WhatsApp, the popular messaging platform owned by Meta, is always striving to improve its user experience. With over two billion active users worldwide, WhatsApp is constantly adding new features and updates to enhance its functionality and user privacy.
WhatsApp, the Meta-owned messaging platform, is constantly adding new features to its app, and this time, it is reportedly working on a new “Lock chat” feature for Android beta. This new feature will enable users to lock their chats and keep them hidden, thus improving their privacy. According to reports from WABetaInfo, when a chat is locked, it can only be accessed using the user’s fingerprint or passcode, making it almost impossible for anyone else to open the chat.
The “Lock chat” feature will help users lock their most private chats within the chat’s contact or group info, thus ensuring that media sent in a locked chat is not automatically saved to the device’s gallery. Additionally, if someone attempts to access the user’s phone and fails to provide the needed authentication, they will be asked to clear the chat to open it. The ability to lock chats is currently under development and is expected to be released in a future update of the application.
No more regrets with this new feature of WhatsApp
WhatsApp is also rolling out a new text editor experience to some beta testers on Android beta. With the new text editor, beta testers can now edit photos, videos, and GIFs in the text editor. Users will also be able to switch between different fonts by tapping one of the font options displayed above the keyboard. The text alignment can also be changed to the left, center, or right, providing users with more control over formatting text within images, videos, and GIFs.
Some new fonts have also been released to beta testers, including Calistoga, Courier Prime, Damion, Exo 2, and Morning Breeze.
Longer or shorter disappearing messages
According to reports, WhatsApp is working on 15 new durations for disappearing messages. Currently, the platform supports three durations for disappearing messages– 24 hours, 7 days, and 90 days. The new durations will be present under the “More options” menu. Users will have more control over the messages they send and receive with the addition of more durations for disappearing messages.
WhatsApp for Windows is not forgotten
In addition to the above, WhatsApp is also testing a feature that prevents multiple responses in polls on Windows beta. A new option is available within the poll creator that allows users to force other people to select only one answer. This new feature will result in more accurate polls and can be especially helpful for queries that only need one response.
The ability to disable multiple answers within polls is currently available for some beta testers and is expected to roll out to more users over the coming days.
Finally, the messaging platform is rolling out a new full-width messaging interface for community announcement groups to some beta testers on iOS beta. With the new interface, users will be able to read messages easily because the text will be displayed on a wider line. Additionally, as the community announcement groups are the only conversations to receive this new interface, they will easily stand out from other chats.