WhatsApp has finally released the beta version of a feature we have been talking about for a while—ability to reply privately to a member of a group. ‘Reply Privately’ has now been enabled by default, and will allow you to engage another member in your group in private chat. When you receive a message in a group, the new feature will allow you to reply privately to any member of the group, per WABetaInfo.
Simply tap the ‘Reply Privately’ button that has now been added to the app, and WhatsApp will automatically open the private chat with the contact. So, even when you don’t have the details of the contact pre stored on your phone, you will still be able to invite him to a private chat.
In other WhatsApp news, the messaging app rolled out its own sticker packs—better late than never. It is a big addition to existing means of communicating with your loved ones on the app. As a matter of fact, it makes communication fun and easy for all users. So, if you are looking for a fun way to express yourself, you have a new companion in the now released sticker packs by WhatsApp.
“Whether with a smiling teacup or a crying broken heart, stickers help you share your feelings in a way that you can’t always express with words,” the company wrote in a blog post.
To start with, WhatsApp is launching sticker packs designed and created by its designers as well as from other artists. WhatsApp has also added support for third-party sticker packs to allow designers and developers to create stickers for the chat app. To make this work, a set of APIs and interfaces have been included to enable them build sticker apps that add stickers to the app on iOS and Android.
To use stickers during a chat, simply tap the new sticker button and select the sticker you want to share with a friend and you are done. You can also add new sticker packs by simply tapping the plus icon.
The new sticker packs will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks, and will be available to both Android and iOS users.
WhatsApp is also reportedly testing Touch ID and Face ID support for improved security. The feature is being added to your Privacy Settings where your privacy can further be protected and your app safely tucked in a place where privacy invaders cannot access. Your device, however, must be one that supports the aforementioned security login feature to be able to enable it in WhatsApp.
When Touch or Face ID is enabled, WhatsApp adds a major protection level app where authentication will be required anytime you want to use it. The feature is still in its very basic stage, and is unlikely to be made available to users anytime soon. However, we do think it is one update that will further boost the security of all users.