WhatsApp has been seen developing new apps for Windows and macOS users. The new app has been found to improve the user interface (UI) over the existing WhatsApp desktop version. WhatsApp has separately started rolling out the ability to pause and resume voice message recording for some iOS beta testers. People using the recent WhatsApp for iPhone builds have started seeing ‘My contacts accept…’ privacy settings for Last Seen, Profile Photo, and About Updates. Just last week, beta testers on Android were also able to get the setting on their phones.
Italian blog Agiornamenti Lumia spotted the new WhatsApp app for Windows 10 and Windows 11 users, as reported by WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo. It is a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) based app that appears to be a completely fresh development – completely different in look and feel from the existing WhatsApp for Windows.
In part of a change over the previous version, the UWP version of WhatsApp has the acrylic effect that debuted on Windows 11. It also includes a new drawing feature for users to write or scribble on a white panel on the app which can be shared with WhatsApp contacts.
WhatsApp UWP app is said to give notifications even when it is closed and not active on desktop. Plus, the app takes a second to start up – faster than existing apps.
Although Microsoft is currently testing the new app, you can check out the new experience by downloading the latest WhatsApp beta version from the Microsoft Store.
Apart from the new app for Windows users, WhatsApp is also working on a new app for macOS devices. WABetaInfo reports that the app is based on Apple’s Catalyst project to allow developers to use a single code to build both macOS and iPadOS apps.
The new macOS version of WhatsApp is said to look similar to its iPadOS release that was spotted recently but is yet to become officially available. WABetaInfo also says that you will see some improvements in the UI through the new app.
Along with the new desktop app, WhatsApp has started rolling out the pause voice recording feature on iOS for select beta testers, reports WABetaInfo. It is said to be available through WhatsApp for iOS beta version 126.96.36.199 and allows users to pause their voice message recordings and resume them using the pause button.
Not all beta testers have got the pause recording feature. However, WABetaInfo says that beta testers who are already observing voice waveforms during voice recording are more likely to get the update than others. The feature appeared on the web last month for both Android and iOS users.
WhatsApp for iOS beta version 188.8.131.52 is also found to bring the ‘My Contacts Accept…’ privacy setting that you can use to check your last seen, profile photo and about updates. WABetaInfo has shared a screenshot to suggest how the new setting will be available to beta testers. WhatsApp seemed to be working on the privacy setting for the past few weeks. It reportedly started rolling out to the recent WhatsApp for Android beta version last week.
In addition to the new beta update for iOS, WhatsApp has started rolling out the group icon option for some beta testers on Android. WABetaInfo reports that the feature is a part of WhatsApp for Android beta release 184.108.40.206 and means you can add a custom background, emoji or sticker to your group icon. It has been found to be in development since at least September, although WhatsApp has not yet provided any official details about its release.
Additionally, some beta testers on WhatsApp Business for Android and iOS have gained the ability to create ads for Facebook, WABetaInfo reports. These ads are said to help WhatsApp enterprises increase engagement on their business accounts.
WhatsApp Business beta for Android version 220.127.116.11.15 and beta for iOS 18.104.22.168 has a new . has been found Advertise on Facebook Facility available which can be accessed through Adjustment , business tools, A screenshot has been shared by WABetaInfo to give some context about the update.
Meta-owned WhatsApp has yet to reveal when the features seen in its beta release will be available to the public.