Upcoming outstanding features to look forward to in WhatsApp in 2023

Jan 19, 2023

WhatsApp continues to impress its users as they release frequent updates containing subtle improvements and new features, such as being able to undo the ‘Delete for Me’ option. While many of these new features aren’t broadcast publicly before release, they can be spotted on the WhatsApp beta version, where they’re tested out. This year, WhatsApp is kicking off with a bang with five new features that are sure to make using the messaging app even more convenient.

New Whatsapp Features to Kick Of 2023 on the Right Foot

The first new feature that users on the beta program have noticed is a copy text from an image feature. This new feature will first be released to iPhone users, as the latest models (iOS 16 or later) already include a similar feature. This feature will allow users to copy text from images and photos. 

Another useful feature coming to the messaging platform is the ability to add a caption when forwarding a message. At the moment when you forward a message, you can’t add a caption to provide some context. Instead, you have to navigate back to the conversation where you forwarded the message and then type a message. This can sometimes cause confusion, so adding a feature where you can add a caption is great. This feature will also enable the user to remove the original caption if it’s no longer needed. This feature is still in development and should be released publicly soon.

Another extremely beneficial feature that will be coming to WhatsApp users soon is a much better way to backup files and move your chat history between Android devices. Currently, Android users back up their chat history to Google Drive. However, this is not the most secure way as Google Drive does not have end-to-end encryption. The developers at WhatsApp are working on a feature to move your chats between devices without Google Drive. All we know at the moment is that you’ll have to accept certain permissions to use this feature, and you’ll probably need to scan a QR code with both your old and new device to transfer the chat history privately.

Although ‘Status’ isn’t a feature that's frequently used on the platform, it is one of the main tabs. When last did you post a status on WhatsApp? Statuses can be GIFs, text, photos, or videos. Anyway, the new feature affecting statuses that are being tested is a voice note status. As you probably guessed, it’ll enable users to add a voice note as a status.

Finally, the fifth and last new feature to kick off 2023 is a proxy connection. This will enable the user to connect a proxy to their WhatsApp so that they can continue using the app in countries where it might be banned, like Iran. The proxy also adds an additional layer of security and privacy to the app and your communications. This feature is already rolling out in the latest version of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is one of the top messaging platforms and is used by approximately two billion people worldwide. These consistent updates with new features keep the app new, fresh, and evolving with the latest needs of its users.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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