WhatsApp was discovered while testing a feature to manage chat backup size and a community feature for group chats

WhatsApp was discovered while testing a feature to manage chat backup size and a community feature for group chats

Tech Highlights:

  • In a report, WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo has said that the instant messaging app is working on the dedicated ‘Manage backup size’ section to let users manage their backup size before uploading it to the cloud.

  • According to a rumour, WhatsApp is working on a new area that would allow users to adjust their conversation backup size and exclude certain items such as documents and photographs from their cloud backup. The modification could be limited to Android devices at first, and it could work with Google Drive backups. Separately, WhatsApp has been seen working on a feature dubbed Community, which could improve group communication experiences. The Community functionality, as well as the new backup size management, have yet to be released for beta testing.

WhatsApp for Android beta 2.21.21.7 appears to have some references about the update. A screenshot has also been shared by WABetaInfo to suggest how the new section would allow users to manage their backup size by excluding photos, audio, or documents from their backups. However, beta testers are yet to see the changes at their end as the change is said to be under development at this moment.

At present, WhatsApp doesn’t provide any backup size-related details to users from its app. Users, though, have the option in place to exclude videos from their cloud backups.

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WhatsApp Spotted Beta Testing End-to-End Encrypted Cloud Backups. Although WhatsApp has not yet provided any official details about allowing users to manage their backup size, the change is believed to be in place to help limit backup packages before uploading them to the cloud. It could be due to a change supposedly coming to Google Drive storage for WhatsApp backups.

Google Drive currently provides unlimited storage for WhatsApp backups, though it stopped giving unlimited space for photos earlier this year. A similar move could come into place for WhatsApp backups as well in the future.

WhatsApp is also implementing end-to-end encryption on cloud backups. Last week, it started beta testing the security-focussed update on both Android and iOS devices.

WhatsApp Spotted Making Profile Photos Hidden From Specific Contacts. Alongside the new backup section, WhatsApp has been spotted working on a Community feature. XDA Developers found some new code strings referring to the feature in WhatsApp for Android beta version 2.21.21.6. The strings suggest that the Community feature works similar to the existing Groups offering on the app. One of the strings found within the beta app suggests that Community and Groups may coexist on the messaging app. How to Permanently Hide Chats in WhatsApp WABetaInfo says the Community feature would provide users a way to organise their WhatsApp groups better. It may, however, not work have feature standalone space for group conversations — unlike groups on WhatsApp and other community-driven features available on Facebook and Twitter.

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