Additionally, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that WhatsApp reached 25 million messages per second during the FIFA World Cup final, which is unbelievable. In this article, we will cover 20+ features released by WhatsApp in 2022.
20+ WhatsApp Features in 2022
New layers of privacy: In addition to the default end-to-end encryption that claims to keep conversations private, WhatsApp has added new layers of protection. Users can now control who sees their last seen and whether they are online or not from the privacy settings.
Leave groups quietly: As the name suggests, users can now silently leave groups without notifying the entire group. Instead, only administrators are notified. Users can now cancel ‘Delete for me’.
Associations: The Communities feature has made it easier for schools, local clubs and offices to manage their conversations by bringing multiple groups under one umbrella. It also provides admins with powerful tools including an announcement group and the ability to create sub-groups on any topic.
Additionally, WhatsApp has also introduced new group messaging features, including the ability for in-chat polls, the option to add up to 1024 members, and admin delete, giving administrators the ability to delete messages.
Improved voice and video calling: WhatsApp has added the ability to make video calls with up to 32 people, four times the previous number. WhatsApp users can now easily invite people to a group call by sharing the call link. There’s a new in-call banner notification to let you know when someone joins a new group call.
Improved voice messages: More than 7 billion voice messages are sent on WhatsApp every day. Out-of-chat playback of voice messages allows you to multitask or read/reply to other messages. While recording a voice message, users can now swipe up to lock the recording button. You can press pause and resume as many times as needed. There’s a new draft preview option that lets you listen to voice messages before sending them. Users can now play voice messages at 1.5x or 2x speed.
Emoji reactions: WhatsApp users can now respond to messages with any emoji. The company said that these are not only fun but also reduce the overload of messages like ‘yes’ and ‘done’ in groups.
avatars: You can create your personalized avatar and use it as your profile photo or one of 36 custom stickers.
When someone adds a status, you can now see a ring around their profile. You can also react to someone’s status with an emoji reaction.
Improved utility: Speaking of utility, WhatsApp has added the ability to message yourself, so you can remind yourself of things to do in one place.
Users can now share files, photos and videos up to 2GB, a significant increase from the previous 100MB limit.
Notably, WhatsApp users can now switch chats from Android to iOS and vice versa. This includes account information, settings, profile photo and chat history. It was not available before.