The best part about using WhatsApp is the ease with which you are able to send messages, pictures, videos, and GIFs to your contacts, free of cost. You would have noticed that WhatsApp pictures are automatically saved to your phone, particularly on Android smartphones.

It may be handy, in some cases but if you don’t want your smartphone to store photos sent to you on WhatsApp in the Gallary as they take up space and anyone could just open your gallery and look at the pictures invading your privacy. If you really want to stop Gallery saving your WhatsApp files. How can you stop this happening on your Android smartphone? Let’s find out a simple hack we have compiled for you.

Step 1
Download a File manager, if you don’t have it installed already, then you can get one on the Google Play store. Once you’ve downloaded it, open it.

Step 2

Browse through your phone files till you get to WhatsApp>Media>WhatsApp Images

Step 3 Create a file called “.nomedia” in that folder, the full stop at the front is necessary, it won’t work without it.

Step 4
Save and exit the file manager

Step 5
You will now see that your WhatsApp files are hidden from your Gallery.

Step 6
If you wish to undo this and see your files again, just go back to the File manager app and delete the .nomedia file

Whatsapp is one of the most popular messaging application in the world. Recently the company has been introducing various new features in its latest updates. Now the company has added another feature in its latest update that lets users download deleted media files. Moreover, Whatsapp fixed a timestamp issue found in the beta version 2.18.109. It seems version 2.18.113 of the Android app supports this feature.

Previously, when users deleted specific files sent over WhatsApp by going to the specific folder on the gallery, they were not able to download it anymore. But now the Facebook-owned messaging application will enable you to download such files as well.

As per the report released by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp will again allow users to download all kinds of deleted media, such as videos, GIFs, voice messages, images, and documents, from its servers. The report added that the feature does not seem to allow to download media files that are too old, instead, asking us to send a request to the sender to send the media again.

This new feature also discloses that WhatsApp stores users’ media on its servers even after the files have been downloaded. Previously, WhatsApp stored ‘un-downloaded’ media files for 30 days and when a user downloaded them, the application used to delete it from the server. But now, it does not seem to delete the data from the server and download it again even if it was deleted accidentally.

The feature will only work if you have the message on Whatsapp where the sender sent you the specific file. If your friend sent you an image and you deleted it from your smartphone’s gallery, you can open Whatsapp in order to be able to download it again.

This news comes after Mark Zuckerberg’s confrontation in front of Congress regarding the Facebook scandal over Cambridge Analytica. Mark Zuckerberg mentioned that WhatsApp’s data and communications are secured with end-to-end encryption and nobody in between can read messages and listen to calls, not even WhatsApp itself.

If you have installed a “WhatsApp Plus” app with shiny gold logos that you thought is a significant upgrade to your regular WhatsApp then it is highly recommended to delete it right away. A fake malicious WhatsApp Plus app has been circulated on the web these days that can affect your smartphone, reports Tech Radar.

According to the reports, the popular WhatsApp Plus is not offering any additional functionality or features within the domain of instant messaging users. No, instead, alongside inserting malware on your phone, it will also take personal information from our mobile device and also leave its brand logo, in the form of malware.

This malicious app is a variant of Android/PUP.Riskware.Wtaspin.GB, a fake WhatsApp riskware that was first revealed back in mid-2017. The app comes with a number of unheard features such as hiding typing a message received texts and reading texts.

 

The app also lets you hide the notification if you have played a voice clip. You can even send over 100 photos at once to your friends, a secret password for privacy, and more.

How to identify the app

WhatsApp Plus has a gold logo in the middle instead of the typical green logo we’re familiar. Also, there’s a mention of a URL written in the middle of the logo. Once you click on the ‘Agree and Continue’ option it prompts you to download the latest version of the app through the Google Play store. Once you do that, the fake version of WhatsApp diverts you to an unsafe website where the text is written in Arabic. So essentially, the website lets you download an app with a weird sounding name – ‘Watts Plus Plus WhatsApp’.

How to uninstall WhatsApp Plus from your phone

Alternatively, if you have already mistakenly or happily downloaded this so-called Plus version of WhatsApp, here’s how you can remove it.

  1. Go to the phone’s Settings app
  2. Scroll down a bit and tap ‘Apps & Notifications’
  3. Tap the app you want to delete
  4. Tap Uninstall
  5. Tap Ok to confirm

Afterward, make sure that you are installing the correct version of WhatsApp on your phone from Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

WhatsApp just introduced 5 new features in its latest update. The app developers are busy working on some brand new features as WhatsApp is the most popular chat app in the world, the Facebook-owned chat app has been introducing many features since the app launched back in 2009. So without further ado, let’s get to the list of new features of WhatsApp.

1. WhatsApp lets you ditch your old number easily

WhatsApp feature is already rolling out for the latest Android beta version (2.18.97) of the app. It allows users to migrate their account information, groups, and settings to a brand new number without deleting the account. This feature will be quite useful to WhatsApp users who want to ditch their old number. The best thing about this feature is that it will be able to notify all their contacts about having switched from an old number to a new one.

Users can now even narrow this down to contacts they’ve had chats with or any specific contacts. To use this feature of change number, you can go to the WhatsApp Settings and then Account and then select Change Number. It can be shown in the image below.

2. WhatsApp lets to transfer money via QR codes

The feature is currently in the beta version, but it should be coming to the regular version on iOS and Android soon. The feature is for QR codes, it enables monetary transactions. You can send money with QR codes, you will have to enable WhatsApp payments. To use the feature, WhatsApp users have to go to Settings > Payments > New Payment and then QR code. This will open your camera, that will look for a compatible QR code. Once that QR code is recognized. Users can enter the desired amount to initiate the payment. For now, the feature is available in some countries and we hope it will be soon be available in Ghana when the beta testing of the feature is completed.

3. WhatsApp introduced stickers that could be added to your photos and videos.

The new stickers in WhatsApp allow users to tag the current time, a location, on any photos and videos sent to an individual user, or group chat. The feature also lets users search for the sticker they want in the doodle view. The new stickers will appear at the top of the WhatsApp stickers menu. The can be opened by selecting the plus icon next to the text bar on the chat menu, then you can choose from ‘photo & video library’ and finally selecting the emoji icon you desire to be added on your photos or videos. If you want to search in the Whatsapp stickers search bar, users can type in the desired keyword and it will show all relevant stickers.

4. WhatsApp enhances the voice messaging feature for iPhone users

WhatsApp has an interesting update, which lets you receive voice messages from a bunch of friends and listen to them while using other applications. The new feature makes using your phone very easy, it allows users to listen to voice messages even if we lock our phones or switch to another app, so we won’t have to stick to the WhatsApp interface in order to listen to received voice messages.

5. WhatsApp adds status updates in Today View for iPhone users

Whatsapp latest feature for iOS lets you show status updates from the platform directly on the Today View interface located in the iOS notification center. Basically, it allows users to see the new status updates of their friends without opening the WhatsApp application, this simplifies app interaction as you can enable the widget in your iPhone notification center.

Whatsapp has rolled out exciting new features in the recent updates for Android, iOS and Windows phones. These new features were first tested in the beta versions and then made official.

The first new feature allows a group admin or any other member to set a 500 character brief description of the group. The group description could be added or even changed by any member of the group. This is quite useful for people who use WhatsApp groups for business purposes.

The second feature is a small yet important update that adds ‘search participants’ feature, which will allow users to search for any group member easily by just typing his/her name from the group info screen. This feature will help users a lot, imagine you are in a WhatsApp group with 100 members and you want to find whether or not your friend is in the group, you simply search the name and easily find out.

The third feature is that you can switch between voice and video calls. Yes, finally you don’t have to go through the hassle of disconnecting and calling again. Now users can easily switch between voice and video calls by simply tapping the video button while on a call.

These are the new features are rolling out with the latest update of WhatsApp.

Whatsapp has consistently been updating its services and introducing new features that wow its users and when you have a user base of nearly more than a billion people and growing, you have to keep on rolling and keep things up to date for such a massive number of users. Moreover, the messaging giant introduced some new features in the latest update.

Moreover, the messaging giant added some new features in the latest update. Which, however, was already made available to the beta testers and now rolling out for general consumers. And this includes the newly launch MyStatus updates feature.

My Status updates

Whatsapp already allows you to update status with images, videos, GIFs and now a new addition to this is the ability to add texts by using a font of your choice. Along with whichever background color you prefer. You will be able to access this by tapping a pencil icon which will be present when you enter the status updates panel.

Share files up to 100MB now

It looks the messaging-giant has got its data-storage centers expanded, and is now looking forward to allowing you send files up to 100MB in size. So, sharing long videos and other large document files are now possible with this latest file size threshold.

Storage Management

This feature was a recent addition and gives you full granular control over your storage space, by providing a tally of who’s using what, such as how much space is used by images, videos, and other media items.

Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on WhatsApp, Viber and Skype Calling. Saudi Arabia announced that they are lifting the ban Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) voice and video calling services. From next week, people in Saudi Arabia will be able to make voice and video calls on these apps.

Abdullah Al Sawaha, Minister for communications and information technology and the chairman of the Kingdom’s telecom regulator, said

the decision is taken to enable customers, including citizens and expatriates, to benefit from applications that provide voice and video call apps.

He added:

“This fruitful cooperation between the Kingdom’s telecom partners comes under the umbrella of ‘Customer First’, a policy in which everyone works in order to give all telecom subscribers in the Kingdom the best services that meet their expectations and satisfy their needs,” .

The Kingdom because of “regulations” has banned the app’s video and voice chat functions, along with similar service imo. Now Saudi Government has lift the ban on these apps.

A few months earlier, the Government of UAE lift ban on WhatsApp calling. But after few hours, UAE Blocks WhatsApp Voice and Video Calling Feature Again. Now users are once again restricted to send text messages, photos and videos.

The most popular messaging app is looking for ways to make money by introducing BUSINESS ACCOUNTS and PAYMENT OPTIONS .WhatsApp messenger has 1.3 billion active users. The messaging platform has been doing well in terms of increasing its user base, all thanks to an array of copied features from other platforms, however, they have not been making any money since they scrapped the $1/year charge so the company has to device new ways to make money as no company can sustain a free campaign forever.

According to WABetaInfo, a blog that tracks WhatsApp Beta app updates, WhatsApp is working on business accounts and in-app payments. Also, the company is said to be working on a new application meant for small and medium businesses.

Business Accounts

The business accounts will allow users to communicate directly with businesses from within the app. However, WhatsApp will not be showing ads and will users will only receive messages from businesses that they have subscribed to – users will also have the option to mute business accounts.

The new app that WhatsApp is working on, as mentioned above, will be used by businesses in order to benefit from all the business account features.

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There will be verified and unverified business accounts. Verified businesses will have a verification badge next to its name (like we see on all other social media platforms, but all business accounts, whether verified or not, will have access to the same set of features such as detailed statistics on how many messages they have sent, which ones have been read and which ones are yet to be delivered.

The business profile will include a website, physical location, working hours and email address. WABetaInfo also reports that if the business has an Instagram account, that will be shown in the profile info as well.

Payments

A hidden section in the latest beta app indicates that WhatsApp payments will use a UPI payments system that allows users with bank accounts to send money directly to each other using a Virtual Payment Address (VPA) without entering additional bank information.

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The only downside with this one is that to enjoy this service, you will need a bank account and your bank must support the UPI payment system.There is also no information on whether WhatsApp will allow peer-to-peer payments.

The business accounts and payments are yet to be made public but reports indicate that they will be officially launched in about four months from now.

WhatsApp is an incredibly popular instant messaging app and it has now over 1.3 billion users worldwide. Facebook saw its potential and bought the platform for $19 billion in 2014, which is still the company’s biggest acquisition to date.

WhatsApp was developed at a time when people used to communicate heavily via phone calls and sending SMS. We are now in an age where these can be done on WhatsApp and other messaging services. However, WhatsApp has been struggling to keep up with other messaging services that have been piling in features that make it now look like a dinosaur. I believe that if WhatsApp adds the following features, they will compete favourably in this intense industry while also attract users who are loyal to other messaging services.

Cloud

WhatsApp is already past due when it comes to being entirely cloud based. When WhatsApp was launched 8 years ago, it was at a time when a small segment of the population had smartphones and cloud storage was not as extensive as it is right now. In 2017, smartphones and cloud storage are the norm and you can rent cloud storage from the likes of Google, Microsoft or Amazon easily from the web.

The messaging app is still entirely based on your phone: Your chats and media are stored in your phone. You can backup your contacts and media to Google Drive, but I’d like WhatsApp to adopt what Telegram Messenger is doing.

If WhatsApp adopts Telegram Messenger’s system of being entirely based on the cloud, it will bring such benefits like:

  • Not losing your chat files when you lose your phone or format since everything is based on the cloud.
  • An independent desktop app which does not need to be connected entirely to your phone.
  • Disappearing media like what we have on Telegram Messenger and Snapchat.

Groups

There are two main gripes with WhatsApp groups: Member addition and contact information being shared.

WhatsApp Groups are incredibly popular and there are over a billion groups on the messaging platform. However, you find that sometimes you are added to a random group that you’re not interested in. In addition, if you are added in a WhatsApp group with strangers, you tend to see the phone numbers of the other people, which means they probably see yours.

WhatsApp has to fix this mess in the groups by giving a notification where you can either opt in or opt out from being added to a group and hiding your contact information by adding an avatar instead (like how Telegram does it).

Channels

WhatsApp only allows you to have a group with a maximum of 256 members. In some cases, this is not enough when you want to talk to a larger audience and it would require WhatsApp to give their users channels so that people can share content with a larger audience. Telegram does this quite effectively and some dedicated Kenyan Channels have thousands of members and would be bigger if WhatsApp allowed people to create such communities.

In-App browser

We tend to share links to our friends and acquaintances via messaging apps and unlike other apps, WhatsApp does not have an in-app browser. In-app browsers prevent the need to fire up a dedicated browser app when you click a link and it can be a great addition to WhatsApp.

Secret Chat

WhatsApp says that their app is pretty secure but in some cases, you would want an entire secure chatting system. The company can borrow what Telegram does with Secret Chats.

In Telegram, messages in secret chats cannot be forwarded to other people and they have self-destruct timers that you set which delete the messages and media shared between the parties. If you take a screenshot, you will be notified and the entire chat is encrypted end-to-end.

WhatsApp should have that option to allow people that would want to communicate in a scenario where they don’t want to leave a trace of the conversation.

Whatsapp is introducing an exciting feature to their video calls, the new feature allows you to minimize your video call whilst chatting with other contacts.Here is a tweet from the leak source:

photocredit : WABetaInfo

WhatsApp is yet to officially confirm the new feature but  i have high hopes it will become a reality.

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Today, we have several messaging chat apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Telegram, Hike, WeChat, Line, and Google Hangouts. Recently, Google launched its messaging chat app, Allo for Android and iOS platforms that makes it one more to the list of already existing messenger apps. It is being pitted against the already established giants like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Snapchat.

So, how is Google’s Allo different from other messenger apps? The thing that differentiates Allo from other messenger apps is the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to help user conversations. Allo’s biggest asset is its integration with Google Assistant, the company’s conversational new virtual aid that can answer questions and make suggestions.

With the introduction of Allo, how would it fare against the messaging veterans like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger? Is it really better than WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger?

Let us check out the differences between all the apps:

Google Allo: With the backing of AI, Allo’s chatbot, Google Assistant offers its users brilliant web search facility and smart intuitive replies. Allo supports a feature called Smart Reply that pops up canned responses to incoming messages so users don’t have to spend time typing their replies to every message they receive. You can pull the Google Assistant in the middle of a chat, ask it to look up restaurants close by, or movie timings for later in the evening, or just play a game with the Assistant.

Google Allo also packs a lot of emojis and stickers that they can use to express themselves or add to conversations. The app gives users the ability to comment and scribble on photos and videos (Android only) before sending them along and has 25 sticker packs that were developed in collaborations with artists from around the world. Along with Gboard on iOS, a user can also send GIFs on Allo.

There’s also an Incognito chat mode for end-to-end encryption and the chats disappear after sometime. However, a user can make changes to the expiration time for each message in this Incognito mode. Groups chats are also supported on the app and a user can send an SMS for free to those who don’t have the Allo app. These replies from an SMS also come inside Allo.

Drawback: Google has decided not to encrypt any of the conversations that people carry on with Allo, making them easier to intercept and read. Google is apparently storing chats on its servers and not encrypting conversations because that makes it easier for Allo to learn from previous conversations, which in turn raises privacy concerns. Also, Google Allo doesn’t support file-sharing like WhatsApp or Telegram yet.

WhatsApp: WhatsApp Messenger’s biggest advantage is that it’s end-to-end encrypted by default, which means that your messages cannot be read by a third-party by WhatsApp or even Facebook. Once the message is deleted, it is gone forever. WhatsApp also supports voice-calling on the app itself. You can upload files from third-party apps like Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive into your WhatsApp messages, as it supported by them.

According to the latest Android Beta files, WhatsApp has plans to bring stickers, scribbling on photos, etc. very soon. WhatsApp is integrated with Siri in iOS, and the voice-assistant can send messages or make voice-calls directly on the app. WhatsApp is also planning to launch services on the app and you will soon have your bank or airline messaging you on it.

Drawback: In a big policy change recently announced by WhatsApp, it will start sharing information with Facebook, which is its parent company. A user has an option to opt out of this feature. Although no information will be ‘posted on’ Facebook, other information like device used, phone number, etc. will be shared with the social media giant in order to improve ads on the website.

Facebook Messenger: With over 1 billion monthly users, Facebook Messenger app already supports voice and video-calling feature. A user can also sync their mobile number with the app, and give it access to their SMS app as well. The app will automatically show all your Facebook friends in the contact lists. However, any requests from people who are not on your friends list end up in a separate ‘Message Requests’ folder on the app. A user has the option of accepting or declining these requests.

The app also supports GIFs, stickers as well and you can even scribble on photos before sending to them to someone. Facebook is also betting on chatbots for Messenger and looking to incorporate more services inside the app.

Drawback: End-to-end encryption is not included in Facebook Messenger by default. However, it has a separate Secret Conversation mode which does so and the messages will get deleted after sometime. This has yet to roll out. Similar to Google Allo, regular conversations in the app are not end-to-end encrypted. Also, the chatbots have so far not been a great success.

Snapchat: The app that has gained reputation as a “sexting” app allows teens to exchange user-generated photos, texts, videos, and calls — both audio and video. On the messaging side, Snapchat allows you to send stickers, pictures, photos, make video calls to your friends on the app. Snapchat has everyone’s interest from drawing on photos to face filters to Stories and Messages that disappear after 24 hours.

Snapchat allows users to share stories with a bunch of followers, and videos (up to 10 seconds) immediately. You can edit videos as you shoot them to add annotations, emojis, text, even a face filter as you’re recording it live. A user can also follow other important Snapchatters and see their stories as they post them. The recently added Discover feature keeps avid users up to date on current news and pop culture events.

Drawback: Not everyone can figure out the Snapchat app due to its complicated design, and it takes a while finding all the new features. Also, Snapchat is not end-to-end encrypted and messages are stored on the company’s servers for 30 days before they are deleted.

Source: TOI

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WhatsApp has quietly added the ability for users in group chats to tag other participants, so they receive a notification even if they’ve muted the conversation. The feature works on Android and iOS, but not on the desktop app.

You’re probably not going to like this, if you’re in a number of groups that you didn’t ask to be invited to. But if you’re lucky enough to be a part of productive and positive group chats, this will certainly come in handy to keep conversations on track.

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To tag someone, simply enter the ‘@’ symbol, followed by their name; you can choose a contact from the menu that pops up. You can tag multiple contacts in a single message. It also works with contacts that you haven’t saved to your address book, but are part of the same group chat as you.

WhatsApp previously added a feature that allowed you to quote messages in group chats to make it clear what you’re responding to. It also expanded group sizes from 100 to 256 participants.

With this new tagging feature, the Facebook-owned messaging service is making it even easier to keep the conversation alive with multiple contacts. What it can’t do, unfortunately, is make people less annoying in group chats