WhatsApp beta for iOS what’s new?


WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the TestFlight beta Program, bringing the version up to The version marked within WhatsApp Settings is and the TestFlight build is 22.22.0 (408935275).
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is bringing back the format text shortcut on iOS 16.


Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Format text shortcut
Status? Enabled
Compatibility? WhatsApp beta for iOS is marked as a compatible update.
I have the same version but I don’t have this feature, why? The new format text shortcut is only available to users on iOS 16.
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WhatsApp supports text formatting on iOS, Android, and Desktop, for chat messages by placing certain characters before and after the text to format:

  • Italics: place an underscore before and after the word or words, for example _WhatsApp_
  • Bold: place an asterisk before and after the word or words, for example *WhatsApp*
  • Strikethrough: place a tilde before and after the word or words, for example ~WhatsApp~
  • Monospace: place three backticks before and after the word or words, for example ```WhatsApp```

Alternatively, you can select the text to format and tap the menu action BIU that’s faster than putting a character before and after the word to format. After the iOS 16 update, apps have to call their formatting menu as “Format” instead of BIU: this is why this menu didn’t show up on iOS 16.

WhatsApp beta for iOS update is now out for beta testers and it supports the changes due to iOS 16: in fact, if you are on iOS 16 and you try to select the text to format, you can see that the format text shortcut finally shows up again so you can format the text as usual. For all other users on iOS 15 and lower versions, they will still see the usual BIU shortcut so nothing changes for them.
The new format text shortcut is available to all users on iOS 16 that install the latest beta from TestFlight. Be sure to update WhatsApp in order to take advantage of the new shortcut.

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