WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 126.96.36.199.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is rolling out a message reaction filtering feature for channels, making it easier for channel admins to see which of their contacts have reacted to channel updates, and it’s available to some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Message reaction filter|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52 is marked as a compatible update, but some users may be able to get the same feature by installing the previous 184.108.40.206 update.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is available to some beta testers, and it’s rolling out to more users over the coming days.|
|Thanks:||Aken, Saadh Jawwadh, and Technical MJ TV, for testing and reporting.|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11: what’s new? WhatsApp is working on a feature to share voice messages and stickers in channels!|
MESSAGE REACTION FILTER
After releasing a feature to add reactions to channel updates, and the ability to share voice messages and stickers in channels with the WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update, it seems that WhatsApp keeps focusing on introducing other new features to channels to improve the user experience. Specifically, thanks to the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124 update, which is available on the Google Play Store, we discovered that WhatsApp is rolling out message reaction filtering feature for channels, making it easier to see which of your contacts have reacted to your channel updates:
As you can see in the attached screenshot, a new filter when viewing the reaction list for channel updates is available to some beta testers. With this filter, channel admins can view individual reactions from their contacts, providing them with a new feature to get valuable insights into how their contacts are receiving and reacting to the content they share on their channels.
In our opinion, this feature brings an additional layer of interaction and feedback from your contacts when you share a new channel update as channel admins can now better understand which updates capture the attention of their contacts. We think that this information can also help channel admins in identifying the content that connects most effectively with their audience and contacts, allowing them to optimize their channel strategy to refine their future updates and engagement. It’s important to mention that this information is exclusively accessible to channel admins. As a result, even if someone is following the same channel as you, you won’t be able to view their reactions to channel updates, as this action is private and only channel admins have this privilege.
A message reaction filtering feature for channels, making it easier for channel admins to see which of their contacts have reacted to channel updates, is available to some beta testers who install the latest version of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store, and it’s rolling out to more people over the coming days.
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