- WhatsApp prepares some key changes for 2021.
- The application, owned by Facebook, will launch its new terms of reference starting on February 8, 2021.
- The update will include changes in relation to how WhatsApp processes the data of its users.
WhatsApp, one of the most popular applications in the world, prepares some key changes for 2021 that will be announced within its platform.
The application, owned by Facebook, will launch its new terms of reference as of February 8, 2021, according to WaBetaInfo. Users will simply have to give “Accept” to the new conditions to continue using the service.
The update will include changes in relation to how WhatsApp processes the data of its users. “After this date, you need to accept the new terms to continue using WhatsApp or you can always delete your account,” reads the screenshot shared by WaBetaInfo.
WhatsApp changes also bring good news for business accounts (or businesses). A company spokesperson confirmed to Independent that adjustments are expected in the way the platform operates and in the interaction with users.
From that moment, business accounts will be able to use other Facebook services already available to handle WhatsApp chats.
WhatsApp changes will include new features in 2021
WaBetaInfo reported that the app launched some changes in relation to archived chats in the test phase, which will be renamed “Read later”.
According to the findings of the website, the function to mute the audio of a video before sending it and to adjust the opacity of the screen, as well as the availability of new wallpapers and the possibility of selecting different backgrounds for each chat is also expected. .
“To reflect this global community, we have selected new, diverse, and iconic images of nature and architecture from around the world, as well as striking new designs,” WhatsApp wrote in its ad Independent.
WhatsApp will also bring changes in relation to stickers. Users will have an option to search for stickers using keywords or by displaying a library.
According Independent, there will also be a sticker that will read “Together at home”, sponsored by the World Health Organization, to encourage people to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
WhatsApp will not work on some older operating systems
On the other hand, from January 11, 2021, some mobile devices will not be able to update or operate the application if they do not have an updated operating system.
In the case of iPhonesOnly those with iOS 9 or later will be able to continue chatting through WhatsApp. For Android, the cut will be from version 4.0.3, an operating system that is more than eight years old, so it is expected to affect fewer devices.
Finally, also devices with KaiOS with versions prior to 2.5.1 will not be able to use WhatsApp as of next year.
In addition to the “Read later” option, a “vacation mode” will be added between WhatsApp changes. This button will allow you to disable notifications, automatically sending them to the archives.
Both options are not necessarily something that everyone needs, but they could be very useful for those who need to prioritize the content that reaches their device, to reduce interruptions.
In this way, users will be able to take a break from the barrage of messages that usually arrive in the application, an option that will be especially appreciated by those who seek to disconnect from their work from time to time.
Even though WaBetaInfo You are not sure when WhatsApp is going to launch this new feature, considering that they are already implementing the banner of the presentation, it should not take that long.
Stay tuned for the new announcements!
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