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iPhone users get two major features on WhatsApp that Android users don’t have

With the latest update, iOS users will be able to see larger media previews and get more control over the disappearing messages to feature in groups.

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  • WhatsApp has rolled out two major features for iPhone users.
  • iOS users will be able to see larger media previews and get more control over the disappearing messages feature in groups.
  • Android users might get the features soon but as of now, there is no update on the same.

WhatsApp has rolled out two major features for iPhone users. With the latest update, iOS users will be able to see larger media previews and get more control over the disappearing messages feature in groups. A few days ago, the features had appeared in the beta version of the messaging app, but now WhatsApp has officially released them for the iOS users. Android users might get the features soon but as of now, there is no update on the same.

With the 2.21.71 update, WhatsApp has made it simpler for iOS users to view larger media. Meaning, you will no longer have to view the complete picture or a video by clicking on them. The image or video that your receive or share on the messaging app will not appear inside a small square box, you can view the media in its original size. This feature is only exclusive to iOS users for now.

Another feature that has been rolled out to iOS users is the ability to allow the settings of disappearing messages in a group. Previously, only the group admin had the power of changing the settings of disappearing messages, whether to turn it off or not but now every member of the group can change the disappearing messages settings. However, there is a catch.

The control still lies with the group admin whether he wants the participants to change the settings in the group. The group admin can change the settings to allow only the admins to change the disappearing messages settings. The admins can make the settings by changing the “Edit Group Info”. So until the group admin allows you to make changes to the settings of the group, you cannot do so. WhatsApp has provided both the options to the users, but the group admin is still the decision-maker.

WhatsApp had launched the disappearing messages feature last year. For the unversed, the messages remain in the chatbox for a specific period of time and will disappear after seven days. However, you need to first turn the settings on to use the feature.

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