WhatsApp is probably one of your most-used apps. The chat app is very solid, but not perfect. These 10 WhatsApp features are still on our wish list.
There are few apps that have as much impact on our daily lives as WhatsApp. This was the case before the corona crisis, but the chat app has done well in recent months. Chatting, (video) calling and sharing photos: we do it all via WhatsApp. So we are actually very happy with the green chat app, although there are always points for improvement. These 10 WhatsApp features are on our wish list.
Making appointments with a large group is quite a challenge. You know it: as soon as you have decided where you are going to eat, someone suddenly drops out, a person joins in or someone reports that he/she is allergic and therefore cannot go to your restaurant of choice.
These kinds of announcements are annoying, especially when a lot of discussions have preceded them. It would be much nicer to have a brief opinion poll. In this way, the group manager can make a proposal, after which all chat participants express their preference.
Technically, this shouldn’t be that difficult. You can already create polls on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook just like WhatsApp. A poll feature is also included in Facebook Messenger. Now in WhatsApp.
WhatsApp on all your devices
WhatsApp currently only works on one device at a time. Of course, you can also app via WhatsApp Web from your Mac (Book), but for this, you still need your iPhone. It would, therefore, be nice if WhatsApp can handle multiple devices in the future. Other chat apps, such as Telegram, can already do this.
Are you being added to WhatsApp groups all the time unwillingly? That is very annoying. Of course, you can indicate per contact if he/she can add you to WhatsApp groups, but it would be easier if there was a general invitation option in the chat app.
As soon as someone adds you to a group conversation, you will be given the choice to accept or decline this invitation. That way you don’t have to participate directly in a group conversation, but you can first decide whether you want to participate at all.
Block Messages from Contacts
Speaking of groups, sometimes there is no escaping trolling. These are people who consciously and deliberately jester by, for example, posting stupid or provoking messages in the group. They then hope that others will respond to their messages.
Since it is sometimes not always socially responsible to remove such a person from the group – for example, within a group of friends – it would be useful to be able to block messages from a person within a group.
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That way, you no longer have to face that person’s messages without removing the person in question directly from the WhatsApp group. In addition, the blocked person will not see you ignoring her / his messages. However, miscommunication lurks in this sought-after position.
Collapse duplicate photos and videos
In the popular business chat app Slack, duplicate messages are automatically ‘folded’. So when the same link is placed twice in a group, you will only see a preview once. This keeps the chat organized.
WhatsApp can learn from this by, for example, automatically closing double-posted photos or videos at a second placement. In this way, conversations remain a lot more compact, especially when you are in a group conversation with dozens of people.
Who needs to concentrate for a moment can of course freeze her or his iPhone so that notifications are muted. However, since WhatsApp is probably one of your most used (and distracting) apps, it wouldn’t be out of place for the chat app to build in a specific mute button.
As soon as you turn it on, WhatsApp notifications are automatically muted. Of course, there are already tricks for this, such as smart notifications, but for some people, it would be useful to be able to put WhatsApp completely in some sort of airplane mode.
Marking for important messages
It is sometimes quite difficult to find out important information in WhatsApp conversations. For example, do you want to quickly check at which restaurant you had already agreed to? Then there is no other option than to use the search button (and then hope that you use the right keywords), or simply scroll back.
This could be easier. It is much nicer than you can mark messages so that they are clearly distinguishable from other apps. For example, other chat apps offer flags for this. That way you can see that a message is important. Of course, you have to trust that chat participants will not abuse this feature.
Filter in groups by contacts
The search feature within WhatsApp group conversations can also be improved. For example, it would be nice to be able to search for contributions from a specific person. This way you can quickly check someone’s opinion or check an important contribution, without endlessly scrolling back.
No need to ask for a photo again
Did you accidentally come across a nice photo that someone sent via WhatsApp, but did you change your phone in the meantime? Then there is often no other option than to ask them to send the picture again.
However, this hassle is unnecessary when WhatsApp would sync the media files between contacts. That way, you can just download pictures and videos that were sent three years ago from a server. That is nice because that way you are not dependent on the other person: he or she may no longer have the valuable/fun/funny video.
WhatsApp is much more than a chat app. In addition to chatting together, you probably also use the app for sending photos and videos. Currently, these media files are still lumped together and are only divided based on contacts and groups.
WhatsApp can tackle this more clearly by going one step further. Currently, all media files within group conversations are in one list, but it would be nice to be able to create albums. For example, in the ‘family app,’ you have a separate photo album per birthday, meeting, and wedding. You can already create photo albums on Facebook, so technically it should work in WhatsApp too.