WhatsApp will soon let you mute videos before sharing

WhatsApp will soon let you mute videos before sharing

WhatsApp could soon allow users the option to mute videos before sending them to a contact or set them as a status update. The new feature is reportedly in development for Android users in the early stage, although it may also reach iPhone users in the future. The iPhone version of WhatsApp is also found to have a new feature in the works called ‘Read Later’. This new offering will essentially be an improved version of the existing Archived Chats feature.

According to a report by WhatsApp It has the WABetaInfo tracker, WhatsApp 2.20.207.2 beta for Android carries references of the ability to mute videos before sending them to a contact or setting them as a status update.

A screenshot posted by WABetaInfo suggests that a speaker icon would be available alongside the length and file size details of the video that users want to share. Tapping that icon will likely mute the video before sharing via WhatsApp.

WhatsApp appears to have a speaker icon that would allow users to mute videos
Photo credit: WABetaInfo

The new feature is said to be in development and not yet available even for beta testing. However, it is expected to be available for WhatsApp for Android users in a future update.

In addition to the option to mute video, WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is working on the ‘Read Later’ feature that will replace the existing File Chats. The new feature is said to be part of WhatsApp beta version 2.20.130.16 for iPhone.

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WhatsApp for iPhone seems to replace file chats with ‘Read Later’ feature
Photo credit: WABetaInfo

Some screenshots shared by WABetaInfo suggest that the ‘Read Later’ feature would allow users to archive certain chats for which they would not receive any notification. An Edit button will also be provided to allow users to select multiple chats they want to quickly unarchive. Tapping the Edit button will also bring up an Edit Archive Settings option that will allow users to make changes to how archived chats work, as seen in a screenshot.

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WhatsApp seems to have an Edit File Settings option in process
Photo credit: WABetaInfo

It is speculated that the new ‘Read Later’ feature will work in conjunction with the new ‘Vacation mode’ what is in development for some time but it is not yet available to the public. And like the video mute feature, ‘Read Later’ on WhatsApp is said to be in development and will likely be available in a future update.

WABetaInfo also he found that WhatsApp is renaming the existing FAQ option as Help Center. The change appeared in WhatsApp 2.20.207.3 beta for Android.

Last month, WhatsApp was detected bringing support in the application to allow users to submit bug reports directly from the messaging application. It was also recently discovered that the Facebook-owned company was testing features called join missed calls and biometric blocking which might be available to users via a future update.

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