If you use WhatsApp a lot and communicate intensively in group chats, you will soon have a problem. Sharing in group chats is limited for users of both Android smartphones and iPhones.
WhatsApp limits forwarding to group chats
There are many freedoms in WhatsApp. This ensures that people take advantage of them. That’s why the company is reacting and restricting the forwarding of messages in group chats properly. So far, you can share to multiple group chats at the same time. This option will soon be gone. The limit has already been introduced in the beta versions of WhatsApp for Android and iOS. If you try to share something to several groups at the same time, it will no longer work. Forwarding is restricted to one group ( source: WABetaInfo ).
The limit initially affects WhatsApp users of the latest beta versions. They can already no longer share that much. This restriction will certainly be changed to the final versions in the near future. The aim is to prevent fake news from spreading so quickly. If you now want to share false information via WhatsApp, you have to put in a lot more effort. This applies primarily to messages that have already been forwarded once. Especially then the risk is very high that the message that has already been forwarded was not even read by the forwarder and was simply forwarded.
WhatsApp drills voice messages properly
While WhatsApp restricts one function, there are six new functions for voice messages . This eliminates many disadvantages when sending voice messages. You will soon be able to listen to voice messages while leaving the chat with the person or group. You can also pause the recording of voice messages. This means there are no unnecessary pauses that annoy the recipient.
WhatsApp voice messages, sometimes referred to as “voices”, have become quite popular in recent years. For example, recording an audio message is easier and faster than typing it out. Especially if the message is a bit longer in nature. Functionally, however, the voice messages are still somewhat limited. That will change, according to the developers. In a blog post they explain what changes await.
Pause recordings The biggest innovation is that you can now pause recordings. This way you don’t have to start your voice message all over again if something interrupts your recording. You can now also listen back to your voice message before sending it – which does not seem a superfluous luxury.
You also have more options as a recipient. It has already been made possible to play voice messages faster. Now you can also have this playback happen in the background, so you can switch to another conversation or app during playback. When you pause a voice message, WhatsApp also remembers where you left off, so you don’t have to search where you left off in the conversation. And if you still have to search in a voice message, you will see that it is visually designed with sound waves. That should make searching easier
It is not yet known when the new voice messaging features will be available. WhatsApp expects these to be rolled out in the ‘coming weeks’.
So far, the space that WhatsApp backups take up on Google Drive does not count towards the storage quota. Now there are increasing signs that something is about to change here. The consequence: only very few should be able to manage without additional storage that is subject to a fee
Google and the promise of “unlimited free storage”
Google has a rather inglorious history of touting “unlimited free storage” but then later not wanting to keep that promise. Most recently, among other things, the unlimited storage for photos had been abolished. For many, this means that after the 15 GB that every Google Drive account can use free of charge, additional storage has to be purchased. A similar trend is now emerging with WhatsApp backups.
As Android Police reports, there have been indications of an adjustment through updates from WhatsApp for months. First of all, new options were discovered in the code that makes it possible to specify much more precisely which content from chats should be transferred to the backup on Google Drive – so far only videos can be excluded here. Even then, there was a suspicion that the new options would be introduced in preparation for Google’s phasing out of free storage. Exactly that seems to be true.
Future with less free memory
As the experts from WaBetaInfo recently announced, the current test version of WhatsApp contains a few lines of code that probably mean bad news for all users who need a lot of backups. The app has the option of indicating when the Drive storage is almost or completely full – a function that would of course not be necessary with unlimited storage space for backups.
There are currently indications that the free storage limit of the WhatsApp storage could be in the range of 2 GB, but the lines of code do not allow a final interpretation here. However, one thing is certain: backups of the entire content of the messenger can quickly reach a multiple of this size for most users – with an editorial device, the backup size with media was almost 8 GB.
WhatsApp does not want to restrict itself on the individual platforms. For this reason, a function was activated some time ago that allows iPhone users to move their data to Samsung smartphones. Much more should soon be possible – namely if Android users want to switch to the iPhone.
WhatsApp: Change from Android phone to iPhone is coming
You can already switch from an Android smartphone to an iPhone via WhatsApp and take your data with you. That will change soon. After WhatsApp made it possible some time ago to switch from an iPhone to a Samsung smartphone , and soon all Android 12 cell phones will follow, the reverse path should also be possible (source: WABetaInfo ).
This function has appeared in a new beta version of WhatsApp for Android – but is not yet active. You will soon be able to switch from any Android smartphone to the iPhone and simply take your chats and other data with you. So far, as I said, this has not been possible with official means and was probably not wanted at all in recent years. Otherwise such a system would have been integrated long ago.
This will soon make it even easier to switch from an Android smartphone to an iPhone. Often one does not want to take the arduous path because one always has to leave something behind. If WhatsApp unlocks the feature in the future, even more people could switch to the iPhone . Apple should be happy.
How exactly WhatsApp plans to implement the new function is not known. The current solution when switching from iPhone to Samsung phone is to use a cable. So it doesn’t just work via the cloud and your own phone number. It will be interesting to see if there might be a better solution.