WHATSAPP is about to change how the heart emoji works forever.
A big update in development will tweak the iconic emoji for all users.
The change was uncovered by the WhatsApp sleuths at WABetaInfo, who mined the “beta” test version of the app for the secret new update.
When you send a red heart emoji in WhatsApp today, it’s animated.
You may have noticed that it pulses for both you and the recipient.
But the same isn’t true for the other colours of heart emoji, like purple or black.
An update will change that, allowing other heart emoji to pulse too.
And WhatsApp is also dramatically increasing the size of these pulsing heart emoji.
They’ll take up a significantly bigger amount of space on the screen, to emphasise them.
“WhatsApp is now planning to improve all heart emojis by introducing the usual animation already used for the common heart emoji,” said WABetaInfo.
“This feature is under development and it will be released in a future update.”
Sadly we don’t know exactly when this change will take place.
It’s currently under development in the beta version of the app.
Then it will go into testing on the beta before rolling out to the general public later.
This process could take days, weeks or even months.
If you want to try the latest WhatsApp features first, follow our guide below to join the beta.
How to join 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 iPhone is more difficult, and has limited capacity.
Follow Apple’s guide here.
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