The tips on the platform also gained prominence during the month. For example, a trick that allows you to view the Status without being identified, and that is valid for any type of temporary post: text, photo, video or GIF. Another novelty was the Beta version for iPhone to allow access to videos through the lock screen or in the device's notification center, without the need to open the conversation and activate the "viewed" symbol in the message.
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Change in settings and arrival of new functions marked the month of November for WhatsApp Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / dnetc
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1. View WhatsApp Status without being seen
Similar to Instagram Stories, WhatsApp Status is a feature that allows you to post texts, photos, videos and GIFs that disappear in 24 hours. In addition, the tool identifies the profiles that viewed your post. To access temporary posts without being seen, there is a simple step by step for iPhone and Android smartphones. It is worth mentioning that the trick also disables the double blue tick and, with this, the user does not know when his messages were read.
View WhatsApp Status without being seen possible with trick Photo: Joo Gabriel Balbi / dnetc
2. Unlimited backup on Android
WhatsApp started to free unlimited space for backups on Android. With the novelty, storage is no longer done on Google Drive, which has 15 GB free. In addition, only files less than one year old are stored, that is, the oldest files are automatically deleted. The feature is available to anyone who has an active Google account, in addition to having installed Google Play Services on Android, which needs to be updated to version 2.3.4 or later. For iPhone users, the backup continues to be made on the iCloud Drive, with a free 15 GB capacity.
WhatsApp allows unlimited backup on Android Photo: Raquel Freire / dnetc
3. Sticker apps for WhatsApp
WhatsApp recently gained the ability to share stickers on the messenger itself. There are several sticker options: memes, drawings, famous characters, illustrations, among others. List rene seven free sticker packs to use in WhatsApp conversations. Among them are Telegram, Meme Sticker Pack and WAStickerApps. The feature is present for Android and iPhone smartphones.
Telegram stickers can be used on WhatsApp Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
4. Watch videos by notification
WhatsApp in the Beta version for iPhone allows you to watch videos received on mobile notifications, either on the lock screen or in the notification center. With this, the user avoids opening the conversation to view the video and, with that, be "deducted" by the blue tick of the messenger. There is a simple way to use the feature: expand the notification and tap the play button to view the video. The feature is available for iOS 10 or higher and works even better on devices with 3D Touch.
View WhatsApp video on the lock screen Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
5. Old conversations deleted from Android
WhatsApp conversations older than a year are now automatically deleted from Google Drive. The most recent backup will be preserved and unlimited space in the cloud will be offered for copies on the Drive. The feature is only available for Android. The iPhone system has not changed and device users continue to use iCloud Drive to store their files.
Notice to back up old files to Google Drive Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire
6. Deadline for backing up on Android
Android users had before November 12 to make a new backup copy of old WhatsApp messages on Google Drive. After that date, the app started to automatically delete files, messages, photos or videos that are more than a year old. In addition, the messenger starts to offer infinite space on the Drive. The backup does not affect the Drive's storage space, which is 15 GB free and 30 TB in the paid version.
Preparation for backing up WhatsApp files for Android Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire
7. WhatsApp temporarily unavailable
WhatsApp was temporarily unavailable for registration on a new smartphone during the afternoon of November 1. When installing WhatsApp on a new phone, the app stopped sending SMS to validate the account and, with that, confirm the device number. In place of the code, the warning appeared on the screen: "Temporarily unavailable. Try again in 5 minutes". The problem was reported on DownDetector, a website that monitors the functioning of online services, and also on Twitter. According to the page, the bug affected users in Brazil, Mexico and part of Europe.
Bug in WhatsApp to create account on new smartphone Photo: Reproduo / Anna Kellen Bull
8. Beta version of WhatsApp comes to iPhone
WhatsApp Beta was recently released for iPhone (iOS). Android has had the testing program for more than two years. In the Beta version, the user can use new features before they are even released and, thus, has access to functions that only start to incorporate the official version later. On the other hand, the platform may present instability and bugs in the tools, which can harm the user's experience.
WhatsApp Beta j can be accessed via iPhone Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
9. Tips for using stickers on WhatsApp
WhatsApp released chat stickers for Android and iPhone smartphones. It is possible to add stickers from friends, favor stickers to find them more easily, create your own icons with own photos or friends through third party apps Sticker Studio and WSTicK, for example, in addition to several other tips and tricks to enjoy the new resource. The tool was already available on competitors Telegram and Messenger.
Sticker on WhatsApp Photo: Eduardo Manhes / dnetc
10. Transmission list on WhatsApp for iPhone
The transmission list in WhatsApp allows you to send messages to several contacts at once on a smartphone with iPhone. The user can create a list of up to 256 people to send text, photos, videos and audio. It is worth mentioning that each contact receives the message privately and individually. The idea is to optimize the user's time when sending a common topic, for example, a birthday invitation.
Transmission list on WhatsApp for iPhone Photo: Helito Beggiora / dnetc
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