WhatsApp Adds Mark As Unread & Other Updates For Android

WhatsApp Adds Mark As Unread & Other Updates For Android:

Many new features add on WhatsApp to its Android app including the recently tipped ‘mark as unread’ feature, besides custom notifications, among others. The most widely used instant messaging service has been on an update releasing spree and has outed successive WhatsApp for Android updates bumping the version v2.12.189 to v2.12.194.

For WhatsApp, Android update brings custom notifications settings for individual contacts or groups. The new setting can be found in a contact’s or group’s detail page just below the media box. The notification setting box includes options to mute chat as well as a new custom notification option. The feature lets users select custom options for tones, vibration length, popup notification, and others.

Also See: WhatsApp Free Voice Calling Now Available In Windows Phone.


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The update also brings much-anticipated mark as an unread feature that allows users to mark a chat as unread by just tapping and holding any conversation. Notably, the mark as the unread feature doesn’t switch the status for the sender and only makes changes at the receiver’s end. The feature can be useful in the case where a user wants to come back to a chat at a later time.


WhatsApp for Android update also adds low data usage option for voice calls, which can be useful at locations where there is limited connectivity. Another change spotted hints that WhatsApp is once again bringing the Google Drive backup and restore option back, which was introduced back in April but removed shortly after.

It’s worth noting that the most recent version of WhatsApp for Android is yet to reach Google Play (which still features v2.12.176 in India) and thus, users will have to wait a bit for these features. The WhatsApp for Android update was first reported by Android Police. Those who can’t wait can head to WhatsApp’s page to get the latest update.

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