5 New WhatsApp Features in 2021 You Don’t Know Yet

WhatsApp is a very popular mobile messaging platform. It comes with tons of cool features such as hide last seen, read receipt, and many others. we’ve already covered over 20 WhatsApp tricks that you can read from here. Today, we want to add 5 more new WhatsApp features in 2021 you don’t know yet. So, without further ado, let’s get into the post.

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5 New WhatsApp Features in 2021

  1. Stop WhatsApp Status Timer
  2. WhatsApp Disappearing Message Feature
  3. Mute Always
  4. WhatsApp UPI Payment
  5. Inbuilt Fingerprint Lock

Stop WhatsApp Status Timer

This new WhatsApp feature helps you to pause the status view time. When you view someone’s status on WhatsApp, you’ll need to hold the status using your finger otherwise it switches to another status automatically after few seconds. This new WhatsApp feature will let the users pause the status timer, and then it will not switch to another status automatically. To do that, simply tap on your friend’s WhatsApp status with your three fingers while it is open. Voila! Now you can remove your fingers from the status and it will remain unchanged. However, tapping one finger on the WhatsApp status again will restart the timer.

WhatsApp Disappearing Messages Feature

WhatsApp rolling out the new disappearing messages feature to all its users. When you turn this feature on, it sets a time limit on your message after that the message will get disappeared from your WhatsApp chats automatically. The same feature is offered by Snapchat, Telegram, Wire, and many other chatting apps. While other apps let you apply a custom message disappearing time, WhatsApp has a limit of 7-days only. This means all the messages from WhatsApp chats will get disappear after 7-days when you’ve switched the WhatsApp disappearing feature on.

To know more, read all the FAQs.

How to turn disappearing messages on:

  1. Open WhatsApp
  2. Choose a chat
  3. Tap Disappearing messages
  4. Tap Continue
  5. Then select on to turn on the feature.

How to turn disappearing messages off:

  1. Open WhatsApp
  2. Choose a chat
  3. Tap Disappearing messages
  4. Tap Continue
  5. Then select off to turn off the feature.

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Always Mute a Person

One of the most useful WhatsApp features we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. It is useful to prevent annoying message notifications from your WhatsApp friend without blocking him/her. Now, you can use this new WhatsApp feature to mute a person forever.

Earlier, WhatsApp had only three choices (time limits) to mute a person: 8 hours, one week, and one year. But, now WhatsApp user gets an extra option to mute a person forever along with three other options, i.e. Always mute a person.

Here’s how to mute a person on WhatsApp:

  1. Open WhatsApp (duh!)
  2. Select the person or group
  3. Tap on Mute icon
  4. Choose “Always

How to unmute a person on WhatsApp:

  1. Open WhatsApp
  2. Select the muted person or group
  3. Tap on Unmute icon

WhatsApp UPI Payment

WhatsApp finally started rolling out the UPI payment system in India which was under testing since the year 2018. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) officially announces that it has granted approval to WhatsApp to roll out UPI-powered payments in the country. In a few weeks or starting January 2021, WhatsApp will provide an update of UPI payment to all Indian users. Since there are more than 200 million people use WhatsApp on daily basis, the new WhatsApp UPI feature is expecting to become the most popular UPI service in india.

You’ll get this UPI option within a chat area by clicking on the media icon. Through WhatsApp UPI, you can send or receive money with your friends from the message conversation area. To register with WhatsApp UPI, open WhatsApp, click on three dots from the top right corner then, select Payments and add a payment method, and follow the given instructions.

Inbuilt Fingerprint Lock

This is another security feature you get in WhatsApp after the two-step verification feature. WhatsApp has added a new biometric security feature, which requires user fingerprint authentication to access the WhatsApp account. A user can easily configure his/her fingerprint in WhatsApp and enable a fingerprint lock.

Here’s How to enable fingerprint lock in WhatsApp:

  1. Open WhatsApp
  2. Tap 3-dot menu and go to Settings
  3. Select Account
  4. Then tap Privacy
  5. And scroll down and tap Fingerprint Lock
  6. Turn on unlock with fingerprint
  7. Touch your finger on the fingerprint sensor and configure it

How to disable fingerprint lock in WhatsApp:

  1. Open WhatsApp
  2. Tap 3-dot menu and go to Settings
  3. Select Account
  4. Then tap Privacy
  5. Turn off Unlock with fingerprint

Note: The fingerprint option available to only Android 6.0 or above versions which supports Google fingerprint API.

Conclusion

We’ll keep you notified if WhatsApp posts a new update. For now, enjoy these 5 new WhatsApp features in 2021. If you’d like more related articles keep subscribe to us and follow us on social media platform for such a strong connection and quick updates.

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