Seven Whatsapp features to watch out for in 2021

Here's a roundup of all the features that Facebook-owned messaging platform is planning to roll out this year.

Seven Whatsapp features to watch out for in 2021
Whatsapp will soon be rolling out many features this year. (Photo Credit: BGR India)

It seems as if 2021 has been all about Whatsapp. It’s been in the news for some reason or the other all year. But today we are going to introduce you to several new features that have been launched by Whatsapp since last month and there are many more to follow. The company still has several features that are in the works while some are in beta testing form. These new Whatsapp features are expected to upgrade one’s messaging experience.

Here are some of the expected features that are likely to be rolled out in a few months.

1.Multi-device support
This feature is one of the most expected features from Whatsapp. It will allow users to login to their Whatsapp account on multiple devices. This feature has been spotted in beta testing. Currently, Whatsapp allows its users to log in to their account from two devices only. But with this new feature one will be able to log in to Whatsapp on four devices.

2.Whatsapp logout

This feature when rolled out is expected to replace the ‘Delete Account’ button. It will also support the multi-device feature. According to WaBetaInfo, which keeps a track of all the latest information from Whatsapp stated that this option will let its users logout from their device. This feature is similar to how social media apps function. This feature is in beta test mode and is expected to launch very soon.

3. Insta Reels on Whatsapp

Whatsapp will soon be getting Insta reels on their feed. For all those who don’t know, reels is a short video feature which is available on Instagram. It came after TikTok was banned in India last year. This feature will allow users to watch reels directly from Whatsapp without switching to the Insta app. It is said that this step could be a merger plan with other Facebook-owned apps.


4.Whatsapp audio message speed and disappearing images
Whatsapp is also working on this feature which will allow users to control the speed of the voice messages. According to WABetaInfo, users will be able to play their audio files at 1.5x or 2x speeds.

As for the other feature, the self-destructing messages, here all the messages will automatically get deleted within seven days. This feature is somewhat similar to Snapchat. On the other hand, the self-destructing photo feature is in progress and will soon roll out. This feature will be available for both Android and iOS versions. Keep in mind that this feature is totally optional. Users can opt-out of it whenever they wish to.


5.Read later
This feature is the upgraded version of the pre-existing feature, the Archive chats feature. The chats will be moved to read later where it then won’t send any notifications for that chat. The feature will also include a ‘vacation mode’, this feature will ensure that all the read later chats will work in the same manner archived chats feature works. In addition to this, it will also come with an edit button which will allow users to customise their settings. Users can also opt for multiple chats to put them under the archive section.


6.Whatsapp Insurance
Users will soon be able to buy insurance via this platform. The Facebook-owned platform will soon be rolling out policies like health insurance and micro-pension products on their platform in India. They will tie up with licensed financial services players. At first, Whatsapp was planning to sell SBI General sachet-health insurance cover and HDFC Pension schemes.


7. Join missed group calls
Another feature is in the works. This feature will allow users to join group calls where they have been invited to after that call was initiated. Although this is a small and basic feature, it is definitely noteworthy.