WhatsApp has decided to start 2023 by implementing several new features for its instant messaging platform, in order to improve the user experience when interacting with their contacts and in this way discourage the use of unofficial applications that have attractive options for people.
Within the framework of this trend, it was recently discovered that the Meta application is developing a tool that would appear as an improvement to the ‘favorite messages’ option, since it was designed to help users stand out and locate more quickly important content in chats.
Is about the ‘pinned messages’ function, which offers a new way to highlight a text, photo, video, file or voice note within a group or individual conversation.
According to a screenshot shared by WABetaInfo, portal specialized in filtering WhatsApp news, this news was incorporated through a recent update to the beta version of WhatsApp for Android (edition 18.104.22.168). The image shows how the messages that are anchored in a conversation will look like.
But if the user tries to pin the message and the recipient has a less recent version of WhatsApp, the platform will display a message indicating that it is necessary to update to the latest version of the platform in order to display the message correctly.
It is important to note that This novelty represents a very useful function for users who need to highlight several important messages in a conversation, since this will avoid the task of reviewing the ‘favorites’ option or having to spend several minutes reviewing the entire conversation.
Another great advantage of this tool is that it can also be used in group conversations and therefore it can be used as a resource to pin messages or other content and thus make certain messages, photos or other content more accessible to all members of the chat.
On the other hand, it is important to emphasize that the functionality to pin messages within individual and group chats is still under development and therefore it is a feature that is only available to beta tester users.
However, it is highly probable that this option will be implemented in the official version of WhatsApp through an update that would eventually be released later this year. But at the moment the platform has not issued an official statement on this tool or its release date.
What is WhatsApp Beta?
It should be reiterated that usually WhatsApp tests its new functions with a small group of people, this with the aim of detecting failures or collecting suggestions on the tools that you want to incorporate into your platform.
This group of users is part of a program called WhatsApp beta, through which access is granted to a special version of the application that incorporates Experimental or development features.
How to have WhatsApp Beta on Android?
The process to sign up for the WhatsApp beta program does not represent a major difficulty, for this it is only necessary to follow the following actions:
- From a web browser enter the official page of the WhatsApp beta program
- Click on the “Become a Tester” button
- If you have the app installed, you must perform an update from Google Play
- If you do not have the app, you will have to search Google Play for the official WhatsApp application
- Download the application on the smartphone
After completing the above steps, the user will be part of the WhatsApp beta program and therefore will have access to the experimental functions that the platform is developing.
From that moment, it is important that the user tries to have the latest version available, of WhatsApp, this in order to be able to count on all the changes that are running on the apps.