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WhatsApp may soon let users disable link previews

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WhatsApp takes proper care of the privacy of its users and to provide consumers an additional layer of security, the Meta-based app may soon let users disable link previews. Yes, WhatsApp is now working on additional advanced features, aimed at offering users greater control over their privacy.

The latest version of WhatsApp shows a new option in the Advanced settings citing “Disable link previews” and this will allow users to take greater caution when interacting with links they share with their contacts and groups, without the risk of revealing information contained in link preview.

Currently, when a user enters a link into the chat bar, WhatsApp automatically generates a preview of that link. This preview includes the title of the webpage, a brief description, and a thumbnail image resulting in exposing typical information before the recipient even clicks on the link.

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But now with this new option, users will be able to manage whether the app automatically generates link previews, enhancing their privacy and security experience. It means users can keep this link preview enabled or disabled based on their individual preferences and concerns.

However, the new privacy feature which lets users disable link previews is currently under development and it will be available in the future for users with the future update of WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp prompts banner to encourage inviting new users

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WhatsApp is enhancing user engagement with a new feature that prompts users to invite their contacts to join the messaging platform. This feature appears as a banner at the top of the chat list and is part of a targeted campaign to increase the app’s user base.

It is currently available to a select group of users who have installed the latest WhatsApp updates on iOS and Android devices. The banner aims to remind users to encourage their friends and family to use WhatsApp.

This approach is especially useful in countries where WhatsApp users are less, as it serves as a visible and convenient prompt for users to invite more people to the platform. By highlighting the advantages of new features and a unified chat experience, WhatsApp is looking to attract more users and maintain its position as a leading messaging service.

The feature is expected to be rolled out more widely in the coming weeks. This new move indicates that WhatsApp wants to keep users informed and connected, using the visibility of in-app notifications.

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WhatsApp drawing tool goes handy with 24 default palette colors

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WhatsApp is rolling out a new beta update for Android devices, which brings a redesigned drawing tool. Users can identify the latest beta update through version 2.24.9.6, available on Google Play Store

The fresh beta update shows a new design that relocates the brush and color selection tools to the bottom of the screen. This change is particularly beneficial for larger screens, where reaching the top of the screen can be inconvenient.

Additionally, WhatsApp plans to expand color choices with a palette of 24 default colors, making it easier for users to choose and apply colors quickly. By placing the drawing tool in an easy-to-access place, WhatsApp will allow users to focus less on navigating the interface and more on their creativity.

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As the update is still in development, more details will be provided once available. Aside from this, WhatsApp is also preparing to release Contacts Suggestion features, revamped Status Updates tray, locked chats for linked devices, and more.

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WhatsApp introduces Contacts Suggestion feature to start chatting with new contacts

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WhatsApp is improving its messaging service by bringing a new feature “Contacts Suggestion” in the latest beta version 2.24.9.5, which suggests new contacts for users to message. This feature enhances engagement by recommending new people for users to connect with, directly from their address book.

The latest beta update of WhatsApp adds a section “Start Chatting” at the bottom of the chats list where users can find suggestions for new conversations. This is mainly useful for those who have not yet interacted with specific contacts, as it encourages the start of new conversations.

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Initially spotted in a previous beta 2.24.7.23, the Contacts Suggestion feature of WhatsApp is now accessible to beta testers. This feature aims to enhance the user experience by recommending contacts from the user’s address book that they have never messaged before.

This feature is especially beneficial for new users, who will see these suggestions when they first register with WhatsApp, simplifying the establishment of new connections from the outset. This feature will be available to more users in the coming weeks.

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