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WhatsApp finally lets you recall messages sent by mistake for all users

WhatsApp finally lets you recall messages sent by mistake for all users

You can now use unsend feature to delete embarrassing messages on WhatsApp

Finally, the wait for WhatsApp users is over, as the popular messaging service has introduced a new function that allows the option of deleting messages sent by mistake to save you from those face palm or embarrassing moments.

The Facebook-owned messaging app is rolling out a new message recall feature called “Delete for everyone (or Delete for me)” for iOS, Android, Windows Phone users that lets you remove specific messages forwarded in group and individual chats that you didn’t really want to send, reports website WABetaInfo.

The Delete for Everyone feature works on all types of messages including text messages, images, videos, GIFs, documents, voice messages, contact cards, and more.

However, the new feature is not yet available to everyone, as the rollout of Delete for Everyone is proving “very slow”, according to WABetaInfo. WhatsApp has provided more details about the new feature on a FAQ page.

To delete messages for everyone

Deleting messages for everyone allows you to delete specific messages you have sent to either a group or an individual chat. This is particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake.

Messages you successfully delete for everyone will be replaced with “This message was deleted” in your recipients’ chats (*). Similarly, if you see “This message was deleted” in a chat, it means that the sender deleted their message for everyone.

In order to use the new feature to Delete Message For Everyone, you need to follow the below steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to the chat that contains the message that needs to be deleted.
  2. Tap and hold the message > choose Delete from the menu. You can also select multiple messages at once to delete them.
  3. Tap Delete > Delete for Everyone.

However, there is a snag to the unsend feature, as you have only up to seven minutes to delete messages for everyone after sending them. To fully enjoy the feature, you and your recipient must be using the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone. This means that your recipient will still end up seeing the offending message if they are using an older version of the software. Also, your recipient may see your message before it’s deleted or if deletion was not successful. You will not be notified if the delete for everyone was unsuccessful. Additionally, this feature doesn’t work in case of broadcast messages.

How to Delete Message For Me

Delete Message For Me allows you to delete your copy of messages that you have sent or received from your phone. Your recipients will still see the messages in their chat screen, as this has no outcome on your recipients’ chats.

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to the chat that contains the message that needs to be deleted.
  2. Tap and hold the message > choose Delete from the option. You can also select multiple messages at once to delete them.
  3. Tap Delete > Delete for me.

 

 

 

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WhatsApp set to start charging businesses

WhatsApp set to charge these users

WhatsApp set to start charging

Facebook finally looks set to start making money from its $19 billion acquisition WhatsApp. While Facebook’s other messaging platform Messenger makes it revenue through advertisements, WhatsApp will apparently be generating revenue by offering businesses a way to communicate and engage with their customers. To help its users to differentiate between normal users and businesses, WhatsApp also seems to be planning a roll out of verification badges on its platform.

Not Charging users yet

According to reports, companies in Europe, Brazil, India and Indonesia are already said to be trying out this new feature. One of the first major corporation said to be trying out the feature is said to be KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. This news ties in to earlier reports that Facebook has been looking for ways to monetize WhatsApp after it abolished the platform’s $0.99 sign-up fee and made it free for everyone.

“We want to put a basic foundation in place to allow people to message businesses and for them to get the responses that they want,”  WhatsApp COO Matt Idema said. “We do intend on charging businesses in the future.”

The good thing about this story, is that there seem to be no plans to start charging users for accessing WhatsApp as many reports feared when the company was bought by Facebook. A spokesperson for the company has also mentioned that companies will first need to gain approval from a user before they can contact them therefore, the feature will work via an opt-in.

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WhatsApp’s Old Text-Based Status are Back in Beta version 2.17.95

WhatsApp’s Old Text-Based Status are Back in Beta version 2.17.95

After A Huge Outcry, WhatsApp’s Text Status Feature To Make A Comeback In ‘About’ Description

WhatsApp received a lot of criticism from its users for enabling a Snapchat-like WhatsApp Status that gets vanished in 24 hours, a few days earlier. As a result, the billion-strong messaging service company has decided to revive its old text-based status message feature, which is being tested in the latest Android beta version 2.17.95.

Apparently, the WhatsApp beta update version 2.17.95 restores the old status feature as ‘About and phone number’ which appears on your profile. When you upgrade the app, it automatically adds your previous Status which you kept before updating your app. To view or change the text status, just tap on the three dots in the top-right corner and go to Settings. Then, just tap on your name which takes you to profile page from where you can see or change your status. You will be able to see the old default options of ‘Available’, ‘Busy’, ‘At school’, ‘At the movies’, etc., and more importantly the status does not disappear after 24 hours.

The feature is still being tested and currently, it is available only for Android beta testers. Also, there is no other information as to when will the official roll out of this feature begin. However, since this feature is available in Android beta version, it is expected to be rolled out to the other interfaces in the near future as well.

Other than bringing back the old feature, the company has also introduced separate buttons to make voice and video calls, which would make it easier to access and initiate calls via the app. The company has also relocated the attachment icon, which would now be in the text box itself, right next to the camera icon.

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WhatsApp Could Soon Bring Back Text Status Updates

WhatsApp Could Soon Bring Back Text Status Updates

WhatsApp ‘Tagline’ Update May Bring Back Old Status

WhatsApp had recently rolled out its new ‘Status’ feature that allowed users to put images, videos and GIFs as their status. However, the new update replaced the old text form of status with the new Stories-like format.

Now, WABetainfo, a user on twitter that often leaks features from beta versions of the chat apps has posted that WhatsApp is reportedly working to bring back the text status once again. He tweeted that the new feature called ‘Tagline’ has been added in WhatsApp beta for iOS 2.17.6.21 and for Windows Phone 2.17.82, even though it is hidden for now. The feature is expected to make a comeback in the Android version too. With the leaked Tagline feature, just like before, users will be able to put up a message with text and emojis on their profile.

The new feature is rumoured to come along with a range of new privacy settings as well, which will allow the user to choose who can view their status, quite similar to that of the newly rolled out status feature.

It is now clear as to why WhatsApp had removed the old Status feature, as it had left many users surprised and disappointed. When will WhatsApp start rolling out the “Tagline” feature, remains a mystery as of now. But, based on the scenario, they may very soon release the feature, which could be a welcome addition for the users.

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WhatsApp may soon allow you to track your friends in real-time, edit-revoke messages

WhatsApp Adding Edit-Delete Messages & Track Your Friends In Real-Time Features

WhatsApp’s New Feature Will Allow You To Track Your Friends’ Location in real-time

You will very soon be able to track the whereabouts of your friends in real-time. Thanks to WhatsApp, the instant messaging app that is working on a feature that will track the live location of its members.

As per a tweet by WABetaInfo, a new Live Location Tracking feature has been found on both the Android and iOS Beta versions 2.16.399 and version 2.17.3.28 respectively.

The tracking can be kept on for 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes or can be enabled indefinitely. This feature will be useful when you want to see whether your friends have reached a particular location or not or how far away everyone in the group is from the destination. The feature can also be disabled so that your group members do not know where you are at any given moment.

The “Live Location Tracking” is disabled by default, which means that WhatsApp needs to activate it when it is ready to be launched.

The Facebook-owned messaging app is also planning to add a new edit and revoke feature. The feature has been spotted for a beta version and may soon be available to all. According to the leak, sent messages on WhatsApp beta version iOS 2.17.1.869 will get a separate Revoke option, which will allow users to revert a message that has been sent but not read. When clicked on the option, it would recall the sent message. Similarly, one can edit the message that has been sent but not yet read by near and dear ones. Currently, both the features are disabled by default.

Despite appearing in WhatsApp’s beta release, the Facebook-owned service has yet to confirm when the new features will be formally released. Also, there is no news when these would arrive on other platforms.

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WhatsApp to stop working on millions of old phones by 2017

WhatsApp to stop working on millions of phones, find out if your phone is affected

WhatsApp to kill support for older smartphone models

The idiom “No pain, no gain” is going to be true for those people who wish to continue using the WhatsApp messaging service, but currently own an old phone handset.

Earlier this year, the ubiquitous messaging app announced via its blog, that it would be dropping support for a range of mobile operating systems by the end of 2016, before updating the page to say some will be supported until June 30, 2017.

The company claim that this move will make the messaging service more secure and keep up with constantly upgrading technology.

“Earlier this week WhatsApp turned seven years old. It has been an amazing journey and in the coming months we’re putting an even greater emphasis on security features and more ways to stay in touch with the people that you care about,” said the company in a blog post.

“When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time,” they continue.

The app will no longer work on the iPhone 3GS and all iOS 6 or earlier, all BlackBerry operating systems and BlackBerry 10, the Nokia S40 and Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, and the Windows Phone 7.

“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future,” the company revealed in a blog post.

“As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use,” they added.

However, a recent update on their website reads: “WhatsApp is extending support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017.” Therefore, if you have one of these devices or operating systems, you have additional six months to make an upgrade to continue using WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp launches video call support for Android, iOS and Windows phones

WhatsApp launches video calling for everyone

WhatsApp’s video calling feature now available on Android, iOS and Windows phones shortly

Last month, there were reports of the video calling feature being enabled in some of the beta builds of the Android application of WhatsApp after it was introduced in the beta version of Windows Phone and iOS app of the Facebook-owned messaging app.

Today, WhatsApp has officially launched video calling feature on Android, iOS and Windows Phone for more than a billion of its users across the globe. By introducing this feature, WhatsApp is trying to catch up with rival services, such as Facebook’s own Messenger app, Skype, Apple’s FaceTime, Viber, LINE and Google’s recently launched Duo, to name a few.

To use the new feature, you need to hit the call button in the top right corner of a conversation, which will bring up a covered interstitial asking if you want to voice or video call the friend or family member you are chatting with. To use the video call, you need to simple choose the “video call” option from this screen.

While you are on the call, you can mute the call, switch between the forward-facing and rear camera, or press the red button to end the call. The user interface is slightly different on Android and iPhone in terms of where the picture-in-picture video feed is displayed, as well as the buttons’ size, line-up and placement.

Recently, WhatsApp had added support for GIFs on iOS and began testing a Snapchat-like feature that allows you to share images that you can draw on or add stickers to, in a ‘Status’. It is also said that the company has rolled out two-factor authentication in some of its beta versions, suggesting that its next big release could be a security-focused upgrade.

The video calling is expected to be available worldwide in the next few days, as the feature rolls out across platforms around the globe.

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Top 5 Best WhatsApp Tips And Tricks

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Here are the best WhatsApp tips and tricks

WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most popular mobile messaging service app across all mobile platforms, handling over 30 million messages daily with end-to-end encryption. With more than one billion users worldwide, the messaging service is used not only for chatting but also for making voice calls and taking advantage of other features.

While there are many WhatsApp tips and tricks that you can use (check out our previous articles on best WhatsApp tips and tricks), we bring to you some lesser known features along with some best WhatsApp tips and tricks to help you master in the popular messaging service.

1. How to edit WhatsApp picture messages

You can now doodle on and edit pictures on WhatsApp before you send them. Thanks to the latest update. All you need to do is, open the conversation, then tap the camera icon next to the text-entry field as usual and choose an image from your gallery. Select one of the new icons at the top right of the display to crop the picture, add a sticker, enter text or draw a doodle. Just tap Send once done.

2. How to tag people in WhatsApp messages

Does a member of the WhatsApp group that you have created muted the conversation? Want to grab his or her attention? You can now do that by simply typing @ and select the name of the member from the list that appears.

3. How to send animated GIFs

The latest update (2.16.15 on iOS) to WhatsApp now allows you to send GIFs. This works even if your friend has the Android app. However, they won’t be able to reply with another GIF.

To send a GIF, you need to press the + icon, and then Photo & Video Library. You can choose any video up to 6 seconds long, and can also 3D Touch on a Live photo from your Camera Roll, swipe up and choose Send as GIF.

If you install the GIPHY Keys app from the Apple App Store, you can copy and paste a GIF from GIPHY (which has a huge searchable library). Once done, go to Settings > General > Keyboard and add a new keyboard. You will notice GIPHY Keys in the list. Select it, then tap on it and enable Allow Full Access.

When you return to WhatsApp, switch to the other keyboard by pressing the world symbol, then search for your GIF. Tap on one to copy it, and paste it into the message.

4. Backup and restore WhatsApp conversations

WhatsApp provides the functionality to back up all your chats and media in case you change or lose your smartphone. This is automatically done once every few days/every week in most cases, but you can also make a manual backup if need be.

To manually back up your messages on iOS, open the WhatsApp Settings menu and tap Chats > Chat Backup and tap ‘Back Up Now’ (select ‘Include videos’ if not already checked too). The backup should begin shortly after.

However, it is a little different for Android users – Go to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup and tap ‘Back Up’ to create a backup via WhatsApp servers, or log in with your Google account and backup via Google Drive.

You can also simply uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp to restore chats directly from a backup for whatever reason. After the reinstall, when you open the app you should be prompted to restore your most recent backup.

5. Reply to messages via tablet, PC or Mac

The popular messaging service with the introduction of WhatsApp Web, a web interface allows users to access their WhatsApp messages via an internet browser on an iPad, PC or Mac. Simply go to to web.whatsapp.comand on a PC or Mac and scan the QR code using the QR reader built into WhatsApp for iOS and Android. This will link your account with the PC/Mac and allow you to send and receive messages from your smartphone.

For iPad users, it is a little different as using the WhatsApp Web in Safari is not a great experience. Developers have created WhatsApp Web ‘apps’ available on the App Store, which bring a nice user experience and even push notifications to iPad users.

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WhatsApp video calling comes to Android smartphone

Android beta users can now access WhatsApp video calling feature

WhatsApp Video Calling Beta Version Out Now For Android Smartphones

WhatsApp, the most popular messaging service, has introduced the much-awaited WhatsApp video calling feature for Android smartphone users. As of now, WhatsApp Video Calling is only available for beta users of Windows Phone and Android smartphones. It is expected that the feature may come on iPhone soon. To access the feature, beta testers will have to update their app to 2.16.318 version. Those users whose WhatsApp is not updated to this version cannot make video calls.

While no separate button has been added for the WhatsApp video calling, the user is provided two options when pressing the call button in the app: voice and video calls. While the voice calling is already available in the app, the video calling enables the users to view the video of the person he or she has called via chat app.

So, how does it work? You need to pull up a contact in the app, tap the call button and choose ‘Video call’. It will launch a FaceTime-like call if the other person has a version of WhatsApp that supports the feature. But, if the other person doesn’t have the video calling feature, you will be notified that your contact needs to update their app.

Users can even mute or swap between the front and rear cameras during the video call. The call log will now show all the call details including the video calls with a small video icon appearing on the side of the contacts video called. In addition, users would get notified when they miss a call.

In the last few months, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been steadily improving its product and has added various features for both iOS and Android users. The WhatsApp users can draw and add stickers to images and videos shot by the app’s camera, similar to Snapchat. The chat app has also introduced a Group Invite Link feature wherein the admin can invite people in a group chat by sharing a unique link with them. It has also added support for placing calls and composing messages with Siri on iOS devices.

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Latest WhatsApp Update For iPhone Brings Voicemail Feature

Latest WhatsApp Update For iPhone Brings Voicemail Feature

WhatsApp’s New Voicemail Feature For iPhone Identical To Voice Message

Recently, the world’s most popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp added basic formatting including bold, italic and strike-through to text messages, as well as a hidden font and Olympic-themed emoji.

Now, WhatsApp has officially rolled out its voicemail feature to its iPhone app after it appeared in the beta version of Android last month. WhatsApp for iPhone v2.16.8 lists the new feature in the change log of its App Store listing.

The Facebook-owned company describing the feature said, “When placing a WhatsApp call, you now quickly leave a voice message if your call isn’t answered, just like voicemail.”

In the new update, if your contacts are unable to take your call, it will be able to leave a voicemail for one of your contacts. If your WhatsApp call goes unanswered or is rejected, you now have the option to leave a voice message by holding down the new Voice Message button.

Once you have finished recording your message, just lift your finger from the screen and the voice message will be sent to your contact. This will appear in your active WhatsApp conversation with the caller.

Further, if you wish to cancel the voice mail message, you just need to slide your finger to the left. However, please note that as of now, there is no way of listening to your message after you have recorded it.

WhatsApp uses the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), which allows its users make calls to contacts worldwide, making it much cheaper than traditional landline communication.

So, how do you use the feature? Try placing a WhatsApp call. If the intended recipient declines or ignores the call, users will be presented with three options – Voice Message, Call Again, and Cancel. Yes, the same options were visible in the WhatsApp for Android beta app last month – with minor differences, it said “Call back” and “Record voice message” on Android.

As before, the Cancel option closes the new screen that users see after a call is ignored or declined. The Call Again option lets users call back the person who just cut or ignored their call. Voice Message, as we mentioned, works just like a regular voice message – users have to hold to record, and once they are done, the message will be shown in the chat conversation between users and their recipients just like a voice message. It’s not yet known when the feature will roll out to users of the public Android app.

The hugely-successful messenger is also testing out the ability to make video calls, similar to Facebook Messenger, Skype or FaceTime. Currently, video calls are being tested in a beta version available on Android.

Among the other rumoured new features that are expected to be released in the near future include the option for users to send GIFs to each other.

The latest WhatsApp update on iOS is available to download from the App Store.

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