Photo; Reuters
Photo; Reuters

WhatsApp beta for iPhone disables saving profile photos of other users

  • Previously, WhatsApp profile pictures could be saved simply by opening a profile of a person, tapping on the image and selecting the "save to device" button
  • These features were rolled out on the new beta app version 2.19.60.26 for iPhone via the TestFlight program

Instant messaging platform WhatsApp has brought a few changes to its beta version for iPhones. The messenger now no longer allows you to save others' WhatsApp profile pictures—a change it also brought in the Android beta version.

Previously, WhatsApp profile pictures could be saved simply by opening a profile of a person, tapping on the image and selecting the "save to device" button. This move seems to be inspired by the growing need to protect user privacy.

Other that this, the update has also introduced album improvements and tweaks in the audio export format. WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo spotted that the app now shows the total size of the album and the number of items that are there in it.

WhatsApp traditionally uses the voice message format called Opus, that is not used by many other apps. In this beta update, WhatsApp introduced a fix that exports Opus files in m4a (or AAC codec).

These features were rolled out on the new beta app version 2.19.60.26 for iPhone via the TestFlight program.

WhatsApp, in its previous Android beta update, introduced "Consecutive voice messages"— a feature that allows automatic queuing of voice messages. It also introduced "Forwarding info" that lets the user know how many times a message has been forwarded and "Audio info" that shows the name of the audio messages that you forward or upload natively. These features are available in WhatsApp Beta for Android version 2.19.154.

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