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Meta owner, Mark Zuckerberg has announced new changes on data transfer between iOS and Android users. Photo: Stock/Canva

Four BIG changes planned for WhatsApp that you need to know about

WhatsApp, which boasts more than 2billion users worldwide, is plotting four BIG changes that you need to know about it.

WhatsApp Android iOS

Meta owner, Mark Zuckerberg has announced new changes on data transfer between iOS and Android users. Photo: Stock/Canva

WhatsApp’s messaging app is plotting four big changes to groups that are expected to be rolled out soon.

Meta-owned messaging service WhatsApp, with more than 2billion users worldwide, is rolling out updates for its app with several new useful features previously only available to beta users.


One of the new changes includes new voice note functionality, which will allow you to pause and resume voice recordings.

According to Insider website WABetaInfo this feature will help those who get frustrated with having their voice notes interrupted by incoming phone calls and having to start over or record their messages in parts.

Furthermore, the feature will allow you to listen to, delete, or continue recording the voice note before sending it.

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You will be delighted to know that it will be easy to use this feature, as users will only have to swipe up from the microphone button to lock a recording.  

WhatsApp will show a pause button to the left of the send button, which you can hit to halt the recording temporarily.

As soon as you are ready to continue, you can tap the microphone button again. They can also preview their recorded message before sending it by pressing the play button on the left.


WhatsApp is developing a feature that will allow you to migrate your chat history from Android to iOS and vice versa.

While you can already migrate your chat history from iOS to Samsung Devices, this feature is expected to make it easier for users to manage their chat history should they swap operating systems.

Android 12 devices are expected to receive chat history support from iOS at a later date.


The third big change that WhatsApp will be introducing is that it developed a new feature that will allow iOS users to react to messages with an emoji similar to its sister app Facebook Messenger. 

This includes the ability to ‘like’ or ‘heart’ messages sent by other users.

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The feature is currently unavailable to WhatsApp’s wider user base but will likely be made available in an update released in the coming months.


WhatsApp is also developing security changes to make two-step verification more manageable for users.

It will include the ability to enable or disable the two-step verification on the web/desktop client.

“This is very important, especially when you lose your phone and you do not remember your PIN. Yes, you can restore it by requesting a reset link, but if you are temporarily unable to log into your mail account, this is a good solution,” WABetaInfo said.