WhatsApp now lets you share media from other apps like Dropbox and Google Drive

By , Feb 29, 2016

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The popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp today received a pretty cool update in the App Store which adds the ability to share photos or videos from other apps installed on your iPhone via a new option exposed after tapping the Photo/Video Library button.

In addition, WhatsApp has gained a pair of new shortcuts in the 3D Touch menu on the Home screen and now supports solid colors as chat backgrounds.

Oh, and you can now zoom in on videos while they’re playing.

New options in 3D Touch shortcut menu

In addition to the previous Search and New Chat Quick Actions, WhatsApp now supports a pair of additional items in its 3D Touch shortcut menu on the Home screen: Take Photo or Video, which does just that, and Starred Messages, which takes you to the list of individual messages you have starred to make them easier to search.

WhatsApp also supports 3D Touch Peek and Pop 3D gestures within the app.

New ways to share media

Tap the leftmost button in the chat text entry field and select the Photo/Video Library option. Up pops the familiar interface for browsing photos and videos on your device, with one subtle change at the bottom in the form of a new Choose from another app button.

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Tap it and up pops iOS’s standard interface for selecting document provider extensions installed on your device. When you install an iOS app that supports document provider extensions, its file selection interface becomes available in any app that exposes Apple’s iCloud Drive to the user.

If you have installed the Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive apps on your device, for example, you will be able to select these service in WhatsApp’s menu and choose a media file stored there.

For instance, you could pick a photo in your Dropbox and Dropbox’s document provider extension will download the file in the background and send it to WhatsApp for you to send to a contact.

How cool is that?

Solid colors for your chats

In addition to a bunch of built-in wallpapers, WhatsApp at long last lets you select a solid color as your chat background. Tap on the Settings tab at the bottom, then go to the new Chats → Chat Wallpaper → Solid Colors section to select your chat background.

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WhatsApp 2.12.14 highlights

The release notes mention the following changes in WhatsApp 2.12.14:

  • Improved design for browsing photos and videos
  • You can now share photos or videos from other apps installed on your phone, like Google Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive. When you open “Photo/Video Library”, just tap “Choose from another app…”.
  • Pick from a variety of solid colors for your chat background
  • Zoom in on videos while they’re playing

WhatsApp recently stopped charging an annual subscription fee.

Availability

WhatsApp requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 6.0 or later. The app lacks a native interface on iPads and a native Apple Watch app.

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

Grab WhatsApp at no charge in the App Store.

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  • Damian

    Still no iPad or desktop support. Welcome to 2008

  • SnakeHaveYou

    Now in the Chats screen, you can see if the message has been received and read..

  • Adam

    WhatsApp also now uses nicknames instead of contact names if you have that option turned on in iOS Settings.

    • fleif

      do you know how to disable it?

    • SnakeHaveYou

      I think it’s related to the nicknames you set per contact in the contacts app

  • Pipo

    Anybody else has the issue of whatsapp crashing right at the start after updating? Reboot didnt help..

    • Loops

      Is your phone jailbroken? Do you have Whatsapp++? Unistall Whatsapp++.

      • Ali

        WAQuickReply Enabler caused a crash. The Dev pushed an update though.

    • Ali

      WAQuickReply Enabler was causing the crash for me. The Dev pushed an update which fixed it.

    • Tuira

      It’s crashing on me, too. I don’t have Whatsapp++ or any additional app for Whatsapp. I use an iphone.

    • hovig

      I have the same issue also the voice msg not sending full its cuting the sound also the call is crashing

  • Linton Findlay

    Hopefully sending and receiving files other than photos and video will come soon. iPad and PC version would be nice too!

  • Sanjay Balram

    After I have updated to this version dor iOS the app is crashing every few seconds and virtually not able to ise the app. I have to type my post in some other app and copy paste quickly before it crashes again. Also whenit crashes the message Inhad juat poated doen’t appear in the tume line thoufh the other pwraon has recived it. It is quite frustrating. I am using an iPhone 6 plus

  • hovig

    Ios has a bug also when i send from quick reply its giving me a black keyboard that doesnt go away and cant type anything till i go to another app like notes and than is appears again any one same issue ? (Not jailbroken phone)