Latest WhatsApp Updates, Amazing Tips and Tricks and More!
WhatsApp for Android Finally Gets Dark Mode
WhatsApp has finally started rolling out the much-requested dark mode to beta users of its Android app. The change comes with the latest version of WhatsApp beta (2.20.13).
How to Enable Dark Mode on WhatsApp?
To enable dark mode, head over to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Theme > choose between the Light and Dark theme
The new dark mode works across the app, including in the entire Settings page, and inside chats
WhatsApp Now Tells Users How Many Times a Message Has Been Forwarded
To curb fake news, WhatsApp has been trying hard for some years. Initially, in this fight against misinformation, it started labelling forwarded messages as forwarded and then limited the users to forwarding a message only five times.
In a recent development, the users will now be able to see how many times a message has been forwarded. Also, if the message is forwarded more than five times, a new forward icon on the message will clearly showcase the information.
Before the update, the info tab only displayed two types of information: Seen and Delivered, but now a third form of information i.e. Forwarded X Times has been added as well. This update is being rolled out in the latest updated version 2.19.230.
After this update, only the last person who forwards the message is able to see the information in the info tab as long as the number of times the message is forwarded is less than four.
WhatsApp Lets You Stop People from Adding You to Groups
WhatsApp is always working to add new features. The latest update comes in the form of enhanced group privacy settings.
The company has now decided to make it possible for you to choose whether you would like to be added to a group conversation or not. This means you’ll now be in charge of choosing who can add you to new groups.
This is an important feature that’s been present on the beta app for quite some time and well, it has finally arrived in the stable version of WhatsApp.
Group Privacy Settings
The group privacy settings have been appended to the existing privacy settings for your WhatsApp account. To change who can add you to a new group conversation, follow the steps underneath:
Step – 1 Go to the Settings in WhatsApp and navigate to the Account > Privacy option.
Step – 2 Here you will see a new Groups settings, under which you’ll find three very familiar options. While Everyone will allow any and all users (even people who are not in your contacts) to add you to groups, My Contacts is pretty self-explanatory and Nobody means literally no admin will be able to add you to any group.
When you choose the ‘Nobody’ option in the group privacy setting, the admins who are trying to add you to a group will see an error message. It will read ‘Couldn’t add [ABC] contact. You can invite them privately to join this group.’
Here, if the admin wants you to be present in a group, they can tap on ‘Invite to Group’ button. You will receive a message with the invite (as seen below) which you can tap to accept the request. Isn’t it just great?
How to Add People to WhatsApp Groups without Saving them on Your Contacts?
WhatsApp Groups and Adding Members in it
Among other amazing and useful features of WhatsApp is the Groups Chat features. The group chat features come in handy when people want to share information or have a discussion on a topic among their friends and family, business partners, colleagues, etc.
I’m sure you already how to create a WhatsApp group and add members in it. Now, the process was first to save the members in contacts and then add them one by one which was quite a tedious job, especially when there are too many contacts to add and most of them you don’t want to save in your phone.
What if there was a way to add members in groups without saving them in your contacts? Well, good news, there is a way now.
WhatsApp Group Invite Link Feature
In latest WhatsApp update, WhatsApp has added a new group invite link feature that allows admins to add members to a group without saving the contacts of the members.
How to Add People to WhatsApp Groups without Saving them on Your Contacts?
First, you need to update your WhatsApp Version. Secondly and obviously, you need to be the Admin of the group. So, here is the step by step process.
- Launch WhatsApp.
- Open the desired group where you want to add members.
- Tap on three-dots from the top right corner of the screen.
- Tap on Group Info.
- Scroll down and you’ll option of Invite via Link.
- It will show you a message ‘Anyone with WhatsApp can follow the link to join this group. Only share it with people you trust’. And then four more options: i) Send link via WhatsApp ii) Copy Link iii) Share Link iv) Revoke link
Now you can share the link in WhatsApp groups etc. Anyone clicks on the link can join WhatsApp. You can copy-paste the link anywhere and share it. Also, you can revoke the link (no one can then join the group after clicking on this link).
[VIDEO] How to Add People to WhatsApp Groups without Saving them on Your Contacts? [Urdu/Hindi/English Subs]
How to Use WhatsApp on Windows PC/Laptop OR Mac OS?
There are many ways and many software that are used to use WhatsApp on Windows PC/Laptop or Mac OS, but most of these software contains Ads or take to much internet to launch. Here, I’ll be talking about a software that is not only free, light, quick but also compatible with all latest version of Windows and Mac.
Franz is your messaging app for WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Slack, Telegram and many many more.
Franz allows you to add each service many times. This makes Franz the perfect tool to manage multiple business and private accounts all at the same time.
You could even use five different Facebook Messenger accounts at once if some inexplicable reason urges you to do so.
Uses of Franz
Franz supports a great variety of business and private messaging & chat services like Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, Skype, Zendesk and many more.
It does not matter if you just want to keep in touch with your friends or are managing a multi-seat customer care team. Franz got you covered. Find a complete list of all supported services here.
Franz Download Links for Windows and Mac OS
[Video Tutorial] The Quickest Way to Use WhatsApp on Windows PC or Mac OS? [Urdu/Hindi/English Subtitles]
WhatsApp Will Soon Stop Working on Old Android and iOS Devices. What do you Need to Do?
WhatsApp has announced that the messaging app will stop working on a number of older phones, including a bunch of iPhones and Android phones.
WhatsApp currently caters to 1.5 billion users across the globe. Millions will be cut from the platform in the coming years.
It was announced in a blog post called “support for older operating systems”. The company will refuse support for certain older versions of iOS and for Android version 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) and older.
When will WhatsApp Stop Working?
The deadline for these phones is December 31, 2019. By 1st January 2020, WhatsApp on all the older OS will cease to work. The phones with the above-mentioned OS cannot install the application now if they don’t have it already.
List of OS WhatsApp will not Work on
The list of operating systems WhatsApp will not work on is:
- Android versions older than 2.3.3
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
- Nokia Symbian S60
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
What do You Need to Do?
If you are able to update the operating system to any of the following before December, the support for your phone will not be revoked.
- Android running OS 4.0+
- iPhone running iOS 8+
- Windows Phone 8.1+
WhatsApp Hands-Free Typing (WhatsApp Dictation)
This WhatsApp’s Latest Upgrade is ideal for those too lazy or busy to type lengthy messages.
The latest WhatsApp feature is called Dictation. Users can now compose text messages without having to physically type them.
WhatsApp Dictation lets you speak messages into your smartphone’s microphone and then translates it into text.
How to use WhatsApp Dictation?
Begin by visiting the Google Play or Apple App Store. Ensure the latest version of WhatsApp is installed on your phone.
- Once WhatsApp is open, click on a contact you wish to chat with.
- The open up the chat keyboard normally used to tap out messages.
- A microphone icon in the top right corner of Android phones.
- While the microphone is found in the bottom right of the screen on iPhones.
- Commas and question marks can be summoned by simply saying “comma” or “question mark”.
- Then once the message is complete simply tap Send as normal.
- It will help WhatsApp to speak clearly and enunciate words.
- And it is also recommended to dictate messages in a quiet place, to give your microphone the optimal opportunity to pick up your words.
- But it is easy to edit dictated message before they are sent.
Lock Your WhatsApp Chats With Face ID, Touch ID on iPhones
The latest update to WhatsApp on iOS has brought biometric authentication support to the popular chat app. The new feature will allow users to lock WhatsApp on supported iPhone models with either Face ID or Touch ID.
How to Lock WhatsApp Chats with Face ID, Touch ID on iPhones?
Users can deploy the feature by going to Settings > Account > Privacy > Screen Lock and toggling on the available authentication method.
Note that the users won’t be able to lock individual chat threads with this method and they will still be able to reply to messages and answer incoming voice/video calls even when the app is locked.
WhatsApp APKMirror (Free Download Link)
You can always head over to APKMirror (download) and grab the latest WhatsApp beta APK to install it on your phone.