WhatsApp new features: Link privacy, picture-in-picture in testing phase

Link privacy feature aims to simplify chats, control data leaks, and makes them more organised and user-friendly
An representational image displaying WhatsApp logo. — Unsplash/file
An representational image displaying WhatsApp logo. — Unsplash/file

In a recent development, WhatsApp has quietly begun rolling out some innovative privacy and video features, enhancing user experience and security of the platform. 

Although these features have not yet been officially announced, they have been discovered on beta versions of the app, giving us a sneak peek into what's coming next. 

Link privacy on WhatsApp

According to Gadgets360, WhatsApp is introducing a new link privacy feature for its users. This feature empowers users to disable link previews when sharing URLs in chats, meaning that thumbnail previews and other related article data will no longer be displayed next to the shared link. This move ensures that no other information about your link is visible to others. 

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Moreover, this feature aims to simplify chats, making them more organised and user-friendly. Better notably, it also controls data leaks. 

Beta testers can access this feature in WhatsApp settings, selecting 'Privacy', then 'Advanced settings', and finally choosing the 'Disable preview link' option. 

Picture-in-picture on WhatsApp for iOS

The instant messaging app is also reportedly working on a new video viewing feature. As per Gadgets360, this feature will enable users to watch videos shared among contacts in a picture-in-picture (PiP) mode within the app. 

This feature builds on an existing feature of the app which allows you to watch in PiP YouTube and Instagram videos videos shared on WhatsApp. 

You can multitask within the app, engaging in other chats or groups while the video continues to play. However, it's worth noting that this feature is still in the development phase and is not yet available to beta testers, let alone the general public. 

WhatsApp improving user privacy and experience is evident in these upcoming features. While the link privacy feature offers users greater control over the information they share, the video viewing feature promises to revolutionise the way we interact with videos within the app.