WhatsApp adds ‘Mark as Read’ shortcut in Notification Center in new beta

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Credit: https://wabetainfo.com/whatsapp-beta-for-android-2-18-214-whats-new/

Something new is brewing—WhatsApp could soon be adding a ‘Mark as Read’ shortcut in Notification Center of your phone. What this means is that you will soon be able to mark a WhatsApp message as read right within your Notification Center even without accessing the app itself.

As usual, the feature was spotted by tech blogger WABetaInfo. Though, not yet available to all users, there are chances that this new feature could soon hit our phones soon.

When you receive a chat from a contact, a new button called Mark as Read will appear in the WhatsApp Notification. The feature as seen below, shows two options—’REPLY TO WABETAINFO’ and ‘MARK AS READ.’

No further details were provided about this feature or if it will be released soon or later, but from the look of things, this shortcut sounds like one that will simplify a lot of things for users.

The feature is still in its developmental stage, and subject to some more changes before it becomes stable and ready to be used by every user out there. For now the only thing we have to do is await the release—and hopefully there won’t be a change of mind.

Meanwhile, ‘Forwarded,’ a feature much awaited by WhatsApp users has made its entry and is now available to every user. A “Forwarded” label will appear at the top of the message when a user copied.

It remove the stress of having to personally inform recipients of a message that the chat was copied. It also solves the problem of not given proper credit to the original owner of a message, though it does not give room for the name of the owner to be added to the label.

Last month WhatsApp handed group admins the power to restrict the ability to post messages within a group. To enable the new setting, simply open “Group Info,” tap Group Settings > Send Messages and select “Only Admins.” The new feature is already rolling out to everyone around the world, and is only available in the latest version of the app.

We’re launching a new group setting where only admins are able to send messages to a group. One way people use groups is to receive important announcements and information, including parents and teachers at schools, community centers, and non-profit organizations. We’ve introduced this new setting so admins can have better tools for these use cases, WhatsApp wrote in a blog post.

Hopefully this is one new feature admins don’t get to abuse since WhatsApp is handing them more control within the app. By handing them such power, admins will be able to apply control to group chats by making sure that members don’t engage in spamming.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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