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WhatsApp Android update: latest news

We're always keeping an eye out for the latest WhatsApp update news and features. When we hear of a new feature coming soon, we'll tell you when you can expect it to roll out to you, how to use the new feature and we'll give you all the tips and tricks you need to make the most of it. The most recent update brings Gboard GIF support.

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How do I update WhatsApp?

The easiest way to update WhatsApp is through the Play Store, where updates will work their way to you automatically. Make sure it's not waiting for an update by opening the Play Store, pressing on the trio of lines in the top left to open the menu. There, select My apps & games and see if it's listed at the top of the screen.

WhatsApp Messenger Install on Google Play

To get beta versions of WhatsApp through the Play Store, you can sign up here, and then you'll have the latest features before all your friends do.

If you want to update WhatsApp manually, you can download the latest version of WhatsApp by visiting the WhatsApp update download page, or you can download the WhatsApp update APK through APK Mirror, where the latest version is always uploaded (including beta builds).

To install an APK, make sure you head into Settings > Security > Unknown sources and ensure the toggle is on. Then, press on the downloaded APK file and follow the instructions. For a more detailed explanation of what APKs are and what to do with them, take a look at our dedicated page.

The latest WhatsApp update: Gboard GIF support

Over the past year or two there have been a lot of major WhatsApp updates, like the addition of video calling, end-to-end encryption, voicemail, tons of new emoji, Google Drive backups and the end of the subscription fee. The latest update now allows you to convert videos into GIFs, share them and search for them on Giphy. That said, there has been one annoying problem with this GIF feature: no Gboard GIF support. But now, in the latest WhatsApp beta, that's been changed.

Gboard - the Google Keyboard Install on Google Play

With version 2.17.110, users have the ability to send GIFs via Gboard's GIF panel, which was previously disabled, instead of WhatsApp's built-in GIF interface. So, you can search, insert and share GIFs without having to leave your favorite keyboard. To get this feature, update your app to the latest beta version through the Google Play Store, or by searching for the APK online.

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Go GIF-crazy with Gboard integration on WhatsApp. / © AndroidPIT

The recently added WhatsApp GIF features:

Convert videos into GIFs and share: Tap the camera icon in a conversation, record a video, then hit OK. When the video trimming page pops up, tap the camcorder icon on the upper right and it will switch to a GIF icon. Then you can send your up to six second long video as a GIF.

Share GIFs from Giphy or Tenor: Tap the emoji button and you can choose between the GIF and emoji modes on the bar that shows up at the bottom. Choose GIF and you can see a list of popular emoji or search by keyword for just the right GIF for the occasion. The GIF feature is from either Giphy or Tenor, with users split between the two services evenly.

New media sharing limit: The media sharing limit has been raised from 10 to 30, so you can now share up to 30 photos or videos at once.

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Search and send GIFs through Giphy. / © AndroidPIT

Recent WhatsApp update: new (old) Status features

Text statuses are back

As of March 15, in a turnaround driven by frustrated users, WhatsApp has confirmed that it's bringing back text-only status messages, which it earlier got rid of in favor of a Snapchat-style photo Status message. Users will be able to set both image and text status updates (from within the About section) once the newest update has been installed.

Image statuses are here to stay, too

Unable to buy Snapchat, Facebook is trying to duplicate the success of its features through WhatsApp Messenger. Since 2009, even before messaging was added as a function, it was possible to write text statuses on WhatsApp. Now, statuses have gotten an upgrade, offering features similar to Snapchat. You can take photos, edit them to add emojis, text, stickers and more and publish them as your Status.

Your WhatsApp Status is visible for 24 hours. Of course, it is possible to manage your privacy settings to allow only some contacts (or all your contacts) to view your WhatsApp status. In short, if you are familiar with Snapchat or Instagram, you won't be lost when trying out the new features.

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Prepare to get new Status features! / © WhatsApp

Recent WhatsApp update: two-step verification feature

Two-step verification is a well-known security feature already available on many other services like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Dropbox, among others. Using a special code to verify that you're you, this extra verification step makes your accounts more secure. WhatsApp now offers this feature too, but with a twist. The app allows you to create a six-digit passcode that will be required each time your phone number is verified with the application.

To enable the two-step verification feature: open WhatsApp and go to Settings > Account > Two-step verification, then tap Enable and set your code. It's that simple.

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Making your account more secure is simple with the new feature. / © AndroidPIT

Have you got the latest version of WhatsApp? What do you think of it? 

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  • really good app...helpful

  • I would love to see WhatsApp give users the choice of their emoji skins... I hate the iOS emoji, and WhatsApp near clone/rip offs of them. This is one of the main things that stopped me using it for so long, if I wanted iOS elements on my phone, I'd downgrade to an i7+.
    Good to see some cooperation between Facebook and Google devs, though.

  • Please my fon misbehaving

  • My thoughts exactly.......No contact list, bring it back in your next update

  • I didn't like the new whatsapp update.
    Please restore to the old version.

  • I THINK NOW WHATSAPP NEED A REAL CHALLENGER... WHY THEY CHANGE THINGS EVERYDAY AND MADE IT VERY COMPLICATED..? I STARTED TO HATE THIS APP

  • Tinashe 1 month ago Link to comment

    Good day. I really enjoy using whatsapp. The new status feature is okay but please give us the option of writing a text status also, like the way it was. Putting up pics & videos as a status is cool, but I would prefer to have the option of writing text statuses also. I think most whatsapp users agree with me.

  • I don't like new whats app status feature , its not user freindly. old one is much better for status update. Update version of status is complicated as status not reflecting in individual profile ,also we need to check specifically.
    set status is not last for the long, its gone after 3/4 days. Another thing we need to update photo compulsory to write a status. All are disadavantage.
    Request to change as earlier one . Old is gold.

  • This new update is too much bad ..there is no contact list and proper status and un necessary thing has been added .. the old version was good .. All my friends said that the old version was good.. please get it back to the old version

  • L Bod 1 month ago Link to comment

    Please put our contact list back!

  • Good day. I really enjoy using whatsapp. The new status feature is okay but please give us the option of writing a text status also, like the way it was. Putting up pics & videos as a status is cool, but I would prefer to have the option of writing text statuses also. I think most whatsapp users agree with me.

  • Exactly! I hate this. Its rubbish. Why copy snapchat? where would the difference be? I will be deleting Whatsapp.

  • Why did Whatsapp change things so much? I don't always update my status with a photo. Sometimes I use interesting pins from Pinterest or funny memes I've found on the internet. Mark Zuckerberg, not everyone spends their whole life taking selfies!

  • At first when I saw the new status update feature, I liked it because it saved me having to get inside my contacts list and scroll through my friends' statuses to see what they were up to. Now as I'm playing around with it a bit more, I think Whatsapp should have left the status bar as is. Or at least put an option button to opt out of having your phone behave like snapchat. I'm an adult and sometimes I prefer to share a pin I've found on Pinterest to my status, rather than a photo. Whatsapp needs to re-think this. Not everyone in the world spends their whole life taking selfies!

  • The new update is not good plz change it the old one was much good.. it doesn't show the contact list which is too much important indeed this step is better that the status privacy is only for this friend but it didn't show the status of friends.. all my friends say that this new update is rubish we will stop using whatsapp if it continue.. So kindly please update it and change it ..thank you

  • Why did you remove the contact list. Please put it back. Nice new feature but put back the contact list

  • check out out the new feature of whatsapp and download link as well

  • I love this WhatsApp feature

  • Rakesh C. 2 months ago Link to comment

    This Article is good and very useful information.

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