New WhatsApp update lets you mute annoying people forever
WHATSAPP is adding a new option that lets you silence annoying chats forever.
The ‘Always Mute’ feature has been spotted in a test version of the app – and could arrive on your phone any day now.
The new feature lets you have someone ‘always’ muted[/caption]
Currently, the maximum you can mute someone for is a year.
But you’ll no longer have to worry about your mutes resetting with the new set of mutes.
The new options are muting for 8 hours, one week or “always”.
But missing is the old “one year” option – which has seemingly been replaced.
It’s available on both iPhone and Android versions of the WhatsApp beta[/caption]
The feature was spotted by WhatsApp sleuths at WABetaInfo, who regularly reveal upcoming changes to the app.
Importantly, the feature appears to be available on both iPhone and Android, which is good news for everyone – except those being muted.
There were always questions over whether a one-year mute was useful.
It seemed likely that wanting to mute someone for a year was effectively the same as wanting to mute them for good.
And users were likely surprised when a chat muted for a year suddenly unmuted after so long.
WhatsApp – a quick history
Here’s what you need to know…
- WhatsApp was created in 2009 by computer programmers Brian Acton and Jan Koum – former employees of Yahoo
- It’s one of the most popular messaging services in the world
- Koum came up with the name WhatsApp because it sounded like “what’s up”
- After a number of tweaks the app was released with a messaging component in June 2009, with 250,000 active users
- It was originally free but switched to a paid service to avoid growing too fast. Then in 2016, it became free again for all users
- Facebook bought WhatsApp Inc in February 2014 for $19.3billion (£14.64bn)
- The app is particularly popular because all messages are encrypted during transit, shutting out snoopers
- As of 2020, WhatsApp has over 2billion users globally
The feature has already appeared on the beta test, so any beta users can access it right now.
“If it does not appear, please be patient and you will receive this option within a few days,” said WABetaInfo.
It’s entirely possible that that this feature might never make it to the live version of WhatsApp.
However, it seems likely given that the feature appears fully fleshed-out in the beta.
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