Best new WhatsApp features in 2021

WhatsApp has been rolling out numerous features to its platform. While some of these features were hit or miss, some were pretty significant.

Here are the best WhatsApp features rolled out in 2021.

WhatsApp Desktop calls

WhatsApp finally introduced voice and video calls for its desktop app. Currently, it’s only available for one-on-one calls, and group calls will be added in the future.


WhatsApp rolled out the much-anticipated multi-device support this year. Users can now access WhatsApp on a personal computer without requiring the primary device.

Mute video files

Users can now mute a video before sharing it with a contact. This is a good addition for those who want to share a video without any embarrassing audio in it.

WhatsApp Desktop and Web biometrics

WhatsApp introduced an additional layer of security to WhatsApp Desktop and Web. It now requires face or fingerprint unlock when linking devices.

WhatsApp View Once

WhatsApp also added an additional dimension to its disappearing messages with View Once. Photos and videos sent using this feature disappear once viewed by the recipient.

Voice message preview

WhatsApp rolled out the voice message preview to its platform recently. Users can now play, pause, and listen to their voice messages before sending.

iOS to Android chat transfer

WhatsApp finally made it easier to transfer chats from iOS to Android. All that users need is an Android 12 device and a USB Type-C to lightning cable.

Advanced privacy settings

WhatsApp has improved the privacy settings for its users. Now, unknown numbers will not be able to see a user’s last seen or online status.