WhatsApp last week released new features onto its platform. The list includes a new animated sticker pack, new wallpapers and Sticker Search among others. Today, the Facebook-owned messaging app quietly released a new feature that would enable WhatsApp to notify its users about various updates more easily.
WhatsApp has released a new feature called In-App Notifications. This feature is available in the Notifications section of the Settings menu. Once you get to the Notifications section, you will find the ‘In-App Notifications’ section. Tap on it and you see the settings that will enable you to customise how you will see in-app notifications by the company in the app.
First, you select the Alert Style, wherein users get three options that include None, Banners and Alerts. WhatsApp says that ‘Alerts require an action before proceeding. Banners appear at the top of the screen and go away automatically.’
Apart from the alert style, you also get two toggle buttons to turn the Sound and Vibration on or off. There is a Sound button that you can use to turn the sound on or off. The other button called Vibrate enables users to turn the vibration on or off.
In case you are wondering what this feature does, the answer is quite simple. This new feature enables WhatsApp to inform its users about various updates such as features and Terms of Service by sending a simple notification on its platform. It also ensures that even as it communicates with its users directly from its platform malicious actors don’t con users by sending a message from a number that looks like that it is coming directly from WhatsApp but it isn’t. WABetaInfo reported about such a feature being in the works last week and now it is already available in the app.
That said, as of now, this feature is available on WhatsApp’s iOS platform only but it should arrive in Android soon.