WhatsApp is introducing profile photos in notifications

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WhatsApp is releasing the first feature of the year today, and this time it’s for iOS beta testers. The feature is about system notifications that now include profile photos.


Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Profile Photos – Notifications
Status? Rolling out
Compatibility? WhatsApp is releasing profile photos in notifications for people that use at least the beta on iOS 15.
I’ve installed the beta but I don’t see profile photos in notifications. Why? Since this feature has been enabled to some beta testers, it may be needed some time before being enabled for your WhatsApp account.
Thanks: Gabriel Maldi and Tim for testing and reporting.
Previous news? 2021 has been a good year for WhatsApp

The first feature of the year is finally here, and I’m sure it is very appreciated by some iOS beta testers: WhatsApp is now rolling out a very nice addition, that shows up profile photos in iOS system notifications!

As you can see in this screenshot, WhatsApp has added the support to include profile photos in notifications when you receive new messages from chats and groups. This feature has been released to some beta testers only on iOS 15 since it uses iOS 15 APIs.
Do not be surprised if it’s not available for your WhatsApp account, because WhatsApp is planning to activate this feature for more accounts at a later date.
At the moment, WhatsApp may experience some issues adding profile photos to specific notifications: since this is a beta feature, we should expect new updates that improve the feature soon.

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