Great news for all you WhatsApp users out there. It looks like you’ll soon be able to share any file type you want on WhatsApp, which means that you won’t be limited only to the standard ones like PDFs, Word documents, and others anymore. You’ll have the option of sharing APKs and anything else you want, as long as the file is under 100 MB in size.
The size limit does complicate things a bit but obviously has to be in place in order not to overwhelm the company’s servers.
The feature is currently only available to a small number of beta users for testing purposes. We assume that the company will roll it out to everyone eventually, although there’s no word on when exactly that might happen. In the meantime, you can use this app to send any file type on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp has also announced that it is extending support for those using the app on older versions of Android. The company has updated its blog post saying that WhatsApp will continue to work on Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020. However, some features may stop functioning at any time.
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Pinned chats feature
May 19: This feature allows you to pin up to three chats to the top of the conversation list. To do so, all you have to do is tap and hold on a chat, select the new pin icon that appears in the action bar, and you’re good to go. Once pinned, the chat will remain at the top at all times, so you won’t have any trouble finding it once you open the app. Of course, you can always unpin a chat whenever you want to and pin a different one.
Support for Google Gboard GIFs
March 17: This update added the option of sending GIFs with Google’s Gboard keyboard. Previously, GIFs were supported but only through WhatsApp’s own GIF interface. Gboard’s GIF panel was grayed out and, therefore, unusable within the app. This has now changed, which is great news for the millions of Gboard users around the world.
WhatsApp status updates
February 20: In a bid to further compete with Snapchat, WhatsApp has launched a new feature called Status. Like Snapchat Stories, the new status feature lets users share photos and videos with friends which will disappear after a short period of time. WhatsApp dropped its longstanding text-based status updates when it introduced the new format but, following user feedback, the company later reintroduced the static statuses too. Users can now use both features independently.
February 10: WhatsApp users can now enable two-step verification on their accounts for tighter security. It’s not setup automatically, nor does the app prompt you to do so, instead you’ll have to go to Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable. Then, add a six-digit PIN and backup email address and confirm. The next time you try to set up a device with your telephone number, you’ll be prompted for your PIN code.
WhatsApp adds new emoji from Android 7.1
February 4: All the Unicode 9 emoji introduced in Android 7.1 and iOS 10.2 have now been added to the WhatsApp beta app. With gender equality and new professions, to skin tones and more anthropomorphic figures, WhatsApp has an emoji to suit everyone.
WhatsApp adds GIF search
January 10: WhatsApp has added GIF search, finally bringing the most beloved of all animated images to the world’s most popular messaging platform. The file limit for sharing was also increased from 10 to 30.
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