WhatsApp launched a lot of features in 2020 and improved some of the 2019 features for a better experience. Some of these are a new storage management tool, advance search, dark mode, and more. As there are so many features, it becomes hard to keep a track of all of them. So, we have created a list of the best WhatsApp features that were added to Android and iOS this year beginning with the most recent.
New storage management tool.
Just a few weeks back, WhatsApp released a new and improved version of the storage management tool, which is a quite useful feature. With this, one can check all the forwarded photos, videos, files in the storage management section and delete them once for all. You are also allowed to separately delete all the media of an individual chat. The Facebook-owned company has even added a dedicated section, which shows a number of files larger than 5MB. The new tool not only saves time but also makes it easier for you to delete unnecessary media. Users will find the new storage management tool in the Settings section > Storage and data > Manage storage.
Group voice/video call limit increased.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the world was locked indoors and used video call apps to communicate more often. As WhatsApp is mostly used all over the world, the company decided to increase the voice/video call limit for a better experience. The messaging service used to allow only four participants for group video and voice calls but that was changed as an effort to improve virtual video conferences. WhatsApp extended the participant limit to eight users to help people connect better during the COVID-19 lockdown. It was made available to all Android and iOS users. Specifically, on this one, there is now a chatroom feature on the attachments icon which allows available contacts and users to enter a chatroom via Facebook Messenger which is a parent company to WhatsApp. This made it is for connectivity and all WhatsApp users can take advantage of this option without any hassle to sign up for applications like Zoom and Microsoft teams.
WhatsApp Dark mode.
Earlier this year, WhatsApp added the most demanded feature to its app, which is Dark mode. The dark theme not only helps offer relief to the eyes but also saves your phone’s battery by a small margin. When you enable it, the feature will change the background of all sections of WhatsApp to dark grey. To enable the dark theme, you need to visit the Settings section, then tap on ‘Chats.’ Now, go to ‘Theme’ in the Display section, which will show you three options, including Light, Dark, and System Default. Those running Android 9 or below, will see a Set by Battery Saver option. The Dark mode is available for both Android and iOS WhatsApp users.
WhatsApp Advanced Search.
In 2020, WhatsApp also introduced an advanced search feature. It allows all the users to filter the search with not only photos, texts, audio, GIFs, and videos, but also documents as well as links. You can use the Advanced Search feature by just tapping on the search icon on the top bar and initiate a search. The app will display search results from chat history and also offer options to search the same keyword for photos, links, and videos.
With these additional features, WhatsApp is quickly becoming the most user-friendly platform for communication.