One of the most popular instant messaging platforms in the world, WhatsApp, consistently introduces new features. Recently, WhatsApp granted its users the ability to share screens with others during video calls. This allows users to easily share live views with multiple people during calls. Additionally, WhatsApp has launched five significant features this year, aiming to make users’ lives more convenient and straightforward. Here’s a detailed overview of these five features:
- Screen Sharing on Video Calls: WhatsApp has announced a new feature that enables screen sharing during video calls. This was introduced by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, at the beginning of this month. With this new Screen Sharing feature, users can easily share their screens with others during video calls, regardless of the platform. This feature positions WhatsApp to compete with video calling platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet. To share your screen on WhatsApp, initiate a video call with a person or a group and tap the ‘Share’ icon displayed under the screen. Once you grant the app permission to record your screen, everyone in the call will be able to see it.
- Send High-Quality Photos: WhatsApp users can now send photos in high-definition quality. In this update, users can choose to send photos in either HD (2000×3000 pixels) or standard (1365×2048 pixels) quality. However, sending photos in HD might take longer based on internet speed and consume more storage. WhatsApp users have long requested this feature. Previously, users had to rely on third-party apps to send HD photos.
- Voice Chats in WhatsApp Groups: WhatsApp introduces ‘Voice Chats,’ a feature that allows participants in a group to have voice conversations. This feature works similarly to group calling but doesn’t ring all members like group calls do. Instead, it sends a silent notification. This feature is useful when you want to talk to one member of a group without disturbing others. When someone starts a Voice Chat, the group icon transforms into a waveform icon, and a ‘Connect’ button appears.
- Edit Sent Media Captions: If you’ve sent a media file with an incorrect caption on WhatsApp, you can now edit it without the need to resend the media. Hold down the message containing the media, tap the Edit option in the drop-down menu, and you can edit the caption. This works similarly to the ‘Edit Message’ feature, which allows editing messages sent within 15 minutes.
- Create Groups Without Names: WhatsApp introduces a feature that lets users instantly create groups without specifying a name. According to Mark Zuckerberg, WhatsApp’s parent company Meta, this feature eliminates the need to provide a name before creating a group. WhatsApp will automatically assign a name based on participants’ profiles for groups with up to six participants. This feature ensures privacy, only displaying your phone number to those not in your contact list.
Please note that these features may take some time to roll out to all devices as WhatsApp continues to update its app.
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