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WhatsApp

  • The WhatsApp questions you were too embarrassed to ask, answered

    WhatsApp is simple enough in theory. It's a messaging application with voice and video call support. But that's merely its elevator pitch. When diving down into its many settings and features, WhatsApp can be tailored to your needs provided you know exactly how to tame it. If you're someone who hates visiting FAQs or haven't really tweaked a messaging service before, this article's for you. How do I change by WhatsApp number, and inform my contacts? If you have a new smartphone number and don't want to sacrifice your contacts, groups or settings from your old number, there's a setting that allows you...

  • WhatsApp will limit how many messages you can forward

    Last week WhatsApp announced that it will label forwarded messages. This week, the social media platform is launching a test to limit forwarded messages altogether. Limited forwarding means that there will be a certain number of chats you can forward to a group of specific user at a time. Though the blog post did not say what this limit will specifically be, it did state that users in India will be given a "lower" limit of five chats at once, along with the removal of the quick forwarding option. According to WhatsApp, India has the highest forwarding traffic of any nation. "We believe...

  • WhatsApp now labels the forwarded messages you receive

    A new feature on WhatsApp will now indicate if a message you receive has been forwarded from another conversation. This means that you will be able to see if you are the original receiver of a message or not. Forwarding messages is a simple affair: hold said message until WhatsApp's top command bar is visible, then hit the right-facing arrow icon at the right hand side of the bar. A list of contacts will then appear. Additionally, if you receive a forwarded message, you will be notified by a small label above said message. "This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats...

  • These are WhatsApp’s shiny new Group Chat features

    In a not-all-that-exciting update, WhatsApp has tweaked the way groups work on its platform. There are five distinct changes outlined by the company on its blog. Firstly, group descriptions are now more verbose, allowing users to set "the purpose, guidelines or topics for the group". (Good luck sticking to them though.) "When a new person joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat," the company highlights. Secondly, group admins can now determine "who can change the group's subject, icon, and description" through the group settings menu. "Admins can now remove admin permissions of other group participants, and group...

  • Instagram, Facebook videos can now be viewed within WhatsApp

    An update to WhatsApp on iOS brings with its a nifty new feature. Users who send one another Instagram or Facebook videos can now play said videos within WhatsApp. This means that you needn't leave the chat app, to visit Facebook, watch that viral video of a lemming, and return with thoughts to the aforementioned chat app. This now fits alongside its already established YouTube, audio and GIF playback support. It's a small tweak, but tells of a more integrated Facebook ecosystem we'll likely see in the future. The update, labelled as 2.18.51, is live in the US, but it's not clear if...

  • WhatsApp will raise its minimum age from 13 to 16 in the EU

    Facebook's raising WhatsApp's minimum age to 16 in Europe, as the company prepares to iron its shirt ahead the forthcoming instalment of the General Data Protection Regulation. At present, teenagers as young as 13 can sign up to use the messaging service, in similar vein to Facebook's other properties. It's not clear if the company's will review its minimum age on its other services too. Nevertheless, new users signing into WhatsApp will be asked to confirm their age. It'll be interesting to see just how, or if, WhatsApp and Facebook will enforce this, considering that little information is shared on the chat...

  • WhatsApp now lets you set descriptions for chat groups

    Have too many WhatsApp groups with arbitrary names? Well now you can add a "group description" to differentiate the one from the other. The feature was first spotted in WhatsApp's beta versions in late February, but is now rolling out to the app's stable channel. As the name of the feature suggests, it allows users to set a brief description for any group made within the chat app. The description will appear below the group's name on the group info page. While this is nice for differentiating the millions of hiking groups I've involuntarily been enrolled in, you may want to guard against...

  • WhatsApp buffs its message deletion time to 4096 seconds

    That awkward moment when you hit send and realise that sultry message you just drafted for your significant other is heading to your granny's WhatsApp instead. If you noticed your error within seven minutes, you were able to delete it, and avoid an even more awkward conversation at the upcoming family reunion. But WhatsApp is about to make your errant messages a little less permanent and family reunions a lot less avoidable. According to an update sniffed out by WABetaInfo, the latest Android beta (version 2.18.69) allows users to delete messages up to 4096 seconds after you've sent it -- that's...

  • WhatsApp Business app debuts, lets companies chat with users

    There's a brand new official version of WhatsApp, but it won't be replacing the current green-icon messenger you know and love. Instead, the Facebook-owned service has today launched WhatsApp Business -- an app that "will make it easier for companies to connect with customers" and can be installed alongside the default app. The reason for a distinct business app is simple. The messaging service claims in a blog post that the original app -- now harbouring over 1.3-billion users -- "was built for people" and not companies. WhatsApp Business largely addresses these issues, giving companies more room in their profiles to include...

  • WhatsApp saw 75bn messages sent and received on New Year’s Eve

    How did you wish loved ones a Happy New Year? For some across the world who typically use WhatsApp, this task was made difficult by an unexpected year-end outage. But in spite of this poor luck, the Facebook-owned messaging service still recorded a new single day pinnacle for messages sent and received on its platform. A record 75-billion messages were reportedly sent and received on New Year's Eve, besting the previous number -- set last year -- by some 12-billion. That's an average of about 57 messages per WhatsApp user. 13-billion images and five billion videos were also snapped, recorded and shared...

  • Is WhatsApp down across the world again? Twitter thinks so

    WhatsApp is down yet again, this according to user reports published to Twitter on Thursday evening. Tweets suggest that the messaging service began experiencing issues just before 9pm SAST. Is whatsapp down for everyone else? — Leo (@taylorleoswift) November 30, 2017 Anyone else's #WhatsappDown? — Krupesh (@krupeshn) November 30, 2017 According to website status dashboard DownDetector, users across Europe, Africa, South America, the Asian subcontinent and the Middle East cannot send or receive messages. This also includes us in South Africa. WhatsApp's previous worldwide outage came earlier this month. There's no indication of the cause of this particular service disruption. Is the messaging app down for you too?...

  • WhatsApp down worldwide

    Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp experienced a brief outage Friday morning. Users, voicing concerns on Facebook and Twitter, were reportedly unable to send or receive messages. According to DownDetector, central Europe, Indonesia, the west coast of India and China were most vocal regarding the outage, which also affected South Africa. When twitter confirms #WhatsApp is down 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/ppI1gGkXMs — Jack Marian (@JackMarian2) November 3, 2017 It's not known what caused the outage. The latest issue also comes after May 2017's global WhatsApp blackout, which struck in the early hours of the morning. The service is reportedly returning to normal for some. This is a developing story... Feature image: Memeburn

  • WhatsApp Status, Instagram Stories both top 300m users

    On the back of its quarterly financial statement and clarification of its user numbers, Facebook this week announced the figures behind its two other flagship social products: Instagram and WhatsApp. Both services, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed, will be at the forefront of the company's drive in the video sharing space. And it's clear that users are gravitating towards both. In an earnings call to investors on Wednesday, Zuckerberg revealed that both Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status -- two Snapchat clones in their own right -- topped 300-million users each. Yes. Each. Both Stories and Status boasted 250-million users in Q2 2017. That's...

  • You can soon ‘unsend’ embarrassing, erroneous messages on WhatsApp

    WhatsApp is finally rolling out a feature that will let users to retract and delete messages they've already sent. Although it doesn't seem to be live worldwide just yet, a brief tutorial is available on WhatsApp's FAQ. "Deleting messages for everyone allows you to delete specific messages you have sent to either a group or an individual chat. This is particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake," it reads. Yes. That means you can now delete an erroneous, embarrassing or awkward message from your device and the recipient's device. Here's...

  • WhatsApp introduces live location sharing feature

    WhatsApp will soon introduce a live location tracking feature, the company announced this week. "Whether you're meeting up with friends, letting loved ones know you're safe, or sharing your commute, Live Location is a simple and secure way to let people know where you are," the company explains in a blog post. As its name would suggest, the addition allows users and groups in your contact list to see your realtime location. Traditional location sharing in the "attach" menu within chat screens will now feature a "share live location" option. Users can also adjust how long they'd like their location to...