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Top 5 WhatsApp Features in 2018: Group Video Calls, Facebook to WhatsApp Sharing And More

Here are the top WhatsApp features which are about to be a part of your WhatsApp experience soon.

Updated:May 23, 2018, 1:27 PM IST
Top 5 WhatsApp Features in 2018: Group Video Calls, Facebook to WhatsApp Sharing And More
Here is a list of all the new WhatsApp features which are soon to be a part of your WhatsApp experience. (Image: Reuters)
Facebook-owned chat platform WhatsApp has been quite active since the start of the year 2018 and has introduced a streak of new features for its users. Some of these features have already rolled out on the Android and iOS apps while the others are still in the process of development. Facebook, in its F8 annual developer's conference, had announced these features and since then has brought some of them on the app. Here is a list of such WhatsApp features which are on their way to make your experience on the app even more convenient.

Group Video Calling

This has certainly been the most hyped feature that is set to make its way to WhatsApp. WhatsApp had started to focus on providing its users with call-centric features since a year or two and since then, has introduced voice calling as well as video calling support on its Android and iOS app. Now, the company is set to take it a step forward and add 'group video calling' to enable its users to add multiple participants to an ongoing video call. As for its current status, the feature has been spotted in certain devices and it is believed that WhatsApp has started rolling out the update to some users.

Restrict Group

As per this new feature which was first spotted in December last year, additional administrative rights are given to the group admins on WhatsApp. In Admin Settings, the administrator can restrict who can change the group info. Administrators can keep sharing media and chat as normal as they restrict other members. Once restricted, other members will simply have to read their messages and will not be able to respond. They will have to use the "Message Admin" button to post a message or share media to the group. The message will need to be approved by the administrator before going through to the rest of the group.

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Facebook to WhatsApp Sharing

Facebook is reportedly testing a 'Send to Whatsapp' option, which allows an alternative way to message a post directly to someone. When Facebook users find something that may be of interest to others then click 'share' and get a drop-down menu of possible options: 'Share', 'Share Now (Friends)', 'Send as Message', 'Share on a Friend's Timeline', 'Share to a Page'. And 'Send to WhatsApp' seems to be next. Several beta users have already received this feature on their Facebook app.

Through the feature, Facebook users will be able to share Facebook content with their contacts directly through WhatsApp.

Locked, Preview Voice Recordings

WhatsApp might soon roll out a ‘Locked Recording’ feature in its next update. As the name suggests, the feature will let users lock on an ongoing voice recording so as to avoid having to long press the record icon. In addition to this, a 'Preview' recording option might also make its way to the app which would allow users to preview their voice recordings before sending them across to contacts.

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Download WhatsApp Data

In compliance with the new EU data privacy rules, WhatsApp has introduced a new feature for its users to increase the transparency with which the app works. The new feature allows the users to request and even export a report of their account information like contacts, profile photos, groups and is even allowing users to port to another IM messaging app if they are still not confident of using WhatsApp. The report, however, does not include messages or photos sent on chat. For that still, users will have to export their chat history to their email.

So here are the top features that WhatsApp is bringing for its users. Which one are you waiting for? Let us know in the commment section below.

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