WhatsApp to display larger media previews, expand disappearing messages feature for iOS users

By Ashika Rajan, Trainee Reporter
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Facebook-owned popular messaging platform WhatsApp has started to send update notifications to its iOS users. 

The instant messaging app has released a new update on the App Store. For all iOS users on the stable version of the app, the latest WhatsApp for iOS version 2.21.71 introduces two new changes.

The updates

The first change allows users to quickly view images and videos without having to open them. The picture and video previews would be much larger than the existing small square previews.

Secondly, in WhatsApp for iOS version 2.21.71, the ability to change the Disappearing Messages setting by default has been expanded. This option is now available to all members of a group, rather than just the admin. As per the changelog on App Store, admins can “still have control” over the feature by changing the edit group info setting.

The update is already rolling out via the App Store, and all users should be able to update soon. You may not get the update immediately because it is likely to be a phased rollout.

Last year, WhatsApp launched Disappearing Messages on the platform for Android, iOS, and Linux-based KaiOS devices. For those who aren’t aware, once Disappearing Messages is turned on, text sent in an individual or group chat will vanish after seven days. Messages sent or received in the chat before disappearing messages are allowed would not be affected by this setting.

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