WhatsApp beta for Android 2.18.282: 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 2.18.282 version.
Let’s find out together what is new ..



  • The Swipe to Reply feature 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.


After a long time, WhatsApp is finally starting to add one of the wanted feature: it’s the Swipe to Reply feature!
Let’s show you how the feature works.
The feature is the same implemented years ago on WhatsApp for iOS. It will allow you to quickly reply to a message using a gesture. Recently WhatsApp has implemented an alternative on the Android version (tap and hold + type to reply), but this surely works better and faster!


As shown in the video, if you swipe right the message you want to reply to, WhatsApp automatically loads the message in the reply context, saving you time!
We don’t know yet when WhatsApp is going to release the feature for everyone, as above mentioned, but we’re sure it will be remotely enabled very soon, seen that it’s not a very hard feature to develop.


When there are more than 10 participants, WhatsApp shows a More button that will present the full group participants list. This is already enabled in the update.

Let us know on Twitter if you like this feature and read our next announcements on our Telegram Channel!
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