WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the TestFlight beta Program, bringing the version up to 220.127.116.11. The version marked within WhatsApp Settings is 18.104.22.168 and the TestFlight build is 23.21.1 (527541808).
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is rolling out a search feature for the Updates tab, making it easier to search for status updates and channels, and it is available to some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Search – Updates tab|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 22.214.171.124 is marked as a compatible update, but some users may also be able to experiment with the same feature by installing one of the following builds: 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.71.|
|I have the same version but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is available to some beta testers, and it’s rolling out to more people over the coming days.|
|Thanks:||Youssef Salem, for testing and reporting!|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 184.108.40.206: what’s new? WhatsApp is rolling out a new menu to switch between audio and video message mode!|
SEARCH – UPDATES TAB
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 update, we shared information regarding a new feature: a search feature for the Updates tab. This feature was a nice addition since it has been removed after the release of WhatsApp Channels, which made it really complicated for users to search for status updates. This feature has already been released to some Android beta testers with the recent WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update, and we just discovered that WhatsApp is now rolling the search feature on the iOS app as well!
As you can see in this screenshot, a search bar for the Updates tab is available to some beta testers after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS 22.214.171.124 update from the TestFlight app, making it easier for users to search for status updates. It’s important to note that this feature also allows users to search for their followed channels right within the new search bar since it could be complicated to find specific channels among a growing list of followed updates. In addition, users who have chosen not to follow any channel now have the option to collapse the section listing recommended channels.
In our opinion, the development of this feature was needed as it was complicated to search for status updates with the new Updates tab. Thanks to the latest update, WhatsApp is finally bringing back the search feature for status updates and making it easier for users to search for followed channels. We think that the update also confirms their commitment to listen to user feedback as a lot of users do not want to see recommended channels in the new Updates tab, improving the user experience.
The search feature for the Updates tab is available to some beta testers who install the latest updates of WhatsApp beta for iOS from the TestFlight app, and it’s rolling out to more people over the coming days.
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