WhatsApp for iPhone gains enhanced in-app alerts

By , Mar 18, 2016

WhatsApp 2.12.14 3D Touch shortcut menu Home screen iPhone 6s screenshot

WhatsApp for iPhone was updated in the App Store earlier this morning, bringing out a few noteworthy improvements to in-app notifications.

In addition, you can now choose to save incoming media for specific chats in contact or group info while the ability to share PDF documents from other apps into WhatsApp has expanded to everyone.

WhatsApp no longer charges an annual subscription fee. The Facebook-owned firm’s been hard at work testing a feature for exporting chats in a ZIP archive and is also prepping to finally roll out video calling in WhatsApp.

To access per-contact and per-chat controls for adjusting whether incoming media is saved, tap the contact name at the top of the chat window, tap the Save Incoming Media button on their card and select an option: Default (Off), Always or Never.

WhatsApp per chat media saving iPhone screenshot 001

As I said, alerts for missed calls will now appear inside of chats. Before today, missed call notifications wouldn’t pop up while you were chatting with someone.

Moreover, Quick Reply is now available within the app: pull down on an in-app alert to quickly reply right from the notification banner. Previously, Quick Reply was available for WhatsApp’s notifications outside the app but not for in-app alerts.

WhatsApp 2.12.16 highlights

Here’s everything new in WhatsApp 2.12.16:

  • You can now choose to save incoming media for specific chats in contact info or group info
  • Pull down on in-app notifications to quickly reply to them
  • Missed call notifications will now appear inside of chats
  • Share PDFs from other apps into WhatsApp


WhatsApp requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 6.0 or later. The app lacks a native interface on iPads and doesn’t have a watchOS app for the Apple Watch.

It’s 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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  • Abhijeet Gupta

    Im still not able to understand as to why whats app is not using 3d touch shortcuts for accessing the last 3 chats. nobody wants to straight away go to stared messages or to take photo video, This is a very poor implementation of the 3D Touch feature. *sighs*

    • siddique

      Good point

    • Dexter

      Do what I do, email the developers.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Ill do it.

  • diggitydang

    Make it available on an iPad… I believe Facebook Messenger works that way so why can’t they do the same with Whatsapp??? I’m not sure why they lock it to only phones. Thank goodness for jailbreaking!! Takes me awhile to do this for my mom, who only uses Whatsapp on her iPad and every few months, she brings it to me and says Whatsapp is out of date and can’t simply update.

    • commentator

      just use telegram. simple.

      • diggitydang

        Downloading Telegram is simple, yes… Converting all of my mom’s contacts to download and use it too – not so simple. Come on man… That’s like saying “Just use WeChat” or some other messaging app. Telegram might have some cool features but people are on other chat apps more popular than Telegram… Not sure if you’re just messing with me, or if you are the developer or something. Either way, it’s far from “simple”.

  • Diance

    Still no gif support..

    • commentator

      use telegram & you’ll have it