WhatsApp was already immensely popular, but managed to become even more successful in 2020. Something that is partly due to a number of new functions that appeared in the past year. But what can we expect in 2021?
To answer your question, we have listed five functionalities for you. According to rumors, these functions should have already seen the light of day in 2020 or are now at such a far stage that launch is not long in coming.
WhatsApp in 2021: this is expected
There are a number of features that will be developed in such a way in 2020 that they should almost appear in 2021. In addition, there are features that, as mentioned, many might have expected last year. This is mainly because they showed up in beta versions of WhatsApp. For some reason they have not appeared, but will undoubtedly see the light of day in 2021.
In addition, there are also new features that are currently being worked hard on that have not yet appeared in beta versions. There is a good chance that these will be there in 2021, but it can always be different.
The following WhatsApp functionalities are (probably) expected:
• 1 Attend missed group calls
If you currently miss a call from a group, both video and audio, you are in principle out of luck. If the group is on the phone and you miss the call, someone from the group has to rejoin you. In 2021, WhatsApp can change that with a simple new function. If you miss a call, but the conversation is ongoing, you can simply add yourself to the conversation. Not a world of difference, but very handy.
• 2 WhatsApp messages “Read later”
WhatsApp, if all goes well, comes with the Read Later feature. Whether the functionality will also get this name is still unknown, but it is currently popping up in English as the Read Later function. It’s not an entirely new feature, but an improvement on the current Archive feature. It works the same, but simply comes with some tweaks. Think of a Holiday mode and more options to set everything to your own liking.
• 3 Use multiple devices at the same time
We have actually been eagerly awaiting it for years, but it seems to really happen in 2021. It will probably soon be possible to use WhatsApp on multiple devices at the same time. Where you are currently tied to your smartphone and your computer, the application will soon be able to be used on more than two devices at the same time. So not only on your iPhone and your Macbook, but also on your iPad, for example. How convenient is that?
• Freeze 4 videos
Don’t ask why, but WhatsApp currently doesn’t offer a way to pause videos when you send them. It doesn’t matter if you do this to a contact or if you upload a status update. When you send a video, it is not possible to turn off the sound. It should be clear that this does not work and it seems that WhatsApp has also realized this. The company is in the process of incorporating the option into one of the new versions of the app. For example, a screenshot recently surfaced showing that a speaker icon is being used. Press to mute the sound and press it again to mute the sound. It couldn’t be simpler.
• 5 Calling via WhatsApp Web
Calling via WhatsApp is a godsend for many people. This became clear from the figures from Facebook, which showed that 1.4 billion people called with WhatsApp during the turn of the year. However, it remains only possible to make calls via WhatsApp for iOS or Android. People who mainly use the service on the desktop app or on the web pee next to the familiar jar. That is why it is undoubtedly relaxed to know that they are busy at WhatsApp to release the functionality. The feature has surfaced several times in different versions of the platform and will soon be ready for real use.
WhatsApp in 2020
There is a lot on the schedule for WhatsApp in 2021, but 2020 was also a good year for the platform. Curious about what the past year had to offer and how you can get the most out of the application? Be sure to check this out.
Also read: Five things that often go wrong on WhatsApp (and how to do it)
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