WhatsApp Beta hints at Advanced Search, password protection for chat backup, and new auto-download rules being added: Report

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 08 Apr 2020
WhatsApp Beta hints at Advanced Search, password protection for chat backup, and new auto-download rules being added: Report
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WhatsApp Beta has suggested the introduction of a bunch of new features to the stable version of WhatsApp

This includes an Advanced Search feature, password protection for chat backups, and new rules for auto-downloading media

This news comes just a short while after the company announced a new rule which dictates that any forwarded message can be sent to only one contact or chat at a time

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Its looks like WhatsApp will soon be getting a pretty big update. WhatsApp Beta recently was updated to v2.20.117 and the update fixed random crashes that here happening due to a missing library called “libcurve25519.so”. Besides this, WABetaInfo has managed to find a bunch of other features that will most likely soon be added to the stable version fo Whatsapp. This includes an Advanced Search feature, password protection for chat backups to Google Drive, and the removal of the auto-download option for frequently forwarded media. 

The Advanced Search feature is said to complement the current chat search option by letting people search for media. The current search option is limited to only text messages, which can make looking for a specific photo, video or voice messages a little tricky.

WhatsApp is also working on a password protection feature for chat backups on Google Drive. This feature allows users to get a password for their chat, which needs to be entered in order to retrieve that backup. However, it is noted that this password is not saved or synced with the user’s WhatsApp account or on Facebook’s servers. So if they lose their password, their chat backup will be lost.

WhatsApp also seems to be doing its bit to curb the excessive number of message forwarding that happens on its platform. The report notes that it could soon allow users to disable the auto-downloading of frequently forwarded media like images, videos and documents on its platform. In related news, WhatsApp recently started limiting the number of people a message can be forwarded at a time to just one. You can find out more about that here.

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