WHATSAPP is constantly innovating with its chat app, rolling out new features to keep things fresh for its strong 2 billion user base.
As the US messaging giant tests new tools and settings, it will roll them out to a small group of people as part of a “beta” test.
Some websites, such as WABetaInfo, are members of WhatsApp’s legendary beta program and are quick to share whatever they find.
That means fans can get a glimpse of WhatsApp’s upcoming features long before they’re released to the average user.
We’ve put together a list of some of the most interesting tools discovered by beta scavengers in recent weeks.
Remember that a feature appearing in beta does not necessarily mean it will be released to the general public.
However, early versions of apps are generally a good barometer of what users can expect to land on their phones, tablets, and PCs in the coming months.
1. Better protection from hackers
WhatsApp has come up with a new way to keep hackers out of your chats amid countless scams.
More and more users are losing their accounts or getting scammed by scammers using apps, so developers are looking for ways to bolster your defenses.
It’s a problem that could get worse with Multi-device support at work.
This will allow people to use the app on their desktop or web screen without the phone being nearby or even turned on.
With this in mind, the owner of WhatsApp, Meta would like to introduce two-step verification.
It’s something we’ve been seeing on mobile for a while now, but according to WABetaInfo This feature is coming to desktop and web next.
Two-step verification means that whenever your phone number is used to sign up for WhatsApp on a new device, you will have to enter your PIN password.
If you bought a new phone, inserted an existing SIM, and installed WhatsApp, you’ll need to provide a PIN to prove it’s you.
Likewise, if a fraudster gets hold of your number and tries to do the same, it has you covered.
So it makes a lot of sense to make it available for desktop and the web next.
Although the feature is still very much in beta, that means WhatsApp may decide not to continue with it.
2. Message response
WhatsApp also seems to be rolling out a big new feature for users on the iPhone.
The US chat app recently rolled out the first version of its iOS app to testers with message response notifications.
The upcoming feature is expected to allow users to react to a message with different emojis, such as smiling or angry faces.
It could work similarly to Facebook’s reaction buttons, allowing you to respond to posts and comments with “love”, “haha,” “wow”, “sad” and “angry”.
The change was detected by WABetaInfo, a tech site with a track record of exploring WhatsApp features before they launch.
It was launched last week in the latest beta (version 22.2.72) of the app – a work-in-progress sent out to testers before launch – on iOS.
According to WABeta information, a new “reaction notifications” option appeared in WhatsApp’s notification settings in version 22.2.72.
Users can enable or disable these reactions in their notifications.
Notifications will let you know when someone reacts to one of your messages in group or individual chats.
Users can choose which tones to play when receiving such notifications.
3. Easily swap your accounts between phones
WhatsApp also seems to be developing a new feature that makes it easier to exchange phones.
The new tool will let you quickly transfer your chats from your Android phone to your iPhone.
It almost always means losing WhatsApp chat history, which is far from ideal.
So instead of having a fresh start on WhatsApp, you can switch chats.
Sadly, it still doesn’t work in reverse. If you are switching from Android to iPhone, you will lose your chats.
But the WhatsApp executives at WABetaInfo discovered a new import tool.
This feature has been discovered in the new WhatsApp beta version 22.2.74 on iOS.
It means you can transfer WhatsApp Android history using Migrate to iOS app.
According to early photos of the feature, you’ll need to keep the phone open and unlocked throughout the process.
How to download WhatsApp beta
To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.
Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.
Click the “I Join” button and then click “Join” to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.
Joining WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult and storage is limited.
Follow Apple’s instructions here.
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