A few weeks ago, WhatsApp rolled out auto-vanishing slideshows with photos, videos, emoji characters, drawings and more. Called Status, it supplanted WhatsApp’s text-only feature that’s been part of the app since its inception. Turns out many users are hating the change, turning to social media to express their disdain with WhatsApp’s relentless cloning of Snapchat. WhatsApp developers responded by promising to bring back text-only statuses.
Today, WhatsApp for iPhone was updated with the addition of text-only statuses, called About, whilst gaining a few new features.
WhatsApp’s longstanding text-based status feature was recently supplanted by Snapchat-esque slideshows containing auto-vanishing images, photos, emoji, drawings and other multimedia items. Our tutorial explains how to use this new feature, but it seems many users are unhappy with the overhauled status. If you count yourself in this group, you’ll be delighted to learn that Facebook is working on bringing back the original status feature, called About.
WhatsApp for iPhone supports sharing of photos, videos, animated GIFs and more via Snapchat Stories-like slideshows that automatically disappear after 24 hours. Media-rich statuses are all the rage these days so we’ve decided to put together a tutorial to get you up to speed.
You can adjust who is allowed to see your auto-vanishing statuses, reply to a status update, delete a status manually, mute statuses you don’t like and more.
In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll tell you everything there’s to know about WhatsApp’s multimedia status updates.
Like many online services out there, WhatsApp provides two-step verification as an additional layer of security for your account.
An optional measure designed to help strengthen the security of your account, two-step verification requires that you verify your mobile phone number after installing WhatsApp’s mobile app on a new device with a six-digit code that you created using this feature.
Here’s how to enable two-step verification for your WhatsApp account.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp was refreshed on App Store this morning with a few new features. Bumped to version 2.17.1, the iPhone application now lets you queue up messages while offline to be delivered when the device regains an Internet connection.
WhatsApp’s storage management screen has been redesigned and now allows you to selectively delete specific media file types on a per-chat basis.
In 2016, WhatsApp finally enabled complete end-to-end encryption for both chats and video calls to ensure that no one but the intended recipient can decipher contents of their communications. Unfortunately, it’s come to light that WhatsApp’s system has been plagued by a major vulnerability which was discovered by Tobias Boelter, a cryptography and security researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.
In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, Boelter said the backdoor could let Facebook read end-to-end encrypted content, meaning the social network could be complied with court orders to make decrypted messages available to law enforcement and other government agencies
UPDATE: We’ve received a response from WhatsApp regarding the alleged backdoor.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced yesterday that it had begun rolling out video calling to the more than one billion users it claims across iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms around the world.
According to TechCrunch, video calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted just like with FaceTime in order to prevent rogue parties from eavesdropping on your communications.
WhatsApp previously rolled out end-to-end encryption for chats. “We obviously try to be in tune with what our users want,” WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum told Reuters. “We’re obsessed with making sure that voice and video work well even on low-end phones.”