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Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging platform has received an update today, bringing support for 3D Touch gestures on new iPhones to the popular software.

The new WhatsApp 2.2.18 allows you to press in-app content harder to Peek and Pop pictures, videos, links, contacts cards and locations in chats. Home screen shortcuts via 3D Touch are not available yet in this release.

In addition, the app’s interface is now mirrored and optimized for right-to-left languages on iPhones running iOS 9.0 or later.

Unfortunately, you cannot 3D Touch a conversation in the message list to preview its contents nor can you use the Quick Reply function to respond to a message from within its banner notification.

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WhatsApp 2.12.8 changelog

Here’s what’s new in WhatsApp 2.12.8:

  • 3D Touch: Support for 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. You can now quickly Peek and Pop pictures, videos, links, contact cards, and locations you send and receive in chats.
  • The WhatsApp interface is now mirrored and optimized for right-to-left languages like Arabic (iOS 9+).
  • Bug fixes

The previous update to WhatsApp has added the ability to star individual messages so it’s easier to find them later.


WhatsApp requires an iPhone with iOS 6.0 or later.

The app is localized in English, Arabic, Bokmål, Norwegian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Grab WhatsApp free of charge in the App Store.

  • Soh SEe Wee

    when will we see quick reply in iphone? i dont need peek and pop.. i need quick reply

    • Evandro Nascimento

      IOS 9.1 beta..

  • Fardeen Beharry

    still no quick reply!!!

  • There are quick replies and 3D touch shortcuts, and reply from Apple Watch.

    • Hussain Alsanona

      I didn’t see quick reply on mine nor apple watch reply. Just 3D Touch support

  • dbesiryan

    Is it right, That the quick reply function is only available on ios 9.1 (or 9.0)?

    • I am in 9.1, but it would be very strange that these features worked only in a unreleased version.

      • Stijn

        I’m on 9.1, and its not working for me…

      • This is incredible XD

      • Alberto Espinal

        I’m in 9.1 Beta 5 and The QR works just fine!!

  • Gabriel Anaya

    Need quick reply more than 3D Touch :/

    • NeftyCorrea

      9.1 has quick reply for whatsapp all the tweaks i used when i was jailbroken is coming to life in ios 9.1

  • Franklin Richards

    3D touch adoption is going pretty strong. Whatsapp is usually late to the new features game. They still need to support gif files.

  • NeftyCorrea

    Worked for me to after a reboot

  • Evandro Nascimento

    shortcut icon

  • Evandro Nascimento

    Quick Reply in ios 9.1 Beta… 😀

  • bonx

    In notification center u can swipe left to quick reply:p

  • Dolce

    VSCO Cam also gaid 3D Touch support

  • Elias Chao

    3D Touch shortcuts here on iOS 9.0.2, not quick reply though.

  • Gustavo Franceschini

    Home screen shortcuts with 3D Touch are available with today’s update

  • Alberto Espinal

    I wish I can peek in a message without the other person seeing I read the message like in iMessage!

  • Abhishek

    Superb update.
    Quick reply and 3d touch.
    Thanks whatsapp