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WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that will make the messaging app look like Instagram. Meta’s messaging platform may soon allow users to view other people’s status updates from their chat list. This feature will be similar to how Instagram users can view other people’s stories directly from the post list.
The screenshots made by WABetaInfo show how status updates posted by one user can be seen by others directly from the chat list when searching for chats and messages. When this function is run, if the user clicks on a chat cell, a dialog will open. But if you click on the profile photo (with green “status rings”), this will show you the status and its subsequent updates.
This feature will also prevent users from having to go to the Status tab to see people’s updates. WhatsApp status updates work the same way as Instagram stories, and the former isn’t as popular as users essentially need to navigate to another tab to access them. Instagram allows users to view other people’s stories directly from their timeline. The new feature, if and when it arrives, could force users to view status updates more often.
The screenshot shared by WABetaInfo is from a future build of WhatsApp Desktop. However, when WhatsApp makes it official, it will be available for both iOS and Android. It is not known when WhatsApp will be able to do this, and since it is currently only being worked on, if at all.
Recently, WhatsApp has been rolling out many new features for users, including the ability to mute certain users during voice and video calls, support for hiding the profile picture, status and last seen time of certain contacts, and so on.
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