WhatsApp will end support for the Android 4.0.4 version and below support from November 1 onwards. The company has officially announced that the support is over for the corresponding Android version devices and phone models.
The latest action is related to the upcoming version of Android and the latest features that WhatsApp developers want to include in this app that doesn’t support the lower version of the Android due to the API restrictions.
Furthermore, the developers also come to a point that the App doesn’t seem to be used much in the least version of Android. Therefore the upcoming WhatsApp versions may soon exclude the support for this Android platform.
WhatsApp also published a guideline on this matter and clearly mentioned supporting Android phones running OS 4.1 or later. In our opinion, this is just common practice and a required one.
WhatsApp Chat history:
If any of the Android 4.0.4 or below users want to continue using WhatsApp, they must have to migrate their chat history from their old phone to a new one via the following instructions.
First Back up your Chats:
Go to WhatsApp > tap More options > Settings > Chats > Chat backup > BACK UP.
Export Chat History:
- Open the individual or group chat.
- Tap More options > More > Export chat.
- Choose whether to export with media or without media.
An email will be composed with your chat history attached as a .txt document.
Restore your backup:
There are two ways that you can restore the backup:
- Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.
- Open WhatsApp and verify your number.
- When prompted, tap RESTORE to restore your chats and media from Google Drive.
- After the restoration process is complete, tap NEXT. Your chats will be displayed once initialization is complete.
- WhatsApp will begin restoring your media files after your chats are restored.
Via local storage:
- Your phone will store up to the last seven days worth of local backup files.
- Local backups will be automatically created every day at 2:00 AM and saved as a file on your phone.
- If your data isn’t stored in the /sdcard/WhatsApp/ folder, you might see “internal storage” or “main storage” folders.
(Via – Wabetainfo)
WhatsApp rolling out the Undo Status update for Android device
Well, the new function will allow a user to remove their status quickly. It has the same function as the delete but it’s a more fast way to erase status if has been sent mistakenly or unplanned.
However, the users will be able to use the delete process as previously, it’s just a quicker way. In addition, WhatsApp will also inform the users after they’ll undo their status.
As of now, you can check the preview of where you can find this function in the app-
(Image Credit: WABetaInfo)
Rolling out Status:
The WhatsApp Undo Status feature has started to roll out with the Android 126.96.36.199 version update for some specific beta testers. Yet, some users might already have this feature after installing the 188.8.131.52 beta update.
Still, if you have been updated on the laters version and don’t see this feature, it hasn’t been enabled on your devices. Therefore, the users are required to wait for the next update and then check the availability of this feature.
At present, it has only available for devices working on Android platforms. The iOS users might have to wait for a few more days. The team will soon release the function with a future update.
More About WhatsApp:
Previously WhatsApp informed about the copy sticker image function for the WhatsApp Web user. It will appear when a user mouse over the sticker in the chat. Furthermore, the users will be able to share the converted stickers in other chats. It first appears on the macOS devices meanwhile the further information hasn’t cleared yet. (Read Full Story Here)
WhatsApp giving a control bar for picture-in-picture videos
Alongside the drawing tools, emojis, and communication section, WhatsApp also starts enhancing its video watching capabilities by providing them with control bar buttons.
At present, the other social media platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, ShareChat, and Streamable offer the picture-in-picture control bar capability. So, WhatsApp begins developing this section to be more competitive towards the other applications.
In the latest edition, WhatsApp released the Android 184.108.40.206 beta update that is bringing the control bar features for the device. Now, the users will be able to pause and resume the streaming clip while encountering any other work.
Let’s first check the new feature preview-
(WhatsApp control bar Image Source WABetaInfo)
WhatsApp Control Bar:
As we know, if we receive any video link from Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube, WhatsApp allows a picture in a picture videocast. Now the control switches will have a pause button to enable the user to resume and stop a video. However, the YouTube videos will have two options of watch later and share in full-screen mode.
This new feature has been rolled out with a 220.127.116.11 Android beta update. At present, some selected users are receiving this feature, so those who didn’t get it yet are recommended to wait until the next update.
With the earlier update, WhatsApp informed about the copy sticker image function for the WhatsApp Web user. It will appear when a user mouse over the sticker in the chat. Furthermore, the users will be able to share the converted stickers in other chats.
At present, this feature has appeared for the WhatsApp web users with macOS. However, there is no clear information about the release of this feature for everyone as it is still in the development phase.
New Copy Sticker Image feature is coming for WhatsApp Web users
Recently, WhatsApp sent a new 2.2142.0 version update for the WhatsApp Web and Desktop users. After inspecting it, the experts of WABetaInfo have found a new option called- Copy Sticker Image added on the WhatsApp Web.
This has replaced the previous one called Copy Image that only allows users to replicate the received images. Now, the stickers can be portrayal in other chats with more ease and convenience. But, let’s look at the preview first-
(Image Credit: WABetaInfo)
WhatsApp Web Copy Sticker Image feature:
As this feature is still in the development phase, it only offered some limited attributes that are mentioned below. However, it’s not the final list, WhatsApp can add more options in the future.
- This Copy Sticker Image menu option will be pop-up when a user mouse over the sticker in WhatsApp Web.
- It’ll allow a user to convert the sticker to an image.
- The converted media can be shared in the chats inside the application.
- Users won’t be able to save the stickers on their desktops and systems.
- Still, the stickers can be copied into other applications such as Discord.
When Coming for the Users:
There is no clear information about the release of this feature for everyone. Many modifications are half-done to let this feature adapt to every platform. However, the above-attached screenshot is for the macOS. It means, the Apple device holder will get to taste this feature first, then it’ll rollout for the other platforms.
More About WhatsApp Web:
In August, WhatsApp assigned new drawing tools for the Web/Desktop users letting them perform basic editing with the application. In addition, the new layout provides separate buttons for emojis, stickers, text, sketches, crop, undo and redo. Overall, the editing section in Web or Desktop has become more convenient.