WhatsApp beta for Android 2.18.216: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has recently submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.18.216 version.
Let’s find out together what is new ..



  • The Mark as Read shortcut feature in the Notification Center is not available yet.
    WhatsApp is working in order to add this feature, adding new improvements in the next updates. It’s not available yet for development reasons and the feature needs to get many other improvements before to be enabled for everyone.
    For this reason, it’s ok if you have updated your WhatsApp version and it’s not working for you seen that the feature is under development.
  • The Mute shortcut is now enabled for everyone on 2.18.216.
    If the feature is not enabled for you, please back up your chat history and reinstall WhatsApp.


WhatsApp has now released a new feature for any Android beta user, that allows to quickly mute a chat, directly from your Notification Center.
Let’s discover how it works.
When you receive 51+ messages from the same chat, you will find a new button called Mute in the WhatsApp Notification:

The Mute shortcut won’t appear if you have received less than 51 messages: in this situation, another shortcut will appear in future, that is the Mark as Read shortcut, and we have talked about it here.


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