WhatsApp rolled out a neat new beta for
Android, now allowing users to star
important messages so they can easily
find them later.
Amid a wide range of messaging apps
currently available, WhatsApp enjoys
great popularity and appeals to
numerous users on various platforms.
Boasting more than one billion users
worldwide, WhatsApp continues to add
new functionality and test new features
to improve the overall experience.
Heavy users who communicate
extensively on WhatsApp typically end
up with a slew of messages stored on the
app, and finding a specific one may feel
like finding a needle in a haystack.
WhatsApp does have a search function,
but it may not be the most convenient
way to find a specific message, especially
if you don't really remember the exact
Starred messages can be a great
alternative, allowing users to find
specific messages faster and more easily.
With the option to star one or multiple
messages, users can basically bookmark
the important information so they can
quickly find it later without having to
look through a slew of messages.
It seems like a small feature, but its
usefulness makes it odd that it hasn't
been an option so far. Even now, this
feature rolls out only in beta for Android
users, which means that the main app
for all users has yet to receive the update
with starred messages.
With the new beta, tapping and holding
on any message will now display a new
star icon in the app's toolbar, next to the
delete and copy icons. Tapping the star
icon will display a star next to a
timestamp at the bottom of the message
so you know it's starred. If you want to
remove said message from the starred
list, simply tap it and hold it again, then
select the crossed star icon that appears.
Users will be able to access starred
messages from the overflow menu of the
app. Starred messages can include text,
photos, videos and audio.
WhatsApp for iOS got the option to star
messages last month, but it now seems
that the Android rollout is not far away.
For now, Android users who want to
give it a shot can Download the New
Whatsapp APK and try out the beta, as
the stable version is yet to hit the Play
Store. The beta works well and without
hiccups, but it may still have a bug or two