Whats App has over 200 million monthly active users in India and 1.2 billion users worldwide. Whats App received an update , introducing a couple of notable feature additions, namely, a more convenient way to record long voice messages, and a picture-in-picture mode for viewing YouTube videos. It’s a good change, which will save you from switching between the two apps every time someone sends you a link to a funny clip. The update has only rolled out to iOS users so far, but is likely to come to Android in the near future.




  • First change is that YouTube videos will now play directly inside the messaging app, in picture-in-picture mode. When you tap on a YouTube link in a conversation, you’ll no longer get kicked out of Whats App and and forced into the YouTube app.  The YouTube clip will appear within a small floating window on your screen.  This means you can watch YouTube videos and message your friends at the same time. You can also jump between different chats without the clip pausing or closing.
  • Record long audio messages. Instead of having to hold your finger down on the Record button for the duration of your audio message, you can now swipe up while recording. This will lock the recording, freeing up your finger for other things.
  • These additions could be obtained from the updated version, 2.17.81


  • Whats App is developing a new button, that will allow users to quickly switch from voice to video call without stopping the voice call in progress. The recipient, however, will be able to reject the upcoming video call if he or she wants.
  • Whats App is also testing a feature that will allow to directly mute a video.


  • Format message text on demand. Bold, italicize or strike through text on the fly. To do so, you’ll need to add a couple of special characters before and after whatever it is you want to format. To bold text in Whats App, use an asterisk (*bold*); italicize text with an underscore (_italicize_); create strike through text with tildes (~strikethrough~).
  • Star a message. Starring a message creates a convenient way to go back to a phone number, address or article link a friend sent you. Long-press on the message, then tap on the Star icon. To view your starred messages, on iOS user should select the Star tab along the bottom of your screen. Android users need to tap on the Menu button, then Starred Messages.
  • Who do you talk to the most? Curious about who your BFF is on WhatsApp? If you have an iPhone, it’s easy to figure out. Go to Settings > Data and Storage Use > Storage Use. A list of contacts will populate, in order of who is using the most storage on your phone. Tap on each contact to view more detailed stats, such as the number of messages exchanged, images and GIFs. Android users can go to Settings > Chat > Chat History > Email Chat to view the same info.
  • Get message details. Ever wonder what time a message was delivered or read? Swipe to the left on a message you sent to view those stats on your iPhone. Android users can long-press on a message, then tap on the “info” icon at the top of your screen.
  • Mute a conversation. When heading into a movie or meeting, use Whats App’s mute feature to silence a chatty group conversation or a friend who doesn’t get the hint that you’re busy. Android users can long-press on a chat, then tap on the crossed-out speaker icon at the top of the screen. iPhone users need to open a conversation, then tap on the contact or group’s name at the top of the screen followed by Mute. Whats App provides the option to mute a chat from 8 hours to 1 year, which seems a bit like overkill.
  • Hide your last seen status. Don’t want friends or random contacts to know your “Last Seen” time? Open Settings > Account > Privacy > Last Seen. Whats App provides three options: Everyone, My contacts, Nobody.
  • Disable read receipts.  Going one step further, you can disable read receipts in WhatsApp. This will prevent fellow users from knowing you have read a message. Open Settings > Account > Privacy and uncheck the box next to Read Receipts. Note: Turning this feature off will also prevent you from seeing when a friend has read your message. Group Chats will still use read receipts, however.
  • Don’t save photos, videos by default. If you’d rather not have WhatsApp saving every photo and video you receive to your camera roll, taking up space and cluttering up your own photos, disable auto save. In an iPhone, open Settings > Chats and turn Save Incoming Media Off. This is a feature that’s seemingly missing from Android.
  • Use WhatsApp on a computer. The process involves selecting WhatsApp Web within the mobile-app. visit web.whatapp.com on your computer, and scanning a QR code with your phone.
  • Custom notifications. Instead of having the same alert sound for every incoming message, you can set custom alerts for individual contacts. Doing so will make it easier to know who messaged you without looking at your phone. Android users should tap on the Menu icon when viewing a chat thread, followed by View Contact > Custom Notifications. For those using WhatsApp on an iPhone, tap on the contact’s name when viewing a chat thread, then Custom Notifications.
  • Export a conversation. You can export a conversation should you need to save it. When viewing a conversation, Android users need to tap on the Menu button followed by More > Email Chat.On an iPhone, the process involves viewing a chat thread, tapping on a contact at the top of the screen, then scrolling to the bottom of the Contact Info page and selecting Export Chat. Both devices give you the option to export with or without media attached.

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