allowing users to star important messages so they can easily find them
Amid a wide range of messaging apps currently available, WhatsApp enjoys great popularity and appeals to numerous
users on various platforms. Boasting more than one billion users
worldwide, WhatsApp continues to add new functionality and test new
features to improve the overall experience.
Heavy users who communicate extensively on WhatsApp
typically end up with a slew of messages stored on the app, and finding a
specific one may feel like finding a needle in a haystack. WhatsApp
does have a search function, but it may not be the most convenient way
to find a specific message, especially if you don’t really remember the
exact words used.
Starred messages can be a great alternative, allowing users to find
specific messages faster and more easily. With the option to star one or
multiple messages, users can basically bookmark the important
information so they can quickly find it later without having to look
through a slew of messages.
It seems like a small feature, but its usefulness makes it odd that
it hasn’t been an option so far. Even now, this feature rolls out only
in beta for Android users, which means that the main app for all users
has yet to receive the update with starred messages.
With the new beta, tapping and holding on any message will now
display a new star icon in the app’s toolbar, next to the delete and
copy icons. Tapping the star icon will display a star next to a
timestamp at the bottom of the message so you know it’s starred. If you
want to remove said message from the starred list, simply tap it and
hold it again, then select the crossed star icon that appears. Users will be able to access starred messages from the overflow menu of the app. Starred messages can include text, photos, videos and audio.
WhatsApp for iOS got the option to star messages last month, but it
now seems that the Android rollout is not far away. For now, Android
users who want to give it a shot can Download the New Whatsapp APK and
try out the beta, as the stable version is yet to hit the Play Store.
The beta works well and without hiccups, but it may still have a bug or