I’m a WhatsApp detective – here are NINE top secret changes for the app

WHATSAPP detectives have uncovered top secret new features coming to the app.

The hugely popular chat app adds new tricks regularly — but they’re all tested first.

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Hiding your online status is a new feature of WhatsAppPhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

These tests take place in the beta version of WhatsApp.

And fairly regularly, the tech pundits at WABetaInfo will reveal features that are “under development” in the WhatsApp beta app.

Now WABetaInfo has found nine different functions, some of which are public, others are in testing phase and some are still under development.

There is no telling exactly when all features will arrive.

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But the fact that WhatsApp is working on these features is also a good sign.

New features for WhatsApp

Here’s what WABetaInfo uncovered…

  • A setting for approving new group participants
  • An updated version of Message Reactions with any emoji skin tone on Windows
  • The ability to view previous participants
  • Block View Once text screenshots
  • Hide your online status on WhatsApp
  • A Communities tab that allows groups within groups
  • Bigger animated heart emojis on android
  • Avatar profile photos for whatsapp
  • The ability to leave WhatsApp groups silently

Some of these features will be available very soon, including hiding your online status and leaving WhatsApp groups silently.

But others could take weeks or months to arrive.

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

How to join WhatsApp Beta

To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your smartphone 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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Participating in the WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult and has a limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s instructions here.

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