Emoji shortcuts and new media files feature coming to WhatsApp Beta

by Alexandru Poloboc
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  • Were you waiting on new features to be added to the desktop version of WhatsApp?
  • We're pleased to announce to you that WhatsApp Beta has received a couple of them.
  • The first one will make it easier to find the appropriate emoji, by searching through.
  • With the help of the second functionality, you can preview all received documents.
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Everybody already knows about WhatsApp’s most recent announcement, about introducing a dark mode theme to its beta app on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

However, besides dark mode, the company is also working on a couple of new features, including new emoji shortcuts for its UWP client and a new way to view media files for the Android app.

Let’s get right into it and see what new goodies WhatsApp users are going to get for their Windows-based version of the application.

New features coming to the WhatsApp application

The WhatsApp UWP app on Windows, which is in the beta stage right now, has received an update, and with it comes a nifty new feature that makes it easier for you to search for emoji.

Thus, WhatsApp UWP 2.2206.1.0 now lets you type certain keywords with a colon prefixed to them to search for emojis in the app.

The feature has been available on WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop for a long time, and now with the latest update installed, those who’re using the UWP client will also be able to use emoji shortcuts.

So, from now on, when you type keywords prefixed with a colon, WhatsApp will show up all emojis related to the keyword you searched for.

If you are also curious and want to take advantage of these latest features, you will also be able to use them, after updating to the latest beta build from the Microsoft Store,

Another feature added in this latest build is the ability to preview a photo and video when they’re sent as a document.

And, since WhatsApp doesn’t send photos and videos in their original qualities, users often send them as documents so that the recipient gets these media files in their original resolutions.

Until now, however, the recipient couldn’t see a preview of a photo that has been sent as a document. But this is all about to change for the good, according to Wabetainfo.

Keep in mind that the feature is now available for select Android users running WhatsApp beta 2.22.5.11.

These new functions are currently in the beta testing phase, so if you’re running the stable WhatsApp on your phone or PC, you won’t see these changes at this moment.

Excited about the changes coming to your favorite communications software? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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