Your WhatsApp Search may change soon


Your WhatsApp Search may change soon, here’s how

NEW DELHI: If you find yourself struggling on WhatsApp to search any kind of attachments — photos, links, documents, videos and more — then you will love the new feature that WhatsApp is working on. Facebook-owned instant messaging app is testing a new ‘Advanced Search’ feature that will allow users to search different types of messages.

According to a new report by WABetaInfo, the website that tracks changes and upcoming features on WhatsApp, the ‘Advanced Search’ feature will appear in the Chats tab itself. Tapping on the search bar will now open several media options such as Photos, GIFs, Links, Videos, Documents and Audio. Below that, there will be ‘Recently Searched’ list, which can also be cleared as well.

As per the screenshots shared by WABetaInfo, on tapping Photos, GIFs and Documents, WhatsApp will show all the chats — Group and individual — that contain the aforementioned media files. In the chat windows, you will also see a preview of the media as well. Tapping on Links, WhatsApp will show all shared links in the chat and groups. As for audio, tapping on Audio will show all the voice messages but there will be no preview option.

Even though the screenshots shared are from an iPhone, the report pointed out that it won’t be an iOS exclusive feature and will be available for Android as well. One recently rolled out feature, which remains iOS exclusive at this point, is an in-built app lock. WhatsApp allows iPhone and iPad users to add FaceID or TouchID to open the app. There are four options of how frequently you want the app to ask for authentication — immediately, after 1 minute, after 15 minutes, after 1 hour. This biometric authentication is currently available for the iOS WhatsApp version 2.19.20 and above. There is no word yet as to when this feature would be rolled out for Android users/