WhatsApp has reportedly been testing a some new features for its desktop app, including a global voice message player that lets users continuing playing voice notes even when they have switched to another chat. The feature was first spotted on WhatsApp beta for iOS last month.
The instant messaging service’s disappearing messages have also been spotted with a new functionality that mentions when disappearing messages are turned on, during which time users will not be able to save media to their phones. WhatsApp has also redesigned its add a caption menu while sharing media files.
According to a report by WABetaInfo, a service that tracks new features on the encrypted messenger, said that WhatsApp was testing a global voice message player that lets users keep listening to a voice note even if they switch to another chat. The messaging app also shows a media bar at the bottom of the chat list through which users can control playback of the voice note. Furthermore, the media bar also shows a progress bar indicating the duration of the voice note left.
The global voice message player is available with WhatsApp beta for desktop 2.2204.5 but is said to be available for some users on version 2.2204.1 of the instant messaging app as well. The feature was spotted last month on WhatsApp beta for iOS 22.1.72 for some users as well.
Meanwhile, WABetaInfo as also mentioned that WhatsApp for Android beta 126.96.36.199, the company has released a feature that prevents media from being displayed in a phone’s gallery if the user has turned on disappearing messages. According to the report, the feature will prevent users from turning on Media Visibility due to privacy reasons. However, the users may still be able to take screenshots in chats that have disappearing messages turned on, unless WhatsApp prevents that from happening as well.
WhatsApp is also introducing a redesigned caption menu while sending media and users will now be able to add recipients while sending a media along with uploading it as a status. However, this functionality was first spotted last year but never released on a global scale. The new redesigned caption menu is currently under development and may take a while before it is rolled out to everyone.