WhatsApp is working on a feature that will improve the user experience of joining existing groups on the popular messaging app. Feature Tracker shared details of a new WhatsApp setting that will display messages from groups for up to 24 hours before adding members to chats. This feature can only be enabled by group admins (or admins) and will help provide newly added members with context on recent messages. Meanwhile, Meta’s CEO announced a new feature that will take the hassle out of naming new groups on WhatsApp.
The Meta-owned messaging service is currently working on a feature called “Recent History Sharing,” according to WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo. spot On WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11, the feature will display chats sent to the group by existing members up to 24 hours before the user joins the group.
It’s worth noting that the feature is still under development, which means beta testers won’t be able to try it out on WhatsApp’s latest beta version, and there’s no word on when the feature will eventually roll out to all users. The popular messaging platform is currently rolling out its recently announced channels feature, which allows users to view up to 30 days of previous messages when joining a new channel. Unlike channels, groups’ recent history sharing feature provides a shorter 24-hour window.
As mentioned, the setting can only be enabled by group admins, and WABetaInfo says existing members will see a message informing them that the feature is turned on. The image shared by the feature tracker shows a small message in chat (possibly revealed using reverse engineering) confirming that recent history sharing has been turned on for new participants.
Meanwhile, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that the messaging app is rolling out a feature that will automatically start new group chats with participant names to create on WhatsApp. There is no need to consider the group name when creating a new group chat. A screenshot shared by Zuckerberg illustrates the feature.
The new automatic group naming feature should be available to users on all platforms, and Gadgets 360 was able to confirm that it works on the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android, but not on the iOS version of the app. Users expect the feature to roll out in the app on smartphones in the coming weeks.