WhatsApp to finally let you mute group or contact for life

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Per our usual reliable tech blogger WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is finally set to let you mute contact or group for life. Previously, you could only mute a contact or group for 8 hours, a week, or a year as the case may be. The new update, which has just been submitted to Google Play, will hopefully replace the one year option.

The new “always mute” option is part of version 2.20.201.10 of the app that is now being rolled out or made available to some users. Though, this looks like a server side update, yet it is possible that you may need to update the version of your app to the latest one.

WABetaInfo is also reporting that a new storage management menu is being added to make it easier to see what is taking up space on your phone. The menu will suggest that you delete large or forwarded files taking up space on your system.

In related news, WhatsApp is reportedly working on a self-destruct picture and video feature called Expiring Media. Just like the expiring message feature, the self-destruct picture feature will disappear once a user exits the chat. This will make WhatsApp a lot safer for us all, especially when it comes to sharing private pictures and videos.

According to reliable tech blogger WABetaInfo, pictures and videos will automatically disappear from your log after you have left the chat. Strangely, the expiring media feature does not warn you ahead of deleting your media after exiting the chat. 

What remains unclear at this time is whether you will be notified when someone screenshots your picture. Personally I would want the feature to be able to notify me once someone takes a screenshot of my picture.

Expiring media appears in the latest beta submitted to the Play Store. For now there is no exact time or date when it will exit beta and become widely available to all users. What a feature this will turn out to be if it eventually makes to a global roll out.

WhatsApp is also looking to add a fingerprint security feature. This will quite obviously add an extra layer of security to the chat app—a much needed functionality these days. 

The fingerprint security feature allows you to confirm the creation of a new WhatsApp Web session by simply using your fingerprint. The functionality according to the reliable tech blogger, is still under development.

No date has been confirmed for the release of the feature, but it could be available in the near future. Of course, you can access the upcoming feature on the Play Store if you are a part of the WhatsApp beta program. If you do not see the update on the Play Store, then a refresh could do the magic.

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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