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WhatsApp web adds a feature the Android app has had for 5 years

WhatsApp web adds a feature the Android app has had for 5 years

It's been nearly five years since WhatsApp implemented a series of image editing features in its mobile apps, but both the web and desktop clients had yet to receive the same treatment. When sending an image, you could only add a caption and that was it. But with the desktop clients becoming more independent thanks to multiple device support, it seems that the service's devs have decided that a bit of feature parity would be welcome. And that's how we find ourselves looking at a whole new image editing suite in WhatsApp web.

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Everything you need to know about WhatsApp's new multi-device support

Everything you need to know about WhatsApp's new multi-device support

WhatsApp has been prepping support for multiple devices for months now — even longer if you consider its semi-functional existing web and desktop implementation as an intrinsic part of the process. The feature started to go live for some users a few days ago, and appears to be spreading widely now. Most beta app users should have it now, and it is making its way to non-beta users too. It's trivial to set up and, although most functionality is retained, it's still a little disappointing.

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WhatsApp multi-device won’t support more than one phone

WhatsApp multi-device won’t support more than one phone

Compared to Telegram, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been moving at a snail's pace in shipping new features. After years of waiting, users are finally getting multi-device support — but it's not looking nearly as comprehensive as we thought it would be.

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WhatsApp adds biometrics authentication requirement to link account to PC

WhatsApp adds biometrics authentication requirement to link account to PC

Following a change in its privacy policy that caused an exodus to competing apps like Signal and Telegram, WhatsApp is adding a new layer of security to the process of linking an account to a computer. The Facebook-owned messaging service is now pushing an update that will allow users to take advantage of biometrics on their phone for authentication.

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WhatsApp begins rolling out dark mode to its desktop and web apps

WhatsApp begins rolling out dark mode to its desktop and web apps

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, and it's only been getting more feature-rich thanks to recent updates like profile sharing via QR codes and animated stickers in chats. But the company isn't neglecting the basics either, and it's now adding a dark mode for the desktop and web. The rollout has started and will continue over the next couple of weeks.

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WhatsApp Web adds picture-in-picture video playback for YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook

WhatsApp Web adds picture-in-picture video playback for YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook

A year ago, WhatsApp added picture-in-picture video playback in its iOS app. It wasn't until October that the feature made its way to Android in beta, then a few weeks ago, it rolled out to the stable version of the app. Now, it's making the switch from mobile to desktop, as PIP videos have appeared on WhatsApp Web.

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WhatsApp Business adds quick replies, filtering, and labels to desktop and web apps

WhatsApp Business adds quick replies, filtering, and labels to desktop and web apps

Last January, Facebook launched WhatsApp Business, targeting small businesses looking to communicate with customers over WhatsApp. The app lets owners set up profiles with email addresses, working hours, and location details, along with a certain degree of automation: quick replies, Gmail-style labeling of conversations, and filters. This functionality had been specific to the Android app so far, but that changes today — WhatsApp Business users can now enjoy these features on the desktop and web app too.

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WhatsApp Web shows new Status, supports Slack-like emoji insertion

WhatsApp Web shows new Status, supports Slack-like emoji insertion

We don't often cover WhatsApp Web here since it's not exactly Android, but it's related enough to the Android app that we do make an exception every now and then when there's something worth talking about. Today is one of those examples, but it's worth pointing out that some of these changes aren't new and have been there for a while — maybe even for a month or two. But again, we had to wait until there was enough news to warrant a post.

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WhatsApp Web Lets You Delete And Archive Chats, Change Your Profile Photo And Status, And Manage Your Groups

WhatsApp Web Lets You Delete And Archive Chats, Change Your Profile Photo And Status, And Manage Your Groups

WhatsApp Web has been available for about half a year, and in the time since its announcement, it only got some minor changes like skin tone emojis. However, the service has received a backend update that adds a lot of the mobile app's features, making it easy for you to manage your conversations from the web interface without having to grab your phone. We don't know when exactly these changes were implemented, but they seem quite new to us.

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First up, your profile photo and status are editable now. Simply hover over your photo and you'll get the option to change it. An edit icon appears next to the status and lets you share all of your feels with your contacts.

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[Hands-On] WhatsApp Web Goes Live For Android Users (BlackBerry And Windows Phone Too, But Not iOS)

[Hands-On] WhatsApp Web Goes Live For Android Users (BlackBerry And Windows Phone Too, But Not iOS)

Deep breaths. It's happening. WhatsApp Web just went live. Wait, where did you run off to scrolling to the bottom of the page for the link? I have important things to discuss here, like the latest Archer episode. Literally. OK, OK, I won't stall any longer.

The web service, which we first heard about last month, has been officially announced on WhatsApp's blog. As the rumors suggested, it relies on the mobile WhatsApp application as the authenticator through a QR code authorization. It works for WhatsApp users on Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry (and Symbian!), but not iOS.

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