WhatsApp beta for Android what’s new?


WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is releasing the ability to add a description to forwarded images, videos, GIFs, and documents, and it is available for some beta testers!


Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Description for forwarded messages
Status? Rolling out
Compatibility? WhatsApp beta for Android is marked as a compatible update.
I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why? This feature is available for some beta testers. In case it is not available for your WhatsApp account, please wait for a future update.
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When we announced what’s new in the WhatsApp beta for Android update, we explained that some beta testers were able to use a new feature: the ability to keep the caption while forwarding images, videos, GIFs, and documents. This feature is important as removing the caption from the forwarded media could cause confusion for the person who receives the message. After installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update on the Google Play Store, we discovered that WhatsApp is introducing the ability to add a description to forwarded images, videos, GIFs, and documents:

As you can see in this screenshot, you can add a custom description for the forwarded image by removing the current caption. This feature is useful in case the current caption doesn’t correctly describe the image or you want to attach a different description. When you remove the current caption and you add your own, the new description will be sent as a separate message so the recipients know it doesn’t belong to the original message.

Thanks to this feature, users can provide additional context to the forwarded media by explaining why they forwarded it and sharing their thoughts, opinions, or feelings about the media. By allowing users to add an explanatory message to the forwarded media, this feature can definitely mitigate misunderstandings and misinterpretations, and enhance the understanding of the media’s content among recipients.

Note that, after installing this update, some users may experience issues when viewing status updates and downloading videos. In this case, please wait for the next update that will likely fix the issue.

The ability to add a description to the forwarded message is available for some beta testers while forwarding images, videos, GIFs, and documents, with a caption, and it may be available after installing the latest update of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Play Store. In case the feature is not available for your WhatsApp account, note that it is rolling out to even more users over the coming days.

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