The new beta version of WhatsApp for Android comes with major updates. According to technology website Teknepolis, the latest package 2.17.375 takes up less space when downloading and installing. The decrease — approximately 6MB — in the size is due to the elimination of 20 libraries that were added in versions above.

The other major update is that when you change your phone number in WhatsApp, your contacts would receive notification of the update.

The feature would work every time you change your phone number. Users can even customise which contacts -- all or with which they have chats -- would see that they have changed numbers. In addition to these two major updates, the company has also modified 473 files correcting several minor errors. 

Last week, WhatsApp slowly started rolling out the ability to share files of any type, and now, users of the Android beta report that one new feature (media bundling) has been added alongside one aesthetic change (a new call screen).

As per a report by Android Police, WhatsApp beta for Android users are reporting seeing a change in the way photo bundles will be shown to the sender and recipient. WhatsApp users can send a bunch of photos to their friends, who will receive them as a bundle and not as before, one after another. The new feature refines the sharing of multiple photos on the platform.


The new update also brings minor change to the WhatsApp call screen where users will now have to swipe up instead of sideways to pick up a call.

WhatsApp will soon roll out a new feature that will let you to recall the messages after they’ve been sent. According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features, the Recall feature will be remotely enabled in 2.17.30+ of the app.


Version 2.17.30 has hit the App store, but the Recall feature hasn’t been pushed yet. The latest version of WhatsApp currently in the Play Store is build 2.17.190. It seems that  WhatsApp may be waiting for version 2.17.30 to be rolled out for the Play store, so that it can push the new update on both iOS and Anroid simultaneously.

Recall – also known as Unsend or Revoke – will work on all types of messages, including texts, videos, images, status replies, GIFs and documents, once they were sent with a five-minute window. Unfortunately, there’s a catch – only those messages will be recalled that have not been opened or read by the recipient. However, it is a “hidden feature”, which means it is disabled by default, and can only be enabled by WhatsApp.

WhatsApp has been long working to bring the “recall” feature on messages, which would allow users to delete the message after they’ve sent. The feature was first seen in April this year in a new Beta release of WhatsApp web.

WhatsApp has not officially confirmed the feature yet.

WhatsApp has updated its iPhone app to help customise your images, help organise photos you send and receive, and improve messaging. WhatsApp v2.17.30 for iPhone introduces photo filters, automatic albums, and a new reply shortcut as well.

Earlier, when you used to send multiple photos to a chat, it showed up in a series one below the other, often making you scroll a lot. Now, to make things more organised, WhatsApp automatically groups multiple photos that you send or receive into a photo album to avoid wastage of chat space and scroll.

Lastly, a new gesture has been added to enable quick replies in iOS chats. Now you can choose to reply to an individual just by swiping right on a specific text in chats. This reply shortcut will be particularly useful in group chats where you speak to multiple users at once.

"When users send or receive a collection of five or more photos or videos, they will automatically be grouped together as an album, creating a tile display within messages. When users tap on the album, they will see the collection of photos and videos in full screen," the company said in a statement.

These features have rolled out to iOS users only for now, and there’s no word on when Android users will receive it. The update has already arrived in the App Store, and you can download it for free from there.


WhatsApp for Android gets pinned chat feature

WhatsApp has officially rolled out new ‘pinned chats’ feature for all Android users, allowing for easy access regardless of how long ago they were last active. Pinned WhatsApp chats will always be visible at the top of the Chats tab.

With pinned chats, you never have to worry about scrolling through the long list of conversations to text your family members or your best friend. Users can now pin up to three of the most important group or individual chats to the top of their chat list for easy access – simply tap and hold a chat, and then tap the pin icon at the top of your screen,” noted WhatsApp in a press statement.

how can you pin a chat in WhatsApp?

Just tap hold on the chat, and you’ll get a pin icon next to the delete, mute and archive option that appear right on top. Pick the pin option, and the chat will move right on top. You can pin a maximum of three chats to the top.

In order to unpin, long press on the chat, and you’ll see the unpin option on top this time. Choose this and the chat will move down the chain of threads.

In order to get the new WhatsApp Pin chat feature, you will need to update the app from the Google Play Store. If you have an office or Family group, then perhaps you can pin it right on the top, in order to ensure that you don’t miss messages from them.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve managed to use this feature


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