WhatsApp Beta for Windows Phone includes new features

WhatsApp Beta for Windows Phone includes new features
Believe it or not, there is an update for the WhatsApp Beta for Windows Phone. The new version is 2.18.30. Among the new features is Live Location. This allows you to share your location with others for a set period of time. To use this feature, go to chat and tap on Location. You then set the amount of time that you want WhatsApp to allow others to know where you are. There are three settings to choose from, 15-minutes, 1-hour or 8-hours. You can also abruptly stop Live Location anytime you want by clicking on the "Stop" button. The new feature is accurate to 5 miles.

Another new feature found in the WhatsApp Beta for Windows Phone adds a search function in Group Info. With this new capability, users can find group members instantly. You can also delete group messages that you've sent, as long as it's done within 68 minutes and 16 seconds from the time the message was originally disseminated. Lastly, Download My Data creates a report of the data in your WhatsApp account. You can request to download the report, which takes 20-days. After you download the report (which must be within 30-days after it is ready), it will be removed from the WhatsApp server.

To add the WhatsApp Beta app to your Windows Phone device, click on the sourcelink. The app is free and weighs in at 28.75MB. And don't forget to view screenshots of these new features found in the slideshow below. Keep in mind that most of these new features are already available on the iOS and Android version of WhatsApp.

source: WhatsAppBeta via WABetaInfo



1. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I hope it was worth the time and money to create this version for 5-10 people in the world.

2. libra89

Posts: 2289; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's totally worth it. WhatsApp is an app that a good amount of people use everywhere, regardless of platform.

3. miketer

Posts: 527; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

There must be a healthy amount of users using Windows phone for a Co. to put their time and energy to update the software for this platform. They should've some analytical data pointing them to this direction. It would've wonderful if Windows took off. There would've been more players in the field, more choices for us, but sadly, that's not the case. When I see the present scenario of mobile platforms, I remember the movie 'Judge Dredd' - one big Commander who knows everything, who knows what's good for the city. We're reaching to that, slowly.

21. Loveneesh

Posts: 441; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

I still use my lumia 920 as a secondary phone.

14. rkoforever90

Posts: 459; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

i still uses one , a lumia 640 as my backup device. with removable battery and solid built quality i think im gonna keep it for a couple of years more

16. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

There are more than 5-10 people .... less than 0.1% still equals thousands .. not all people are lucky enough that they can get new devices every now and then, some also use them as backup devices ... that's mainly due to the lack of any resale value, so why sell it for no money when I can use till it breaks down? it is still a useable smartphone even without any support.. currently available apps, though not alot, allows you to do most of the needed work.

4. gamehead unregistered

Windows phone is still getting support?

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1575; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Yeah, Microsoft still officially supports it and not all developers have abandoned it. Hasn't been a new phone I know of in over a year, nearly 2 since the last flagship, so it's clearly a dying platform.

10. miketer

Posts: 527; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I'll elaborate a little more on what 'L0n3...' said. Every Windows phone with Windows 10 Mobile is supported till this very moment. There are regular security updates happening. If I'm not mistaken 'Meltdown & Spectre' security patches was sent OTA by Jan 4 this year.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You're not mistaken. Windows updates are done across the board regardless of phone model and they're not carrier dependent. Sad to see Microsoft throwing in the towel on such a wonderful OS. I don't blame them but it still blows.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, I've a Lumia! And I'm here to report that What'sApp has gotten painfully slow with the latest update so I hope they fix this optimization problem as well with this beta build. Anyhow, hundred of thousands of people are still using Windows Mobile platform on a regular basis. It's not exactly Blackberry 10 with 4-5 users. The Lumia 520 alone sold more than over 12 million units according to PhoneArena:https://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-Lumia-520-is-Microsofts-best-selling-smartphone-over-12-million-units-are-active_id58186 Reason? While Androids in thr same price bracket lagged and lagged and lagged. The Lumia 520, on the other hand, ran fluid like a champ! Sad to see this fine platform dying a slow death. Oh well...

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22198; Member since: May 28, 2014

As of May of last year, BlackBerry’s has a user base of 11 million, so I’m pretty sure your trolling comment of “4-5 users” is incorrect. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackBerry?wprov=sfti1 Nice try, though.

17. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

those 11 million user base are using blackberry's ANDROID not Blackberry's "BB10" , that's a major difference right there and that is what he refers to.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22198; Member since: May 28, 2014

NO, it’s not. You are incorrect. Users of BlackBerry Android smartphones would all fall under ANDROID. Do you count users of HTC Android powered smartphones separate from Android? No, you don’t. Same premise here. He’s just trolling, and if you bother to read down a little further instead of going at someone that posted an actual link to back up his statement, you’d see that he kind of admits it. He’s known for constantly trolling BlackBerry and its users.

8. hurrycanger

Posts: 1764; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Lumia 640 XL was slower launching many apps comparing to my old first gen moto G. And I had the 520. I would say WP has smooth scrolling on the home screen and settings and that's about it. The OS just does so little. Pricing was amazing thou, a few months after launch, of course. Those Lumias were launch at damn high price and Android in the same price range definitely performed better. But when the 640XL got dropped to $80 and 630 down to $30, it's true no Android in the same price range can beat them.

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Some people literally have no sense of humor... Sad! Perks of being a self proclaimed genius, eh? Oh well, G'Day!

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22198; Member since: May 28, 2014

Some people can dish it but sure can’t take it. Ridiculous! Perks of being way past your prime, eh? Oh, well....

11. hindnowattca1981

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Not a big deal. We have already this features in IOS and Android :-(

13. Rager722 unregistered

Windows Mobile still exists?

18. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Yes and there are users, not all people can change their phones quickly , especially in developing countries..

20. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Microsoft still has around 0.1% of the market. Thats around 2,400,000 people still using Windows phones.

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