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WhatsApp for iPhone is getting a genius update that changes the way you text

WHATSAPP seems to be arranging an important new feature for users on iPhone.

The US chat app recently rolled out the first version of its iOS app to testers with message response notifications.

WhatsApp seems to be working on a major new feature

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WhatsApp seems to be working on a major new featureCredit: Alamy

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 notification” 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.

The feature is not currently available to WhatsApp’s broader user base but will likely be made available in an update released in the coming months.

WABetaInfo writes: “Unfortunately, still unable to respond to messages.

“But the fact that these settings can be managed suggests that message response will be available very soon.”

WhatsApp may still decide to pull the plug before it goes live, so there’s no guarantee that the message reactions will make it public.

It’s among the new features expected to be rolled out by WhatsApp this year.

An upcoming addition to the WhatsApp Desktop beta app are new colors for chat bubbles when you’re using the dark theme.

On WhatsApp beta for iOS, there is also a new global voice notes player.

That allows you to continue listening to voice notes even when you switch to another conversation.

Most of the features are available in beta – the test version of the app.

The beta app is where WhatsApp test new features first – to make sure they work properly.

Only after beta testing will new features be included in the WhatsApp app in general.

How to get the beta version of WhatsApp

To download the WhatsApp beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on 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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