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Alert for billions of WhatsApp users – five huge changes coming to the app

Alert for billions of WhatsApp users – five huge changes coming to the app

WHATSAPP is working on some major changes to the app – including two big tweaks to images.

Details of upcoming updates have appeared online, so there’s plenty to get excited about.


Moving chat histories between Android phones without Google Drive will soon be possibleCredit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

We know all about the changes because WhatsApp typically tests updates in the beta version of the app first.

The cyber-sleuths at WhatsApp blog WABetaInfo have dug into the app to uncover what’s coming up.

And there are five key changes that you’ll definitely want to know about.

None of them are live on the general release version of WhatsApp yet, so it’s a real sneak peek.

WhatsApp changes revealed

Here are some of the biggest changes…

  • The ability to detect text in WhatsApp photos, so you can copy and paste it (testing in beta)
  • The ability to move WhatsApp chat history between Android phones without using Google Drive (under development)
  • The ability to forward media with a caption (testing in beta)
  • A block shortcut in the chat list (under development)
  • A camera mode that makes it much easier to record video (under development)

Unfortunately it’s impossible to say exactly when these changes are going live.

WhatsApp could take weeks or even months to roll them out to the general public.

If you want to have an early go at any of the new features, you’ll want to sign up to the WhatsApp beta.

Follow our guide below to get involved.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m In” button and then click “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

Joining the WhatsApp beta on iOS is more difficult, and has limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s guide here.

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