WhatsApp has been actively working towards introducing a lot of features. From WhatsApp Multi-Device Support being tested out to the integration of Instagram reels into WhatsApp, the list of upcoming best WhatsApp features is interesting indeed. In the past couple of months, the popular social messaging application has definitely introduced quite a lot of features. However, they do not plan on ending the spree there. Next year will be one hell of a ride for WhatsApp users!
To be precise, the eight best WhatsApp features will completely change the app forever. In terms of overall user experience, these features will certainly take it to a new level. So, we have put together a list of the eight best WhatsApp features that you should look forward to in 2022!
8 Best WhatsApp Features to Look Forward to
1. WhatsApp Delete For Everyone To Get Infinite Time Period
Back in 2017, when the WhatsApp Delete Messages feature was introduced, it only offered a time limit of 7 minutes. Later on, they upgraded the time limit to 4,096 seconds. So, this is the time for you to undo a huge mistake, or maybe not? Come on, we have all been there! This is hands down one of the best WhatsApp features, and it turns out it will get even better.
WhatsApp is reportedly going to take the time limit all the way up to, well, forever. Yes, we will soon get an infinite time period on the WhatsApp Delete for Everyone feature. This is known because there was no time limit on the feature during testing. However, it may take a while to roll out but nevertheless, worth EVERY bit of the wait!
2. Restrict Screenshot for ‘View Once’ Media
This is another one of those features which I’m pretty sure you must have wished WhatsApp had. I’M SURE! Well, right now, WhatsApp users can send media – pictures or videos with the view once feature. Simply put, once the receiver opens the media, he or she can never open it again. However, this feature, as amazing as it is, has a flaw!
The flaw lies in the fact that the receiver of the message (media) you sent can very easily take a screenshot of the view once file. Big flaw, isn’t it? It takes away the privacy or security of the view once feature away. However, it looks like the platform has recognized the flaw! The long-needed feature will now be available to WhatsApp users. The platform will no longer allow users to take screenshots of any “View Once” media.
As per a report in WABetaInfo, the platform has rolled out the feature in WhatsApp update version 184.108.40.206 for Android beta only as well as iOS beta users.
3. WhatsApp Multi-Device Support
The WhatsApp Multi-Device Support is one of the most anticipated features on this list. You will be able to toggle into an offline WhatsApp experience. Yes, you heard that right and you will not have to depend on your smartphone’s cellular signal anymore when travelling.
You can see that this feature is already up for testing on WhatsApp. The feature has been spotted across multiple WhatsApp Beta builds. Now, finally, the feature will be arriving on all devices soon!
The Beta version allows you to use this feature on up to four devices. However, there are minor synchronisation and loading time issues. These are temporary issues, and future versions of the app will most likely fix them.
4. Play Instagram Reels From WhatsApp
It goes without saying that Instagram Reels is a HUGE thing now. You may not want to admit it, but it is addictive. I often times find myself surfing through Instagram reels when I have a truckload of work to complete. This addictive feature that you call Instagram Reels will soon be accessible via WhatsApp.
What you can expect to see is most likely a different section in the application altogether for viewing Instagram Reels. With the increasing viewership of Instagram Reels by the second, it is understandable as to why Facebook-turned-Meta is working towards introducing this feature. This will definitely be a love-hate affair for the most part, and easily one of the best WhatsApp features to arrive in hopefully 2022.
5. WhatsApp Community Feature
A new WhatsApp community feature is reportedly in the works. Now, this is where WhatsApp will come really close to the way Discord currently works. Nothing is better than chilling with friends while listening to music and playing games by the end of your day. It gives off a strong sense of community, which is exactly what WhatsApp aims to achieve with this feature.
Admins of the WhatsApp Community groups can make multiple groups within it. This is what Discord allows you to do. Moreover, the community chats will be end-to-end encrypted as well. For now, this is all that is known about the feature. Most certainly can’t wait to see what more the feature has in store for us!
6. WhatsApp Archive Will Become Read Later
The WhatsApp Archive feature will soon get enhanced, and you will like it. Archive will turn into Read Later in the coming days, which definitely sounds better. When you mark a chat as ‘Read Later’, you will not be receiving notifications for this chat.
In addition, there will also be a ‘Vacation Mode’ integrated within the WhatsApp Read Later feature. This will allow the feature to work similarly to the way Archive Chats currently work. Additional settings to customise this feature will also be present. Definitely, one of the best upcoming WhatsApp features to look forward to next year.
7. WhatsApp Logout
Right now, if you decide to quit WhatsApp, you will be able to see the ‘Delete Account’ button in the settings. However, according to a report by WABetaInfo, this will soon be replaced by a logout button. We will finally get a logout option like you get to see on Facebook or Instagram. Besides, it will be replaced on both the iOS and Android versions of the app.
That is definitely a good change in terms of the user interface. Another great thing about this feature is that it will most likely allow you to log out of one and log in on another device. This will allow you to use the application on two devices, minus the hassle of setting up and restoring your WhatsApp repeatedly.
8. WhatsApp Insurance
YES, WhatsApp is soon going to be a thing! Who would have thought that you would soon be able to buy Insurance in India through WhatsApp? Technology is indeed making life wayyyyy easier for us, and this seems like a great example. From health insurance to micro-pension products, the popular messaging platform will soon roll out many features.
The Facebook-owned messaging platform will start off WhatsApp Insurance with SBI General Sachet Health Insurance cover. In addition, we will also get to see HDFC Pension schemes on the platform. This is definitely one of the most convenient WhatsApp features, and we could not help but put it on this list!
Some More Interesting Upcoming WhatsApp Features
WhatsApp is evolving steadily, working on new features everyday. It looks like WhatsApp is trying to one up itself, by rolling out a new feature. This new feature could create polls for your group chats. According to WaBetaInfo, the website that tracks all WhatsApp-related update, WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will add the ability to create polls.
User will be able to add up to 12 options in the poll but this value can change in future. Reportedly, the new feature will also show up for WhatsApp beta on desktop and iOS in near future. The poll feature is currently showing up in WhatsApp beta version 220.127.116.11.
10. Edit messages after sending
Just like iPhone, Meta-owned messaging platform is working on a new feature where users can simply edit the messages they have sent. Although it might come with a timeframe involved, but the feature looks promising! Because many of us end up typing something in haste or end up changing our mind. So, this feature will end up being a lifesaver for many!
The new feature will also show an ‘edited label’ in the chat bubble for the messages that have been edited. Although it is not yet clear if the edited message can be re-edited. However, the feature is currently under development and will be available for beta testing soon.
These were the best WhatsApp features that shall change the way you use the app forever! Are you looking forward to these features just like we are? Let us know in the comments section what you think about it.
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