After the first month of the year, WhatsApp has shown that it still has enough features that need updating. The messenger brought seven modifications that improve performance and also make life easier for the user. The new features are the possibility to search for GIFs (those animated pictures), send up to 30 photos at once and write messages offline.
However, some of these changes are not available for all operating systems. To get the most out of every WhatsApp feature for your Android, iPhone ( iOS ) or Windows Phone, we’ve put together everything that has changed in the messenger in January 2017.
1) Loss of support for old smartphones
Android 2.1 and 2.2, Windows Phone 7,and iOS 6 systems have lost WhatsApp support. Also, the BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 systems are scheduled to lose support by June 30, 2017.
Smartphones running these systems will not be able to download the application or make updates. However, there is no information yet on whether these smartphones will continue running the app if users downloaded before the end of support.
2) Internal search for GIFs at Whatsapp and Instagram
Users of WhatsApp Beta, the test version available to anyone with Android, can now search for GIFs through the Gipsy browser. For this function, the messenger added an appropriate button in the app itself. The update allows you to find a catalog with some fun and animated GIFs, without leaving the message, and not only use what is available in the files of the cell phone.
This change has already been made on the iPhone (iOS), and should soon arrive at the official version of WhatsApp for Android. See the following video how to send GIFs through WhatsApp.
3) First update of the year for WhatsApp Web
WhatsApp Web has also been updated. The messenger interface now occupies a larger part of the screen in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and Microsoft Edge browsers. Also, WhatsApp on the PC also gained the GIF search and allowed users to send the same media (such as photo or video) to various contacts.
4) Send up to 30 photos
Need to send multiple pictures of a trip to your friends? With the WhatsApp for iPhone update and Android beta, the app has been supported for uploading up to 30 images. That way, you can select all that content at once, and send it to whomever you want.
5) Write messages without the internet, to the joy of iOS owners
iPhone users (iOS) can now write messages to others even though the phone is not connected to the web. Before this update, it was not possible to press the send message button (it is a round blue button with a white arrow inside). The functionality already existed in the Google system. To use the feature, just type the text and click on the sending of the message. It will be in a sort of outbox – just like an email – if you are not connected to the internet. When the device has a connection again (4G, 3G or Wi-Fi), the message will be sent.
6) Clear storage data from a conversation
Among the January WhastApp news for iPhone (iOS), there’s the ability to delete all media at once, including photos, videos, GIFs, and audios. To use the function, go to “Settings” »” Using Data and Storage “» “Using Storage.” Then choose the contact or group, tap “clear” and select the one you want to delete. To confirm, touch “clean” again.
7) Whatsapp combination with Instagram
Android users can now take advantage of Instagram’s integration with WhatsApp. It is now possible to share public content with the social network with some messenger contact. The novelty has not yet arrived for the systems ofand Microsoft.
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