WhatsApp is developing a number of new features to improve the user experience

According to reports, Meta-owned WhatsApp is developing a number of new features to improve the messaging service’s user experience.

According to WABetaInfo, the feature that the firm is now working on includes: autoplay animated graphics; closed conversations on connected devices; status updates lasting up to one minute; explore new channels; and secret community group chats.

The “locked chats on linked devices” function, which allows users to secure their discussions from their linked devices, is now accessible to a select group of beta testers. Nevertheless, in order to access the protected conversations folder from their connected devices, users will need to generate a secret code.

Users will be able to share movies via status updates that are no longer than one minute thanks to a new feature called “status updates of up to one minute.” 30 seconds used to be the maximum length for videos shared on status updates. According to the source, the function is now accessible to a select group of beta testers and will be extended to a wider audience in the next weeks.

Additionally, WhatsApp unveiled a new shortcut to “explore new channels” in an effort to make it instantly apparent and usable. The paper claims that increasing the visibility of the option to explore channels has the benefit of enhancing user engagement with content discovery.

Some beta testers have access to the discover new channels functionality.

The messaging app is also developing a feature that will allow users to control “autoplay of animated images” directly from the app settings. This feature will specifically turn off all animations for stickers, avatars, and emoticons, giving users more flexibility over their chat experience.

According to the source, this function is currently being developed and will be made accessible in a later app update.

Finally, a feature that would enable users to label “community group chats as hidden” is being developed by WhatsApp. The app will get this functionality in a later release.

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