Facebook-owned WhatsApp has started testing a new feature that permits its users to share their WhatsApp status with the other apps. The new feature has been rolled out for all the users of WhatsApp beta programme.
WhatsApp users will soon notice a new sharing option under their status, that will allow them to post and share it on their Facebook account and on some other apps too. WhatsApp status is a feature that allows the user to share their pictures and videos on their profile that disappear after 24 hours. It is a lot like Instagram Stories.
The new feature permits users to share their status directly on their Facebook Story. They will also be able to share it via Instagram Stories, Gmail and Google Photos.
According to a report by The Verge, Facebook will ensure the privacy of the user by not directly linking their two profiles. The company has assured that if the user shares their WhatsApp Status on other company-owned services like Instagram or Facebook’s app, both the posts will be categorised as separate and will not be linked.
The report says, “To be clear, WhatsApp’s new status sharing feature doesn’t do any of the data sharing that’s gotten Facebook into trouble in the past. But as Facebook moves toward allowing users from all three of its major services to message each other across a single technical backend, even seemingly innocuous features like this can risk intense scrutiny.”
Currently, this new feature has been rolled out for WhatsApp beta version 2.19.151 for Android. It is expected to come soon to iOS too.
Recently, WhatsApp also released another update for its beta version on Android. The new feature being called as Hide Muted status update. As the name suggests, it enables the users to hide all the status updates that have already been muted in the user’s contacts. With this new feature, the user can erase all the muted status updates from the Status section. The feature was spotted in WhatsApp’s latest beta version 2.19.183. For using it, one needs to be a part of the Google Play’s Beta Programme for WhatsApp and should have installed the latest version 2.19.183 update on their Android device.
If you are not a part of WhatsApp’s beta programme, then you can follow our step-by-step guide to become one. However, we should mention that while beta updates get you new features before anyone else, they also sometimes get bugs. To become a part of the programme only if you are ready for that.
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