WhatsApp launched an official chat where users can receive the latest information about the app, including updates and tips on how to use it. The chat is marked with a green badge, providing users with a way to verify that the account is legitimate. This week, some random people on WhatsApp for iOS and Android received the first message from the official chat, informing them about disappearing messages!
|Name of the feature?||Official WhatsApp chat|
|Compatibility?||Latest versions of WhatsApp for iOS and Android are marked as compatible updates.|
|My WhatsApp version is the latest one available on the App Store and Google Play, but I don’t see the official chat. Why?||Unfortunately, it is only possible to open the official chat if you’ve received a message and it is delivered to random people.|
|Thanks:||Muhammad Hammad, SiLent, and Elementary Pancake 2, for testing and reporting!|
|How to join the community on WhatsApp?||WABetaInfo Community|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 184.108.40.206: what’s new? WhatsApp is releasing the ability to limit polls to only one choice!|
WhatsApp just launched its official chat, making it available to some random users: it is designed to provide users with the latest news, updates, and tips on how to make the most out of WhatsApp. This official chat has been in development for some time as announced in our articles about the WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 update from the Play Store and the WhatsApp beta for iOS 18.104.22.168 build from TestFlight, and the first message is finally rolling out to random users this week!
As you can see in this screenshot, the official WhatsApp chat is marked with a green verified badge and it contains tips and tricks on how to use the app, as well as information on new features and updates. The verified badge ensures that the chat is legitimate, providing users with reassurance that the information they receive is legitimate and it helps to prevent users from falling victim to scams or phishing attempts that may try to imitate the official WhatsApp account.
The advantage of receiving these messages in the official chat is that users can easily stay informed without having to search for the most recent information themselves: users can receive updates directly from WhatsApp, and they can always archive, mute, or block the chat if they do not want to receive notifications.
The first message that WhatsApp sent in the official chat explains how to make messages disappear, linking to an official FAQ. Disappearing messages allow users to send messages that will disappear from both the sender and receiver’s chat after a certain period of time.
Note that some random users may receive the message this week, but it is unclear how people are selected since it seems to be a random selection. Unfortunately, it is not possible to open this chat if you haven’t received a message from WhatsApp as they are delivered to random users and the chat will only appear when a message is received by those users. In addition, even if the screenshot is taken from WhatsApp for Android, some people on WhatsApp for iOS may receive the same message this week. In case you should get a message from the official WhatsApp chat, it will also be visible on WhatsApp Desktop.
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