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WhatsApp is making a HUGE change to one of the app’s best features – but some of you might hate it

WHATSAPP makes a big change in video calling with custom avatars.

You can create your own cartoon character – just like the Memoji on an Apple iPhone.

There is a new switch to avatar button for video calls, which is in development - an indication of a big new feature

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There is a new switch to avatar button for video calls, which is in development – an indication of a big new featurePhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

These will be available as stickers to send in chats.

But that’s not all: you can also use her as your face while you’re at it Whatsapp video calls.

A similar feature already exists on iPhone use apples Memoji.

Now for the sniffer dogs WABetaInfo discovered a similar feature for WhatsApp.

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It is currently “under development”, meaning it is not yet available.

But WABetaInfo has uncovered evidence of the feature.

“There will be a new option within the video call screen that will allow us to instantly switch to our avatar when a future update is released,” WABetaInfo said.

“We’ll be able to set up our own avatar by launching the ‘avatar editor’: a real section where we can customize the avatar.

“Once configured, we can finally send avatar stickers.”

Of course, it will not be useful for everyone.

Maybe you don’t want to use an avatar – and you’re completely free to avoid it.

What you can’t avoid is other people using avatars on your screen.

So even if you want to see someone’s face during a video call, there’s no way to override the avatar.

If you want to try all the latest WhatsApp features first, follow our guide on how to join 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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