WHATSAPP has updated its app with three brand new features that will completely change the way you use the app.
You’ll be able to get reminders about important events, see if you have a call waiting while you’re on the phone, and block group invites from strangers.
Make sure to update your WhatsApp app to get the latest features.
And if you can’t see them, don’t panic: sometimes new features activate at different times for different users during an extended roll-out.
WhatsApp Reminders feature
The first new feature is a reminders tool that lets you create and receive alerts inside WhatsApp.
First, you’ll need to download and set up the popular reminders app Any.do.
Then you can link it to WhatsApp for easy reminders. You could send a text like: “Cancel my Amazon Prime subscription” and you’ll be reminded later on.
The bad news is that the new feature costs £5.99/$5.99 – the price of any Any.do premium subscription.
“Introducing Any.do’s WhatsApp Reminder integration. A fast and easy way to create tasks and reminders straight from your ongoing conversations!
“Easily create tasks and get reminders in WhatsApp on any supported device.
“Create a task by sending a direct message to Any-do or forward a message to Any-do from any of your contacts.
“Be reminded as soon as tasks are due, straight through WhatsApp. It’s easy, simple and effective!”
WhatsApp Group Invites feature
If you often find yourself trapped in pointless WhatsApp groups, then this new feature is for you.
The chat app has added a way to block strangers and friends from adding you to groups without your permission.
Previously, anyone with your phone number could add you to a group chat.
This allowed strangers to dump you into chats for spam purposes or trolling.
And sometimes friends (or former friends) might have added you to a group you just didn’t want to be in.
You can now choose whether everyone, just your contact or only specific people can invite you to WhatsApp chats without your permission
WhatsApp now lets you stop this from happening until you’ve accepted a private invitation.
To do so, hit WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups.
You’re then presented with three options for who you want to limit unsolicited invites to: “Everyone”, my contacts” and “my contacts except”.
The first means anyone can add you to group chats without permission, while the second limits this power to people in your contacts.
Those not on your contacts must add you to chats via an invite sent to you in a private message.
You have three days to either accept or decline the offer before it expires.
The final option lets you block several of your contacts from adding you while giving the rest of them the power to do so.
It’s a great way to stop any trigger-happy mates from adding you to too many chats – though we imagine the move might cause a few arguments.
WhatsApp Call Waiting feature
WhatsApp will now flag if someone tries to call you while you’re already on the phone.
Previously, you’d have no idea there was a person waiting if you were already on a WhatsApp call.
You’d only notice the issue once you got off the phone and spotted a missed call.
The new feature will let you decline the second caller, or end your current call and switch to the newer one.