WhatsApp is testing a new feature, which could soon be available to every user if all goes to plan. “Swipe to Reply” according to WABetaInfo, is not yet an official release, but could hit the Play Store as soon as all tests have been completed by the developers.
The Swipe to Reply feature was first introduced to the iOS version of WhatsApp some years ago, and will allow you to quickly reply a message just by using a gesture. The new feature, which is still being perfected, will probably replace or complement the existing one that lets you reply just by tapping and holding a chat to reply.
You will agree with me that if this option is eventually released, users will prefer it since it is a lot faster and easier than the tap and hold version of replying to chats. If you want to reply a message, simple swipe right and WhatsApp will automatically load a message in the reply context.
A couple of months ago, WhatsApp added a ‘Mark as Read’ shortcut in the Notification Center of your phone. What that means is that you will be able to mark a WhatsApp message as read right within your Notification Center even without accessing the app itself.
When you receive a chat from a contact, a new button called Mark as Read will appear in the WhatsApp Notification. The shortcut sounds like one that will simplify a lot of things for users.
It might also interest you to know that the messaging app recently inked a deal with Google Drive to simplify the process of backing up your data. With the new deal, WhatsApp backups will no longer count against your quota—and that means more free space to store other things.
What that means is that you don’t have to lose all or some of your chat history on WhatsApp because you have exhausted your free storage share on Google Drive. What you should do as a matter of fact is to set your WhatsApp to automatically back up data to both your local device and Drive when you usually don’t use the app that much—usually in the night.
The deal was only made public only last month, but will actively kick off by November 12. Until that date, it is advisable to do manual a backup so you do not lose all your important data.
To find out more about the new WhatsApp backups to Google Drive, simply go to the FAQ page and get yourself acquainted with all the relevant tips and information available there.
Per the new reply option, we will keep you posted if something new comes up. All you need to do is to keep checking on this page for regular update.