WhatsApp started a wider roll out of disappearing messages feature just this week. Now, it seems the Facebook-owned social messaging platform is already working on a number of new features. The new features will be available to WhatsApp users soon after the service added support for advanced wallpaper features and disappearing messages.
The messaging platform, according to the new beta release, is working on a feature that will allow users to mute video before sending it to a contact. With this new feature, you will also be able to mute videos before setting it as your status update. This is similar to posting videos on Instagram Stories where you can mute the audio.
WhatsApp mute video feature coming soon
This new feature has been spotted on WhatsApp beta for Android version 188.8.131.52 submitted to Google Play Store. According to WABetaInfo, the feature is still under development and not available to those running the beta build on their Android smartphone. However, the report shows a preview of the feature and details how it will work.
With the future release, whenever you send a video to a contact or try to set as your status, there will be an audio sign at the bottom left corner. It seems you will be able to tap on it to mute videos before sharing them. It might look like a simple addition but one that could add value to users who share videos with their friends and family on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp has released another beta build via Google Play Store with version number 184.108.40.206. This version changes the FAQ in Help setting to Help Center. This change has also been added to the iOS version of the application.
Apart from the option to mute videos before sending, WhatsApp is also working on a new feature called Read Later. The feature was spotted with WhatsApp beta for iOS version 220.127.116.11 released via TestFlight Beta program. This will work as a replacement for the Archived Chats feature which also includes the Vacation mode previously seen on beta version for Android.
The difference is that when a chat is in your “Read Later” list, you won’t receive a notification for it. The Read Later cell will also be always visible in your chats list. When a user opens Read Later, they are shown a message explaining the changes. It explains why archived chats will always stay in archive, even if they are muted.
Another change is that WhatsApp is adding an edit button in the Read Later section. When you tap on the edit button, WhatsApp shows two options: Select Chats and Edit Archive Settings. This feature is also under development and will become available to users with a future update.