WhatsApp beta for iOS 2.19.120.20: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has recently submitted a new update through the TestFlight Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.19.120.20.
I always recommend to back up your chat history before updating to the new beta: if there is something wrong with the update, your messages are safe on iCloud and you can downgrade to the precedent version from TestFlight or App Store.
Let’s find out together what is new ..

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IMPORTANT NOTICE
  • All features and changes listed in this article will be available in the next version on the App Store, the 2.19.120 official update (except for the Dark Theme, that’s under development). Some of these changes might be already implemented for the current WhatsApp Business beta version.
  • If you want to join the WhatsApp Messenger beta program on TestFlight, you can consider to join my Discord Server, in order to receive push notifications when a beta access is available (if the beta program is currently closed), or check out my TestFlight page every day.
  • If you are curious to join other beta programs (including WhatsApp Business), you can visit my TestFlight page: a great collection of a lot of beta links.
WhatsApp Messenger (2.19.121.3)LAST SLOT AVAILABILITY
207 days, 2 hours, 52 minutes and 56 seconds ago
Beta program closed

The beta program is currently closed.
Check out TestFlight or Twitter daily to discover new availabilities.

KNOWN ISSUES
  • The redesigned footer may not appear in the Splash Screen, for some users.
REDESIGNED SPLASH SCREEN

In the 2.19.110.17 and 2.19.110.21 iOS beta updates, WhatsApp has implemented a new Splash Screen for both WhatsApp Messenger and Business apps:

After rebranding the Facebook Logo, WhatsApp has redesigned the Splash Screen, adding references to Facebook:

The same logo has been implemented in WhatsApp Settings, redesigning the old footer:

Note that a lot of users, with the versions above mentioned, complained about the slowness at the launch of the app, saying that the Splash Screen slowed down the app. We can confirm that this is not true, and the new Splash Screen doesn’t afflict the speed of the launch of the app.

CHAT CELL & ICONS REDESIGN

Some months ago, I’ve announced that WhatsApp was working on a small redesign in the app.

Then WhatsApp has implemented the redesign in the WhatsApp Business beta 2.19.110.21 for iOS. WhatsApp didn’t enable this redesign for the Messenger app, probably because they wanted to see the reaction of their users, but today this redesign is also available in WhatsApp Messenger!
When you open WhatsApp Messenger beta, you will immediately notice some differences about cell animations (archiving, pinning and set to read/unread), height and icons:

Some icons are also redesigned, (photo, video, document, camera, read receipts etc..).

OLD READ RECEIPTS ICON:

NEW READ RECEIPTS ICON:

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REGISTRATION NOTIFICATIONS

WhatsApp is developing a new feature that allows to use the same WhatsApp account from multiple devices.

In this beta, there are references to this feature. In according to access from a second device to the same WhatsApp account, WhatsApp need the usual registration code. WhatsApp notifies now (yes, this kind of notification is already enabled in this beta) when someone requires a registration code for your account.

This is very important. In these years, if someone requested a registration code for our account, we didn’t know that. Today, WhatsApp releases this feature, that is very important when the team will enable the support to use an account from multiple devices.
WhatsApp also gives more details about the request for a registration code:

As officially reported by WhatsApp in a their FAQ: This often happens if another user mistyped your number when trying to enter their own number to register, and can also happen when someone attempts to take over your account.
The best suggestion we can give is to enable the Two-step verification feature.

UPDATED PROFILE/GROUP ICON

WhatsApp has updated the image (very similar to WhatsApp for Android) that appears when a contact has not a profile picture and for groups without a group icon:

NO PROFILE PICTURE:

NO GROUP ICON:

WhatsApp has also added those images in the recent 2.19.120.11 Business beta for iOS update.

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DARK THEME

The Dark Theme feature is still under development. It means you cannot use this feature yet, but we can start to show you something about it.
In the 2.19.110.17 iOS beta update WhatsApp has implemented (but still under development) Dark Bubbles.
We have also given more details about the development of the Dark Theme, presenting its two different configurations.
Today we can show those two configurations for the Chats List:

Note: These two screenshots are from WhatsApp Business (under development), but they are also valid for WhatsApp Messenger (under development).
We can confirm that the first configuration (the darker theme) will be the default theme that WhatsApp will use.
The user will be able to switch to the second configuration modifying the device accessibility settings.
We don’t know yet when WhatsApp is going to release the Dark Mode, but they are working on it. Stay tuned!


Let us know on Twitter if you like these features and read our next announcements on our Telegram Channel!
WABetaInfo has a Discord Server about WhatsApp, where you can chat, give advice, ask help to other participants and read my announcements!

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