The new update also brings ability to play audio messages in the background.
Available just on some beta versions, WhatsApp has finally introduced two factor authentication, a feature which was long due now. If you are running WhatsApp beta 2.16.341 or above, you can enable the two step verification for added security.
To enable, head over to Settings > Account > Two-step verification and tap on 'Enable' after which you will be asked to enter a 6 digit pass code which will be asked each time you try to register WhatsApp with your number. Entering the pass-code will lead to the window asking your email for recovering your pass code. Post that, a window displaying 'Two-step verification is enables' will appear after which you will get an option to either disable it, change pass code, change email address.
This two-step verification will now prevent anyone logging into your WhatsApp account even if they have access to your phone number. Every time one registers WhatsApp, he/she would be asked to enter the six-digit pass code associated with that number.
Another addition which should have been there long back was the ability to play audio messages in the background. Playing audio messages on WhatsApp required us to stay on that particular chat window up till now but thankfully now we can scroll through other chat windows or even switch apps while listening to the audio messages. Audio messages on WhatsApp don't only mean voice messages but also audio files sent via WhatsApp. Earlier, in order to listen to it in the background on had to play it via music player.
Earlier this year, Whatsapp had announced that it will drop support for older smartphones by the end of this year. The company has finallyrevealed the exact devices which will miss out.
Available only in the latest beta update, the new feature will enable you to check out a video as it downloads.
These messages generally look authentic but come with a serious risk of malware activities which can further put your data.
Last month, Whatsapp introduced this video calling feature in beta version.
However, Whatsapp's new status tab can only be tested if you have a rooted Android or jailbroken iOS device.
With a claimed user base of over 100 million, actual visibility of Hike is strangely low, going by anecdotal observations and checks. But the app continues to match WhatsApp feature for feature. Will the fight spill out visibly finally?
Android users will the one to receive the update first followed by iOS.
The update is only available in a beta version (v2.16.316 onwards) of the messenger. So if you are registered with Whatsapp's Beta Programme you will soon be notified of a new update.
Interestingly, the update house a lot of other features which are not mentioned in the changelog.