WhatsApp is testing new tools for Storage Usage

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I decided to start a marathon of features today, announcing several news that will be available in future on WhatsApp for iOS and Android. Being under development, a lot of these features might change their appearance before the release, but we will keep you updated about any small change.
Let’s discover all them together!

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IMPORTANT NOTICE
  • Improvements for Storage Usage are under development and they are not available yet.
  • WhatsApp is testing the feature before the release: it’s currently under development and unfortunately there isn’t any release date available. It might take some time to be released, because WhatsApp is planning to add more options for the redesigned Storage Usage.
  • When the feature will be available, we’re going to post an announcement. The news is from WhatsApp for Android, but we don’t exclude to see it on WhatsApp for iOS too, because WhatsApp is used to add the same features for all platforms.
STORAGE USAGE

As announced on Twitter, today I start to announce new features available in the next WhatsApp versions!


The first news was about the Search by date option, to quickly search messages picking a date, available in future for iOS (and Android, seen that WhatsApp is going to add the same features for all their platforms).
This article is dedicated to WhatsApp for Android, where WhatsApp has started to test some new tools for Storage Usage, the section that allows to manage your chats and messages in detail.
All these tools (and the upcoming ones) will define a redesign of the feature: in fact WhatsApp is actually planning to redesign this section, adding a bunch of new features.
The first news: WhatsApp will add some default filters to quickly find specific messages, for example the possibility to view only forwarded files.

As you can see in this screenshot, WhatsApp will also allow to view Large Files, so you can immediately understand which files have a large size.
In Storage Usage, for example if you tap the Photos row, WhatsApp will show all photos shared in that specific chat. There will be a new Sort button, so you can decide how to view the results:

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The Sort button will offer some default actions: Newest, Oldest and by Size:

When you sort the results using the filter, WhatsApp will update the section, showing now the updated results:

The feature is currently under development, and it’s going to receive other improvements and options before the release.
For the same reason explained in the Search by date article, these improvements will be added in WhatsApp for iOS as well.
I will post an announcement when WhatsApp is going to release these features: stay tuned!

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