From avatars to hiding online status – list of major new WhatsApp features coming soon


  • WhatsApp plans to bring similar avatars to Facebook and Instagram.
  • Some of the features are already tested by beta users.
  • Here’s a breakdown of WhatsApp’s main features coming in 2022.

To improve user experience, Meta-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp continues to add new features and tools. Recently, WhatsApp increased the file sharing limit to 2 GB and launched a new feature, Communities. The instant messaging platform is testing features for beta users before releasing them to all users.

If you’re a regular WhatsApp user, it’s worth keeping an eye out for the latest updates and upcoming features.

This article takes a look at the WhatsApp features that are expected to launch by the end of 2022. Our list also includes several in-development features that have been spotted by the community around.

Avatars

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Since the launch of Avatars on Facebook and Instagram, we may soon see Avatar on WhatsApp. According to wabetainfo, an instant messaging app is planning to introduce avatars. By using them, you may be able to use an avatar as a mask during the video call and as a sticker.

According to WhatsApp for Android 2.22.16.11 beta update, you can customize your avatar, like Facebook.

Unread chat filter

From avatars to hiding online status - list of major new WhatsApp features coming soon
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WhatsApp has already rolled out the ability to filter unread chats on the WhatsApp Desktop beta, and now the company plans to release the same for Whatsaap beta for Android.

With this new update, users can filter their chats by displaying those that contain only new messages.

Quick reactions

From avatars to hiding online status - list of major new WhatsApp features coming soon
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Soon, WhatsApp users will be able to use eight emojis to react to status updates (Face with Tears of Joy, Smiling Face with Heart Eyes, Face with Open Mouth, Party Popper, Clapping Hands, Crying Face, Folded Hands and Hundred Points).

Currently, the feature is under development, but we don’t know when WhatsApp plans to release this feature.

Larger group size

Currently, WhatsApp allows 256 people in a group, but the company plans to increase the group limit to 512 people. It’s a relief for admins and users who also wanted to add more people to the group chat, with this new update WhatsApp will be closer to Telegram. In Telegram, the admin can add 100,000 people using “supergroups”.

More voice call participants

WhatsApp has announced that the company will increase the group call limit to 32 people. Currently, the company only allows eight people in a group call. Again, this update will bring WhatsApp closer to other chat apps like Telegram, which has no limit on the number of people in a group voice chat.

Ability for admins to delete unwanted messages in the group

With this feature, the group admin can delete problematic messages from the group chat. Once the admin deletes the post, it will no longer be available to any member of the group.

Companion mode – cross-device synchronization


From avatars to hiding online status - list of major new WhatsApp features coming soon
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WhatsApp Companion Mode will allow users to link a secondary mobile device to their existing WhatsApp account, including tablets. Currently, users can only link the existing WhatsApp account to a desktop using Web WhatsApp.

Increased delay for deleting sent messages

WhatsApp is considering increasing the deletion time for sent messages. Currently, users can delete sent messages within the time limit of 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 16 seconds.

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