WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 220.127.116.11.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is releasing a feature to add profile icons to group chats, and it’s available to some beta testers again!
|Name of the feature?||Group profile icons|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 is marked as a compatible update.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is now available to some users. WhatsApp plans to release it to more people over the coming weeks.|
|Thanks:||FastenM, UnluckyTester, Sc, CheFlash, Kaden, wan23four, ferferga, Ebenezer, and Sips Juwisi, for testing and reporting!|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124: what’s new? WhatsApp is working on a feature to discover new channels by using filters!|
GROUP PROFILE ICONS
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199 update, we shared information about a new feature available to some lucky beta testers: group profile icons. With this feature, profile icons will show up within the group chat, making it easier for users to distinguish other group participants. Two weeks ago, we posted a tweet where we explained that this feature has been disabled for a lot of people, and that may be due to a certain unknown problem experienced by some or all users. Finally, thanks to the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52 update available on the Google Play Store, the feature is available to some beta testers again!
Since this feature adds profile icons to group chats, you need to open a group chat to discover if the feature is available for your account again. This feature is designed to assist users in recognizing group members more easily, and it allows quick differentiation between different members by utilizing their profile icons.
As we mentioned in our previous article, the profile icon proves to be especially helpful when group members have similar names or haven’t set a profile photo. In this case, if a group member doesn’t have a profile photo or has chosen to hide it, WhatsApp will display a default empty profile photo with a color that matches the corresponding contact name, in order to improve identification.
The feature that adds profile icons to group chats is available for some beta testers again after installing the latest update of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store. Note that this feature is still available to some users, so it may be not enabled for your WhatsApp account, but we can confirm that it is rolling out to even more people over the coming weeks.
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