In May, WhatsApp brought a new feature to Archive Chats. It’ll keep the archive chats as archives, even if the user got a new notification of that particular contact or group.
The archive feature allows users to prioritized their contact accordingly to what matters to them most. Moreover, it can indirectly hide the chats that are set as archives. Simply tapping and holding a chat or group in the list gives you the option to set archive chat, the same we do for deleting any chat at once.
Previously, while getting new messages from archive contact, WhatsApp pushes new message notifications for the chat. It made them clearly visible on the list and notification bar, later WhatsApp added new functions for the Archive chats.
Archived individual or group chats will remain archived even if you receive a new message from that individual or group chat. You will not receive notifications for archived chats if you aren’t mentioned in the group or replied to any message.
This new archive feature has been rolling out with the 2.2135.1 WhatsApp Desktop beta version for some selected users. If you have the same version, you can wait for the next hour as it can take some time in getting enabled on your device. Keep in mind, it’s a beta rollout and the stable version may have more changes.
In this preview, you can check the new Archive feature in WhatsApp Desktop-
(Screenshot from WABetaInfo)
Where to Find Archive Chats in Desktop:
- Open WhatsApp Account
- Click on the More Button
- Select Archive Chats
- Now you can see the contacts you set as Archived
In the previous update, WhatsApp brings some modifications related to the report system and fix a dark mode issue for audio controls in chat section. Now, WhatsApp will only forward five messages to the server, if you report a contact.
However, WhatsApp asks for permission before copying messages but there wasn’t any number mentioned in warning notes. The reporting system will help to block offensive messages from an individual or a group. (Read More Here)
Download WhatsApp [126.96.36.199 stable and 188.8.131.52 beta]
WhatsApp is a multi-platform messaging and voice-over-IP (VoIP) service, which allows users to send text messages and voice messages. Aside from being a voice and texts sharing app, WhatsApp enables you to make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other user-generated content. You just need to download WhatsApp and start using its amazing features.
WhatsApp is available to download from different platforms and app stores on mobile devices. However, WhatsApp developers test and rolls out new app updates as soon as it enters the testing pool and send release stable app versions once they are tested.
Below you can check all of the latest WhatsApp Stable and Beta app versions.
Download WhatsApp (Beta and Stable):
- WhatsApp 184.108.40.206 (beta) APK (November 15, 2021)
- WhatsApp 220.127.116.11 (stable) APK (November 15, 2021)
- WhatsApp 18.104.22.168 (beta) APK (Octber 9, 2021)
- WhatsApp 22.214.171.124 (beta) APK (October 6, 2021)
- WhatsApp 126.96.36.199 (stable) APK (September 30, 2021)
- WhatsApp 188.8.131.52 (beta) APK (September 26, 2021)
- WhatsApp 184.108.40.206 (stable) APK (September 26, 2021)
- WhatsApp 220.127.116.11 (beta) APK (September 22, 2021)
- WhatsApp 18.104.22.168 (beta) APK (September 14, 2021)
- WhatsApp 22.214.171.124 (beta) APK (September 10, 2021)
- WhatsApp 126.96.36.199 (beta) APK (August 31, 2021)
- WhatsApp 188.8.131.52 (stable) APK (August 31, 2021)
- WhatsApp 184.108.40.206 (beta) APK (August 20, 2021)
- WhatsApp 220.127.116.11 (stable) APK (August 20, 2021)
- WhatsApp 18.104.22.168 (beta) APK (August 16, 2021)
- WhatsApp 22.214.171.124 (stable) APK (August 16, 2021)
- WhatsApp 126.96.36.199 (beta) APK (August 12, 2021)
- WhatsApp 188.8.131.52 (stable) APK (August 12, 2021)
- WhatsApp 184.108.40.206 (beta) APK (August 8, 2021)
- WhatsApp 220.127.116.11 (beta) APK (August 7, 2021)
- WhatsApp 18.104.22.168 (beta) APK (August 4, 2021)
- WhatsApp 22.214.171.124 (beta) APK (July 31, 2021)
- WhatsApp 126.96.36.199 (beta) APK (July 28, 2021)
- WhatsApp 188.8.131.52 (beta) APK (July 22, 2021)
- WhatsApp 184.108.40.206 (Stable) APK (July 22, 2021)
- WhatsApp 220.127.116.11 (beta) APK (July 19, 2021)
- WhatsApp 18.104.22.168 (beta) APK (July 17, 2021)
- WhatsApp 22.214.171.124 (beta) APK (July 15, 2021)
- WhatsApp 126.96.36.199 (beta) APK
- WhatsApp 188.8.131.52 stable APK
- WhatsApp APK 184.108.40.206 (beta)
- WhatsApp APK 220.127.116.11 (beta)
- WhatsApp APK 18.104.22.168 (beta)
- WhatsApp APK 22.214.171.124 (beta)
- WhatsApp APK 126.96.36.199 (beta)
- WhatsApp APK 188.8.131.52 (beta)
- WhatsApp APK 184.108.40.206 (stable)
- WhatsApp APK 220.127.116.11 (beta)
- WhatsApp APK 18.104.22.168 (beta)
- WhatsApp APK 22.214.171.124 (beta)
- WhatsApp APK 126.96.36.199 (beta)
- WhatsApp APK 188.8.131.52 (beta)
NO FEES: WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family, so you don’t have to pay for every message or call.* There are no subscription fees to use WhatsApp.
MULTIMEDIA: Send and receive photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.
FREE CALLS: Call your friends and family for free with WhatsApp Calling, even if they’re in another country.* WhatsApp calls use your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes. (Note: Data charges may apply. Contact your provider for details. Also, you can’t access 911 and other emergency service numbers through WhatsApp).
GROUP CHAT: Enjoy group chats with your contacts so you can easily stay in touch with your friends or family.
WHATSAPP WEB: You can also send and receive WhatsApp messages right from your computer’s browser.
NO INTERNATIONAL CHARGES: There’s no extra charge to send WhatsApp messages internationally. Chat with your friends around the world and avoid international SMS charges.
SAY NO TO USERNAMES AND PINS: Why bother having to remember yet another username or PIN? WhatsApp works with your phone number, just like SMS, and integrates seamlessly with your phone’s existing address book.
ALWAYS LOGGED IN: With WhatsApp, you’re always logged in so you don’t miss messages. No more confusion about whether you’re logged in or logged out.
QUICKLY CONNECT WITH YOUR CONTACTS: Your address book is used to quickly and easily connect you with your contacts who have WhatsApp so there’s no need to add hard-to-remember usernames.
OFFLINE MESSAGES: Even if you miss your notifications or turn off your phone, WhatsApp will save your recent messages until the next time you use the app.
AND MUCH MORE: Share your location, exchange contacts, set custom wallpapers and notification sounds, email chat history, broadcast messages to multiple contacts at once, and more.
WhatsApp Android rolling out new stickers and emoji with 184.108.40.206 beta
WhatsApp has a lot of stickers and emojis that you can send your friends and anybody in the contact list and make your conversations more interactive. In the latest addition, WhatsApp for Android has released version 220.127.116.11 beta for the testers that brings new stickers and emojis.
According to Wabetainfo, WhatsApp Android 18.104.22.168 version brings new emojis, stickers, and the ability to create a new group icon using a custom background. This is quite an interesting addition for WhatsApp users.
The screenshot below shows how, you can edit the group info and create a new icon by entering Emoji & stickers option, from here you can choose the background color of the image and easily place a sticker or an emoji as you prefer.
Currently, WhatsApp 22.214.171.124 is only available for beta testers but it’ll soon expand for all users once the testing concludes.
(image source – wabetainfo)
Ahead of this testing, WhatsApp has released 126.96.36.199. This beta version enabled an important feature in the Last Seen menu – My Contacts Except. This feature was under development for a while and it has begun to expand for more users.
While using this feature, you can choose, which contact cannot see your last seen information. However, if you use this feature, you won’t be able to see their last seen information either.
Wait there’s more, ahead of the above two versions, the chat app maker has also rolled out another important feature. Let’s dive in.
WhatsApp 188.8.131.52 beta brings a new Contact Info user interface. On the other hand, WhatsApp now has a new default timer, as it now supports 24 hours and 90 days as new expiration times for disappearing chats.
You can enable the default message timer in the settings. Furthermore, there are also new changes for the multi-device for more beta testers. The latest changes allow WhatsApp to stop sending notifications when the security code is updated every time the linked device list is changed.
All of these versions are under beta testing and will rollout with a stable software update.
WhatsApp Business accounts getting new changes
The WhatsApp iOS 184.108.40.206 beta is installing new changes in the business accounts. The changes are related to privacy terms and Cloud API while chatting with a business account.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working on a new Cloud API service that works accordingly to how a business account user wants to use services.
In an over, the team is making it simpler to utilize external services to store the conversation. Let’s first take a look at the preview of new changes before starting our discussion-
(Image credits: WABetaInfo)
New Changes in WhatsApp Business Accounts:
This time, WhatsApp hasn’t brought any modification to the E2E encrypted messages. Instead, it’s about the way used to mark Business Accounts in the chat from the user’s side.
To put it simpler, When a user connects with WhatsApp business accounts, the conversation follows E2E message encryption. After that, it’ll depend on the business account owners of how they want to store the history as there are multiple ways available.
The Business Accounts may rely on Facebook or other third-party services with different terms and conditions. In case, if a user is chatting with Business Accounts that are using other services, WhatsApp will notify the user with special chat bubbles.
At last, it’ll depend on the users if they want to continue contacting the business owners or not. Moreover, WhatsApp is enabling the Business Accounts to use other services, and simultaneously notify the users about them.
However, WhatsApp is claiming not reveling the business message to Facebook by using its services. On the other hand, if users contact the business accounts using other cloud services, their personal chat will still encrypt with E2E encryption.
All business users are suggested to install the WhatsApp beta 220.127.116.11, which is compatible with new services. At present, it only rolling out for iOS users, while Android users may have to wait for a while.