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WhatsApp is testing a helpful new feature on iOS that displays profile pictures in system notifications when users receive new messages from chats and groups.

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First spotted by app specialist WABetaInfo, the first new feature for the platform in 2022 uses APIs in iOS 15 to add the WhatsApp profile images to notifications in top-screen banners and in the Notification Center when users receive a message.

WhatsApp on Android has been able to display the profile pictures in system notifications for some time, so this change brings parity to the app across both platforms.

If you don't see the profile pictures in your notifications yet, that's because WhatsApp is first making the change for beta testers so they can report bugs, before the feature is rolled out to millions of users on iOS devices worldwide.

The last update to WhatsApp came in December, and was a privacy change to prevent people on the messaging platform from viewing the "Last Seen" status of users whom they have never chatted with.

Article Link: WhatsApp Starts Rolling Out Profile Pictures in iOS Message Notifications
 

k27

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Talking about privacy on one side and advertising WhatsApp on the other?

WhatsApp = FaceBook = Meta = a well known data leech.

The phone numbers tell Facebook who knows whom.
 

martin2345uk

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I welcome this, I find the UI of WhatsApp to be very drab so any little change that adds of a bit of colour is nice.
 

ian87w

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When will Whatsapp allow exporting my chat from any platform to a different platform? The underpinnings are there already, just need to be turned on. Why is it taking this long?
 
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TwoBytes

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When will Whatsapp allow exporting my chat from any platform to a different platform? The underpinnings are there already, just need to be turned on. Why is it taking this long?
You can export your messages into a txt file but not a different platform.
 

iDento

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I wish I could get away from WhatsApp, but so many people use it. I have got some Android family members on Viber. What's the best alternative?
My relatives and friends all use WhatsApp, even people with iPhones.

Apple should either make an iMessage app for Android and Windows, or they can just make an app that aggregates all texting apps into it, like how Files app works with OneDrive and Dropbox.
 

hagar

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It's a nice little update for those who use WhatsApp (the entirety of EU/UK says hi)
Half the globe says hi.

Unfortunately. Apple had the chance to make iMessage the default messaging tool back in the day, but they blew it by not opening it up.
 
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goobot

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My relatives and friends all use WhatsApp, even people with iPhones.

Apple should either make an iMessage app for Android and Windows, or they can just make an app that aggregates all texting apps into it, like how Files app works with OneDrive and Dropbox.
Surprised Apple hasn’t done something that lets messages from other apps all aggregate into the messages app
 
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iHorseHead

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My relatives and friends all use WhatsApp, even people with iPhones.

Apple should either make an iMessage app for Android and Windows, or they can just make an app that aggregates all texting apps into it, like how Files app works with OneDrive and Dropbox.
That's what I've been saying ever since I've been a member of this forum. I haven't met a single person, even with iPhones that uses iMessage.
Everybody uses WhatsApp and refuse to change.
 

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That's what I've been saying ever since I've been a member of this forum. I haven't met a single person, even with iPhones that uses iMessage.
Everybody uses WhatsApp and refuse to change.
To be fair I dont think it is refusing to change I just think that the WhatsApp boulder is so large now it has gone past critical mass.

TO get that critical boulder slowed or re-directed now is going to need something pretty special and transformational
 

nia820

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Half the globe says hi.

Unfortunately. Apple has the chance to make iMessage the default messaging tool back in the day, but they blew it by not opening it up.
Yeah it's too late for Apple now. On top of that imessage is lacking in features and functionality. Messaging apps like whatsapp and telegram are ahead.

Whenever I use imessage I feel it's so bland.
 
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