WHATSAPP is planning a new feature that should make finding older texts a cinch. Here’s how it works on your Android and iOS smartphone.
If you’ve been facing erratic behaviour on WhatsApp since yesterday, you are not alone. According to reports, millions of users of the messaging service across India have been facing issues with their privacy settings where users were unable to update the ‘Last Seen’ feature. The app would report an error saying that the change cannot be done. In certain cases, users were left with the last seen feature automatically switched to Nobody, preventing anyone to see if a user is online.
According to Downdetector, reports of users facing these issues came in from India, US, UK, Europe and other parts of Asia. WABetaInfo, known for reporting anything and everything around WhatsApp, also confirmed the issue. The website further said that there is another issue with the app regarding the login. Users were unable to register new accounts and were also unable to log in with their existing WhatsApp account. It was advised that users do not make the effort of uninstalling and then reinstalling WhatsApp as they could completely lose the ability to use their account until a fix is found.
WhatsApp is testing a new feature that promises to make unearthing text messages much faster – and less hassle. We’ve all had that teeth-grindingly frustrating moment when you’re trying to unearth an old message with an address, phone number, birthday or a group selfie sent a few months earlier. But that could soon be a thing of the past.
Following the issues, a lot of users reportedly started spreading fake news suggesting that WhatsApp is experimenting with some new features where users would be allowed to hide the last seen and online status. Users were also saying that soon WhatsApp will disable the blue tick feature that denotes if a message has been delivered and read. Notably, there is no such development happening and all the information is false.
As per the last update by WABetaInfo, the registration and login issues have been fixed. The bugs with status update and last seen features also seem to be fixed at the time of writing this article. We have personally checked our WhatsApp accounts and can confirm that the above-mentioned issues are nowhere to be seen.
hugely influential Twitter account that unearths features in-development and shares details from the latest beta releases – WhatsApp is looking to add a new way to search through old messages.
As long as you know roughly when the text, voice message, video, document or photo was sent, WhatsApp’s new feature will let you immediately time-travel back to a specific day, month, or year.
Based on the latest beta, when you launch a search within a chat – you’ll get a Rolodex of dates to quickly cycle through. Of course, don’t get too excited quite yet. After all, Facebook-owned WhatsApp experiments with new features and functionality all the time – and not all of these make the cut for updates to Android and iOS users worldwide.
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So there’s no guarantee this new date-search will make it to your smartphone. However, WhatsApp has clearly been trying to overhaul its search capabilities in the last few months. The world’s most popular messaging service treated iPhone owners to the ability to drill-down their search based on the type of file. The ability to narrow the search based on a date would be a very useful, complementary addition to the search functionality.
And that’s not the only trick WhatsApp has up its sleeve.