A few weeks ago, WhatsApp started testing a couple of new features in a recent beta release. These included a new option to mute videos before sharing, a Read Later feature to keep archived chats separate from the main conversation screen, and several advanced wallpaper customization options. With its latest update on the stable channel, WhatsApp has now started rolling out the advanced wallpaper customization options to some users.
As per a recent report from The Verge, the new wallpaper customization options include the ability to set different custom wallpapers for each chat, color variants of the original doodle wallpaper, several new nature and architecture wallpapers, and an option to set different wallpapers for light and dark mode.
Talking about the new wallpaper customization features, WhatsApp said:
“Make your chats personal and distinguishable by using a custom wallpaper for your most important chats and favorite people, and you never need worry about sending the wrong message in the wrong chat ever again.”
Along with the new wallpaper customization options, the latest WhatsApp update includes improvements for sticker search. Thanks to this, users will now be able to search for stickers with text or emoji and even browse through common stickers categories. To ensure that the sticker search feature works as intended, the Facebook-owned messenger has urged sticker creators to tag their stickers with emoji and text moving forward.
Finally, the World Health Organization’s “Together at Home” sticker pack is now available as animated stickers in the latest update. The sticker pack is available with text localized for 9 languages, including Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
According to Facebook, the latest WhatsApp update with all the aforementioned features is expected to reach both Android and iOS users this week. However, the update wasn’t available on any of our devices at the time of writing.
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