Back in December, Facebook started testing colorful status updates, which were then released to everyone in March. Now, the same feature has made its way to WhatsApp as well.
From now on, you can create and post status updates with the font and background color of your choice. Additionally, you can also add links to the mix if you want. These colorful status updates have been quite popular on Facebook so far, as they stand out and look a lot nicer than those that only contain text. It’s a simple feature to use that makes sure your post will grab a bit more attention.
As before, you can still control who can see your status updates by heading into the privacy settings. You can also check out who viewed them with the help of the small eye icon as well as reply to updates.
The WhatsApp update is rolling out now, so if you don’t have the latest version already, you should see it pop up on your device in the coming days. Let us know what you think of WhatsApp’s latest moves in the comments.
Previous WhatsApp updates
WhatsApp update: Share any file type
July 13: WhatsApp now allows users to share any file type, which means you’re no longer limited to things like photos, videos, PDFs, and Word documents: as long as the file is under 100 MB in size, you can share anything.
WhatsApp update: Pinned chats feature
May 19: This feature allows you to pin up to three chats to the top of the conversation list. To do so, all you have to do is tap and hold on a chat, select the new pin icon that appears in the action bar, and you’re good to go. Once pinned, the chat will remain at the top at all times, so you won’t have any trouble finding it once you open the app. Of course, you can always unpin a chat whenever you want to and pin a different one.
WhatsApp update: Support for Google Gboard GIFs
March 17: This update added the option of sending GIFs with Google’s Gboard keyboard. Previously, GIFs were supported but only through WhatsApp’s own GIF interface. Gboard’s GIF panel was grayed out and, therefore, unusable within the app. This has now changed, which is great news for the millions of Gboard users around the world.
WhatsApp update: WhatsApp status updates
February 20: In a bid to further compete with Snapchat, WhatsApp has launched a new feature called Status. Like Snapchat Stories, the new status feature lets users share photos and videos with friends which will disappear after a short period of time. WhatsApp dropped its longstanding text-based status updates when it introduced the new format but, following user feedback, the company later reintroduced the static statuses too. Users can now use both features independently.
WhatsApp update: Two-step verification
February 10: WhatsApp users can now enable two-step verification on their accounts for tighter security. It’s not setup automatically, nor does the app prompt you to do so, instead you’ll have to go to Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable. Then, add a six-digit PIN and backup email address and confirm. The next time you try to set up a device with your telephone number, you’ll be prompted for your PIN code.