Same sex) Emoji

Ok so I won’t say much about this one. Seeing is believing (unless I’m seeing wrongly).

5. Multiple-select Contacts to Create Group

If you have ever created a group before, you know how frustrating it is to add new people from the start. What if you just multi-select contacts and then just tap an option to create a group? This same option can be used to create broadcast lists as well.

6. GIF Now Supported

Finally!!! GIFs!! Unless you don’t know what a GIF is, you probably should be dancing by now. The Graphics Interchange Format (better known by its acronym GIF /ˈɪf/ jif or /ˈɡɪf/ ghif) is a bitmap image format.  Simply put, it’s video without audio. Mostly they are used by people to show funny stuff in seconds.

A typical example is the rotating globe below. (Not funny. I know).

Want to create your own? Follow this article on Hubspot to learn how: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-create-animated-gif-quick-tip-ht 

If you have Telegram installed on your device, you can simply create one using the app. More on that in a later post.

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7. Star a Message

Remember those favorite messages you have always wanted to read over and over again? How about saving them for later, so you can easily find them again. You can do this on an individual chat or in a group chat. Simply press-and-hold a conversation  and star it. It’ll be saved to your starred messages for later reading. Cool huh?

8. “Waiting for This message. This May Take a While”

You have probably seen this message before. It’s not a big deal actually. It’s simply the End-to-end encryption feature in Whatsapp doing its job. What is happening is that, the sender of the message has gone offline hence his message cannot be encrypted before delivered to your device. So the next time he/she comes online, the message gets encrypted and sent to you. Hope I didn’t sound too technical.

 

9. Formatting a Message: Bold, Italics, Strike-through

Who doesn’t like text formatting? Show by hands (join our WhatsApp group and show by hands using this link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/3qGQfdBbN9v1LYyqm2Qoyt)  Moving on 🙂

So now Whatsapp allows you to format your text messages. You can bolden a text by putting an asterisk before and after the word like so: *bold*, transforms to bold. To type in italics, use the ~~ symbol before and after the word like so: ~italics~, transforms to italics. Strike-through uses the underscore symbol _, so to transform we use the underscore before and after the word like so: _strike-through_, transforms to strike-through.


10. Bold Emojis

Ok so I know you know this one already. Simply send an emoji without text and it transforms to a big emoji. Add text and you get your normal sized emoji.

We hope you enjoyed reading this. Do share with a friend after trying them out. If we missed any new feature, do let us know via the comment section.

Extras

Of course we have extras 🙂

  • Save your chat history using Google Drive.
  • Custom notifications for individual chats and groups now available
  • See someone’s ‘last seen’ while hiding yours

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