WhatsApp news of the week: new account security features and companion mode


If you missed our stories this week about the latest updates to WhatsApp beta for Android, iOS, and Desktop, this is a good time to catch up thanks to our summary. Among the 11 stories we shared, the best news of the week is about new account security features, available in a future update of WhatsApp for iOS and Android.


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  1. We announced that WhatsApp is releasing a tweaked interface for the sidebar on the native macOS app, and it is available for all users that install the latest beta version of the app.
  2. Some users may be able to use a new search feature within their app settings after installing the WhatsApp beta for Android update.
  3. A new update for WhatsApp is available on the App Store. Thanks to the official changelog, we discovered that the WhatsApp for iOS 23.6.75 update brings new features for group chats to everyone!
  4. WhatsApp announced that a new payment feature for small businesses is available in Brazil that allows users to pay for goods and services directly within a WhatsApp chat.
  5. WhatsApp also announced new account security features that include Account Protect, Device Verification, and Automatic Security Codes. In our opinion, this is the best news of the week:

  1. WhatsApp is finally releasing the companion mode for all beta testers that install one of the latest versions of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store.
  2. In the article about the WhatsApp beta for iOS update, we explained that WhatsApp keeps working on the ability to send video messages by developing a message preview within the chat list, for a future update of the app.
  3. WhatsApp is also working on bringing the ability to record video messages in the Android beta app, and it is under development in the WhatsApp beta for Android update.
  4. We published an article about the WhatsApp beta for Android update, where we explained that WhatsApp is working on expiring groups as an additional tool to save space, available in a future update of the app.
  5. The WhatsApp beta for Android update brings the ability to add a description to forwarded images, videos, GIFs, and documents, and it’s available for some beta testers. In addition, this update brings an issue when viewing status updates and downloading videos.
  6. The fix for the above-mentioned issue is available after installing the WhatsApp beta for Android update.

Stay tuned for more news and updates about WhatsApp, coming your way next week!

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