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Alert for 2billion WhatsApp users – genius ‘secret’ photo change is so useful

A NEW WhatsApp update makes a seriously handy change to sharing photos and videos.

It’s an important tweak too, given that it will affect billions of people around the world.


WhatsApp is working on a very handy updateCredit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

The sleuths at WABetaInfo have been mining the beta version of WhatsApp for secret new tweaks.

WhatsApp’s beta app is where parent company Meta quietly tests new features out.

And one big change is the ability to forward media with captions.

That means when you forward a WhatsApp photo that already has a caption, you won’t need to send that separately.

You can just forward it all together in one go.

“As you can see in this screenshot, WhatsApp presents an alert when you try to forward an image, video, GIF, or document with a caption for the first time,” WABetaInfo explains.

“Thanks to this alert, users are finally aware that it’s possible to keep the caption when forwarding the media.

“In addition to allowing users to forward media with a caption, it is also possible to remove the caption before forwarding the media in case it is not relevant to the person they are sending the media to.”

Sadly we’re not sure when this feature will roll out for everyone.

But you can try it first if you sign up to the WhatsApp beta.

Follow our guide below to find out how.

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.

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Follow Apple’s guide here.

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