WhatsApp: These new features are coming in 2022 Better image quality, advanced message deletion and emoji reactions: 2022 brings exciting new features for WhatsApp users. An overview.
WhatsApp is by far the most widely used instant messaging service. The communication app has been a part of the Facebook group Meta for a long time, and it continues to surprise and excite users with new features and enhanced usability year after year.
The colleagues from Inside Digital have compiled a list of the innovations that will be coming up in 2022. In our overview, we show what will change for you at WhatsApp this year.
Advanced delete function
WhatsApp allows deleting messages that have already been read, but this is limited to a very narrow time frame. This only works for messages that can’t be older than an hour (around 68 minutes). That’s going to change.
WhatsApp tested a significantly longer delete function last year. Testers of the new variant were able to delete months-old messages – but it is not yet known what the exact maximum period will be.
Higher image quality when sending photos
Everyone has probably wondered why otherwise high-resolution photos arrive at the recipient with significantly reduced quality when they are sent via WhatsApp.
This is primarily owing to the fact that these photographs are compressed by WhatsApp, and the quality of the images suffers as a result of this compression. In 2022 there should be an option that allows users to decide for themselves the quality of photos to be sent. Here you can choose between quality and file size.
Easier voice messages
Currently voice messages can only be listened to if you remain in the chat in which the voice message was sent. That’s changing: How to decouple voice messages from the chat in which they were sent. In this way, they can also be listened to if you leave the chat and want to write a message to another contact, for example.
The addition of a pause function also makes it easier for users to record voice messages. If you previously only had the option of stopping a recording completely, you should now be able to pause during the recording.
Improved group function and more administrator rights
With “Communities”, WhatsApp wants to offer groups a larger place of communication in the future. A “community” is supposed to represent a kind of superordinate group in which subordinate groups can then find their place one can imagine this as follows: A community is a school and the groups are the respective school classes.
Therefore, administrators should also have significantly more control over the respective groups. They can then also delete messages in groups that come from other users. This allows administrators to moderate groups better and remove unwanted content independently.
Online status display
It is already possible to regulate in the settings who can see when you were last online. However, the selection of options and settings is relatively small. WhatsApp wishes to improve this by providing users with the option to broaden the display of contacts to include special contacts.
Emoji reactions for messages
This function is already known from other platforms such as Facebook , Instagram or Slack: With one click, a message can be marked as “Like”, with a heart or another emoji reaction. WhatsApp now wants to introduce this as well and enable users to reply to messages directly with emojis instead of having to send their own message with just an emoji as content.
Multi-device functionality is expanded
The so-called “multi-device beta” for WhatsApp has been running since last year. Users who have their own account can use the messenger on up to four different devices at the same time with this feature enabled.
In addition, it was necessary to always have one’s own smartphone nearby in order to be able to use WhatsApp this is also to be abolished. A new connection with a verification via the smartphone should only be necessary after a two-week non-use of WhatsApp on the respective device.