A huge WhatsApp update revealed that the app will be completely transformed in three major ways

WHATSAPP is working on some big changes to the app – including adding a special “stealth mode”.

There are eight major changes in the works, but three are particularly exciting.

One of the new features in development hides your online status


One of the new features in development hides your online statusPhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

WhatsApp regularly tests new features in the app’s beta test version.

And then the tech sleuths WABetaInfo mine this app to uncover changes.

The team found a number of changes that will be rolled out, tested, or developed.

One is a “stealth mode” that allows you to hide when you first come online.

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Another is the option to respond to messages with any emoji.

Currently you are limited to just six preselected emojis.

And a third exciting feature is the ability to silently leave groups without notifying everyone.

This could make it much easier to abandon those annoying group chats.

New WhatsApp changes

Here are some of the upcoming changes that are in development.

  • Message reactions with any emoji
  • Custom avatars to use in video calls
  • Ability to delete messages for everyone within 2 days, 12 hours
  • A “stealth mode” that hides your online status
  • Redesigned context menu on Windows
  • The ability to silently leave groups
  • Blur tool for media on WhatsApp desktop
  • Planning a group icon editor on WhatsApp desktop

Unfortunately, we don’t have release dates for these features, so it’s unclear when they will land.

Some may take weeks or months to appear in the generally released version of WhatsApp.

If you want to try the latest WhatsApp features before everyone else, follow our guide to joining the beta below.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone you have to go Google Play on yours Android and search for whatsapp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m in” button, then tap “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

Join the WhatsApp beta iOS to the iPhone is more difficult and has a limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s instructions here.

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