Explore the New Features Introduced by WhatsApp in 2017

WhatsApp has evolved to be the most popular messaging app in the world. The app continues to constantly improve its features despite its success. Among the new features, few left unnoticed and features like status sharing, live location, delete for everyone, media limit increase are welcomed by users. In this article let's explore the new features introduced by WhatsApp in 2017.

Have you send a WhatsApp message out of anger, upset, or unknowingly and later felt guilt for sending? Every WhatsApp user should have encountered this embarrassing situation and really desired that the messenger should have an option for deleting the message before the receiver reads it. To justify the demand of WhatsApp users, now WhatsApp has turned on the "Delete for Everyone" feature.WhatsApp's much expecting recall feature has been in development for months. But now it is officially announced that the feature will be available in the latest WhatsApp version of Android or Windows phone users. Users are feeling rejoiced as they can now delete the message sent by mistake to a person or in a group. If you use latest version the feature will be automatically updated else head on to play store and tap to update. WhatsApp version 2.17.395 have got the feature.

How "Delete for Everyone" feature works

Make sure you have the latest version of WhatsApp. Select and hold the message you have to delete in person or in group. Tap the delete icon you see on screen. Now you find two options "Delete for Everyone" and "Delete for me".

Delete for Everyone

On tapping the "Delete for Everyone" icon , the message in the sender's chat will be replaced with "You deleted this message" and in receiver's chat will be replaced with "this message was deleted".

Delete for Me

This feature is same as the old version Delete which deletes the message yourself and the recipients will continue to get access to the message.

Quirks in the "Delete for Everyone" Feature

WhatsApp has developed this feature with lots of quirks.
  • "Delete for everyone" feature will be successful only up to 7 minutes after sending.
  • Deletion will be successful only if both the sender and receiver use the latest version. So still there is a chance that receiver may read the wrong message.
  • Even if the message sent is deleted, there is a proof for the mistake as the deleted chat in the recipient says "this message is deleted".

Even with the introduction of "Delete for everyone" feature, users still has to be in caution while sending the message as they can delete message only up to 7 minutes after sending. So users have to be quick in realizing the mistake and take action, else the result will be same as before. The only refreshing fact is that even if there is a proof for mistake saying "this message is deleted" the recipient don't know what it was.

Status Feature

The new version allows users to change their status to a short video or multiple photos which will be automatically disappeared in 24 hours.

Increase in Sharing limit

Previously media sharing was limited to 10. WhatsApp users are feeling rejoiced as WhatsApp allows you to share 30 photos now.

Sharing Live Location

Users can share their location in real time with friends on their contact list.

How it works?

Open a chat in person or group. Tap "Share Live Location" under "location" in attach button. You can choose the persons who can view your location and set a timer stating how long you need your location to be shared. WhatsApp says that the location sharing will be end-to-end encrypted.

Youtube Playback

This feature is under testing and it allows users to play YouTube videos within the app. But it is said that the feature will be available only for iPhone6 and later models.

Two-step Verification

Users can securely verify their number when they install the app on a new device. Users need to create a six-digit password and type it when registering their phone number with WhatsApp again.

Ability to transfer all file types

To overcome the limitation of file sharing on WhatsApp, the new feature will now allow you to share video in a wide variety of formats, MP3 songs, or even APK files. The file sharing limit will still be at 128MB on iOS, 64MB on Web, and 100MB on Android.

Pin Chats

This feature allows the users to pin their favorite chats on the top of the conversation list which is limited to pin maximum of 3 chats. Currently this feature is available only in Android phones.

As a conclusion, to keep up it's users engaged all time, Whatsapp is finding better approaches to counter its adversaries by including new features, which is pretty much like that of Snapchat.

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Author: Neelam18 Nov 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

I found this article really interesting, specially the feature mentioned about 'delete for everyone' for the messages in the groups. This feature was really new to me as I have used most of the features of WhatsApp and I am also very interested in knowing new features too. But I have a query about the status feature in which anyone can put video as a status but can we download that video as a viewer? Is their any such option available to download a video uploaded by a person as status.

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