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Alert for billions of WhatsApp users after four huge changes made overnight

WHATSAPP has quietly rolled out a big update for its two billion users.

Ever spent ages searching for an old conversation to find a specific message?


These new features are only available to those with the most updated version of the app

Well WhatsApp users can now quickly search for a conversation by date for the first time.

The feature lets users select a date they want to jump to and avoid scrolling through long conversations to find what they’re looking for.

The Meta-owned messaging app – the most popular in the UK – has also made it far easier to share images, videos and other documents with friends, family or colleagues.

Similar to PCs, users can now drag & drop images, videos, and other documents from other apps, such as Photos or Safari, into a WhatsApp chat.

WhatsApp has drawn inspiration from Google Gmail’s ‘undo send’ option as well, giving users a few seconds to undo a ‘delete for me’ action.

Another feature introduced in the latest update grants users more control over who can see when they’re online with a new privacy control.

And mirroring the handy Facebook Messenger feature, WhatsApp’s team has made it easier to create a new chat with yourself.

Many users use this personal chat as a space to make notes or leave reminders.

Now WhatsAppers can just tap a new “Message Yourself” button to get started.

But these new features are unfortunately only available to those with the most updated version of the app.

How to update apps on your smartphone

For Apple iPhones, head to the App Store > tap the profile icon at the top of the screen. > Pending Updates > tap Update next to an app to only update that app, or tap Update All.

For Android, open the Google Play Store app > tap profile icon in the top right > Manage apps and device > Apps with an update available are labelled ‘Update available’ > Tap Update.

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