A number of new updates have recently rolled out to WhatsApp, including a new desktop app for Windows and new group features and controls for Android and iOS. However, according to WAbetainfo, which tracks all the latest developments around WhatsApp, the instant messaging platform is preparing to introduce various new features in 2023 to improve its user interface.
Check out all the upcoming WhatsApp features we might see soon on Meta-owned WhatsApp.
15 more durations of disappearing messages
By updating the disappearing messages section, the Meta-owned platform plans to add 15 new durations for setting the disappearing messages option. Currently, users can set the time for messages to disappear from options — 24 hours, 7 days and 90 days. The new update will allow users to set a timer for messages to disappear in 1 year, 180 days, 60 days, 30 days, 21 days, 14 days, 6 days, 5 days, 4 days, 3 days, 2 days, 12 hours, 6 hours, 3 hours and 1 hour.
The instant messaging app will soon allow its users to edit and correct messages even after they’ve been sent with a message editing feature. However, the platform will provide a 15-second window to edit sent messages, and edited messages will be visible with the “edited” label to both senders and recipients. This feature is currently under development and is expected to be released early this year.
WhatsApp, like Discord, plans to allow users to join audio chats and stay connected. While users can already initiate group video and audio calls on the platform, the new “audio chats” feature will make the messaging experience even more interactive.
Show the sound once
Just like viewing photos or videos, WhatsApp is now working on a new feature that allows users to send audio messages that can only be played once. This feature will enhance user privacy by preventing the risk of confidential information being leaked.
Pinning messages within chats and groups
WhatsApp is also working on a new feature that allows users to pin messages in the chat window. By selecting the “Pin” option, users will be able to pin messages in a personal or group chat for faster access.