Those who use WhatsApp often will easily understand how crowded the chat lists can be sometimes. Sifting through your contact lists to get to people you chat with regularly is not ones of those things you like to do; this is even more annoying when you need to have an urgent conversation with a friend. Now, there is a way to get around this hurdle—at least in a legit way. WhatsApp beta 2.17.162 (and now 163) has taken care of that—with pinned chats, you can easily access those contacts you chat with regularly.
The Facebook-owned chat app has added a feature that will gives you access to your favorite contacts so you can start chatting as soon as you open 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, reports Android Police.
WhatsApp rolled out a feature similar to Snapchat’s Stories in February. Status is a feature that lets you share photos and videos in a message format for up to 24 hours before it disappears. Spot any difference between this new feature and that of Snapchat or Instagram? Maybe a little difference, but they are pretty similar in terms of the fact that they both disappear after 24 hours.
The launch, which coincides with WhatsApp’s 8th anniversary, will further send a clear message to more than 1.2 billion people using the app that there is more to it than chatting.
Status is much like Snapchat’s or Instagram’s Stories, and is aimed at letting users share multiple updates every day. Each of the instances of status has a 24-hour lifespan, and can be shared with all your contacts on WhatsApp or with select people. You can locate it [Status] under a “Status” tab on WhatsApp, sitting in the middle of existing “Chats” and Calls tabs.
A couple days back, WhatsApp upgraded its app to now allow Apple Siri to read out messages to you; this, however, is only available to iOS users. It is one feature that could encourage more people to use the chat app and encourage more engagement among users.
Other updates added to the chat app, includes ability to select multiple statuses at once in the My Update screen, and you can now forward or revoke them. The old Voice Call icon has now been replaced with a “+” icon, and when tapped, it displays a list of contacts for making both voice and video calls.