Alert to millions of WhatsApp users – group chats are changing forever

WHATSAPP is working on a new feature that will change the look of your group chats.

It’s currently being tested – and could end up on your phones very soon.

The new update adds profile pictures next to messages in group chats


The new update adds profile pictures next to messages in group chatsPhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

WhatsApp normally tests new functions in the beta version of the app.

Now for the sniffer dogs WABetaInfo noticed that WhatsApp is testing adding profile photos to group chats.

WhatsApp has already tested this on iOS for iPhone, but it’s now rolling out in the desktop beta as well.

That means the change will land on all phones sooner rather than later.

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“Group members’ profile photo is displayed when a message is received in a group,” explained WABetaInfo.

“If the group member does not have a profile picture or it is not available due to their privacy settings, the default profile icon will be displayed and it will be colored the same color as the contact name.

“It’s just a cosmetic addition, but it can be useful to instantly see who sent the message in case there are duplicate contact names or the phone number isn’t saved in the address book.”

Unfortunately, it’s unclear when exactly this new feature will be available to the general public.

But once it arrives, it should make it easier to distinguish users — especially in large groups.

Whatsapp Group size was originally limited to 100 people before changing to 256 people in 2016.

Then, earlier this year, WhatsApp upped that to a frankly whopping 512 people.

WhatsApp is now testing maximum group sizes of up to 1,024 participants.

So profile photos should help make those group chats feel a little easier to manage.

If you want to try the latest WhatsApp features first, 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.

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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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