WhatsApp upcoming updates: ‘Block user’ shortcuts, voice status, image sharing quality

WhatsApp users will soon be able to enjoy a set of new exciting features, according to reports.

The popular instant messaging platform has rolled out features including shortcuts to block unwanted users, option to send voice notes as status updates, and a choice to send photos in HD quality; but only for a few Beta testers.

According to WABetaInfo, the new update through the Google Play Beta Program has been rolled out, bringing its latest version up to

The update will introduce a new feature that provides three new shortcuts to block users. This will make it much easier and quicker for users to block unwanted contacts from contacting them.

A screenshot from the website shows the shortcut in action:

The first shortcut is always available within the menu under the chat preview, but is not visible for group chats.

The second shortcut is also always available within the chat options.

The third shortcut, the red button at the top of the screen, will appear when you receive a message from an unknown contact you have not spoken to in the past.

When you use one of these three shortcuts to block a contact, WABetaInfo says, WhatsApp will also ask if you want to report the contact by forwarding the last 5 messages the user has sent you to its moderation team to help them keep the platform and other users safe.

The account may then be banned if WhatsApp sees there is a violation.

These three new shortcuts to block contacts will be available to users that install the latest update of WhatsApp beta for iOS from the TestFlight app. According to WABetaInfo, they will be available for more users soon.


Khaleej Times

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