WhatsApp adds photo filters and automatic albums in chats

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WhatsApp has evolved into one of the most feature-rich chat apps you can find these days. The chat app, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, has added tons of cool features to stay ahead of competition. On Tuesday, the chat app added some cool new features in an update that will gladden the hearts of all iOS users. The Facebook-owned chat app has added photo filters, automatic albums in chats, and the ability to send quick replies to messages.

Perhaps, the biggest of all three features added to the chat app is the photo filters feature. This new feature just as the name suggests, will let you apply a filter to a picture, video, or GIF before sending it to your friends. The feature is still evolving, and you will only be able to use Pop, B&W, Cool, Chrome, and Film, The Verge reports. Of course, more options will be added probably in no distant-feature.

Going forward, when you send more than one image or video sequentially in a chat, they will be grouped into a single album automatically. You will now be able to swipe right on a friend’s chat in a thread to directly respond to it.

No word on when the three new features will be launched on Android, but we expect that won’t be too long from now.

A few weeks back, WhatsApp added a feature that lets you pin your favorite chats atop the app. Once you tap and hold any chat, you will get a new pin icon in the action bar next to the delete, mute, and archive functions. After pinning the chat, a conversation stays on top of the list—and of course, it doesn’t really matter the number of chats/messages received thereafter.

There is a limit to the number of chats you can pin; once that number exceeds 3, you get a notification message saying you can’t pin more. Should you wish to pin another chat, then one of the three earlier added has to be removed to accommodate it.

Pinned chats; the name of the new feature, allows you to pin up to three of your favorite conversations atop the app. What this means is that you can now ignore those annoying chats, and concentrate only on those ones that matter to you.

Great feature no doubt, but it only solves half the problem because those annoying chats still find their way very close to the three pinned conversations. Perhaps, future update could improve this feature, and WhatsApp could increase the number to further push those annoying chats down the log.

It is also easy to unpin any of the three chats. You can do this by tapping and holding the chat down to unpin it. Replacing a pinned chat with another one also follows similar pattern. Better still, you can mute or archive any conversation using the same pattern of tapping and holding it down.

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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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