WHATSAPP is changing its Status feature to be more useful.
A secret update coming to the app has been revealed – potentially months before it goes live.
WhatsApp regularly trials new features in the "beta test" version of the app.
Now the sleuths at WABetaInfo have unearthed an "under development" change to the app in a screenshot.
Status updates will now have better previews when you share links in status updates.
This brings it more in line with Instagram.
Read more on WhatsApp
I’m a WhatsApp genius – new update lets you be VERY sneaky with group chats
I’m a WhatsApp sleuth – here are THREE secret changes coming to the app
"As you can see in this screenshot, rich link previews will also be available in a future update of WhatsApp beta for Android," WABetaInfo explained.
"Rich link previews are always generated if the user waits for a few seconds before sharing the link as a status update.
"And the recipients will be able to see them if the feature is enabled for their WhatsApp account.
"This is another improvement for text status updates after introducing small UI changes to some users last week."
Most read in News Tech
Apple warns EVERY iPhone user over creepy tracking – check your model now
Google trolled by Brits after giving security feature VERY rude name
iPhone 12 gets HUGE price cut with 200GB of 5G data for just £35 a month
Warning after Apple sued for 'bursting eardrums of boy, 12, with AirPods'
Sadly it's impossible to know exactly when this change will go live.
The Status feature is a lot like Stories on Instagram.
It launched in February 2017, and mimicked rival chat apps like Snapchat and Facebook.
But this latest change could be days, weeks or even months away – if it rolls out to the public at all.
If you want to try new WhatsApp features first, follow our guide on how to join the beta.
How to get WhatsApp beta
To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.
Scroll down the page until you see "Become a Beta Tester".
Tap the "I'm In" button and then click "Join" to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.
Read More on The Sun
Inside the new space-themed hotel with a HUGE galactic water park
I eat three meals a day even though I haven’t paid for food in a month
Joining the WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult, and has limited capacity.
Follow Apple’s guide here.
- Read all the latest Phones & Gadgets news
- Keep up-to-date on Apple stories
- Get the latest on Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram
Best Phone and Gadget tips and hacks
Looking for tips and hacks for your phone? Want to find those secret features within social media apps? We have you covered…
- How to delete your Instagram account
- What does pending mean on Snapchat?
- How to check if you've been blocked on WhatsApp
- How to drop a pin on Google Maps
- How can I change my Facebook password?
- How to go live on TikTok
- How to clear the cache on an iPhone
- What is NFT art?
- What is OnlyFans?
- What does Meta mean?
Get all the latest WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and other tech gadget stories here.
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science team? Email us at [email protected]
Source: Read Full Article