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WhatsApp turns 12: List of best features you get with this messaging app

WhatsApp is now 12 years old. Here's a quick look at the best features offered by the messaging app.

By: Tech Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: February 26, 2021 4:07:30 pm
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WhatsApp is now 12 years old. The company has revealed on Twitter that it has more than two billion users who send 100 billion messages each month. The messaging service has managed to attract billions of users by offering tons of features and a simple user interface.

Though, many people are now switching to different messaging apps due to misplaced fears about WhatsApp sharing user data with Facebook, it still remains the main messaging app for users. The fact remains that till date WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted and the company can’t access any of your messages. Let’s take a look at the best features offered by WhatsApp.

Video/voice call

One of the best features of WhatsApp is the call feature. The messaging app lets you make instant video or voice call to anyone in this world. The app even supports group video calling feature, which is great. You can add a total of eight users at a time in a group call. For this, all you need to do is tap on the call button, then tap on the names of people you want to participate in the call.

Picture-in-Picture mode

Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode is also a great feature, which lets you play shared videos in the messaging app even after switching chats or chatting with someone. The PiP mode supports videos from platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Streamable. This way you don’t need to close the WhatsApp app to watch a video on YouTube.

New storage management tool

WhatsApp redesigned its storage management tool and is now offering an improved version of it. The storage management section lets you check all the forwarded photos, videos, files that you have received on the messaging app. The tool also gives you the option to delete them. There is also a dedicated section, which displays files that are larger than 5MB. So, if your storage is full, you can visit this section to free some space. The tool is hidden in the Settings section > Storage and data > Manage storage.

Blue ticks, Last seen

Blue ticks and Last seen are the popular features of WhatsApp. People love to know when their messages were delivered and read by the contact. One can also check what time you were online the last time. You can disable these features by visiting the settings section. Just go to Settings > Account > Privacy > disable Read receipts or Last seen.

WhatsApp voice messages, 30 audio files

The messaging platform allows you to send voice messages, which is a very useful feature. There are times when you don’t want to type a big message and feel like sending a voice message. You can also share as many as 30 audio files at once. The platform even supports audio and image preview if album art is available and this won’t change your selection process.

Fingerprint lock

Fingerprint lock is a privacy feature of WhatsApp, which adds an additional layer of security. Once you enable it, only you will be able to access your chats. Users can also enable or disable message context preview in the notifications. WhatsApp offers three options to automatically lock the messaging app. The first is “Immediately,” the second is “After 1 minute,” and the third is “After 30 minutes.” The fingerprint lock feature of WhatsApp doesn’t block calls, and only hides messages.

WhatsApp Dark mode

Dark mode was one of the most demanded features by users. The dark theme helps offer relief to the eyes when you are chatting at night or in a dark room. The dark theme is available in the Settings section. To enable it, you need to go to ‘Chats’ > Theme > Dark. If your device is running on Android 10, then choose system default. The Dark mode feature is visible for both Android and iOS users.

Frequently forwarded label

The frequently forwarded label helps in identifying how many times a message has been forwarded before. When you forward a message on WhatsApp, you can only share it with up to five contacts at one time, after which a frequently forwarded label will be added. You then will be able to forward a message to only one chat at a time. The company says this helps slow down the spread of rumours, viral messages, and fake news.

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