WhatsApp have just unveiled FIVE new features and we can’t wait to try them. 

The Facebook-owned messaging App released its latest update this week and if you have an iPhone, it can be updated straight from the App store now.

Don’t worry Android users, you won’t miss out either as the new features have also been launched on Google’s platform too.

The new version (officially called 2.12.15) brings in five new features that improves how you communicate with friends and family.

Here are the new features:

Enhanced photo sharing

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It’s now much easier to share photos through Whatsapp (Picture: Alamy)

If you’ve always wanted to be able to share pictures from other apps installed on your phone, you can now do so.

Photos can be shared from Google Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive by simply opening the ‘Photo/Video Library’ option while in WhatsApp and selecting ‘choose from another app…’.

Sure, you can ‘manually’ just zap over a picture or two through Whatsapp but this allows you to expand where you can get your snaps from.

Handy eh?

Sending and receiving documents

Gone are the days of having to ’email’ a document over to a friend, you can send PDFs through your conversations, making the whole experience quicker and simpler.

WhatsApp users can now send and receive PDFs within their app, from other Apps such as iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive.

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You can also send and receive documents from other Apps through Whatsapp (Picture: Alamy)

You’ll see the option when you click on the arrow on the bottom left hand corner.

The only downside is that the app will only support documents up to 100MB in size.

Fixed storage issues

A lot of Whatsapp users in the past have complained that the APP took up a lot of space on their smartphones.

The company have now fixed the storage issues, confirming they have reduced the amount of space the app requires to function.

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Videos

We’ve been able to zoom in on photos for a while but video was off limits.

Hallelujah! You can now zoom in on videos playing in the app just by using your two fingers.

People are seen as silhouettes as they check mobile devices whilst standing against an illuminated wall bearing WhatsApp Inc's logo in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. WhatsApp Inc. offers a cross-platform mobile messaging application that allows users to exchange messages. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

You can now zoom in on videos – finally! (Picture: Getty)

Block Backgrounds

Thanks to the new update, you’ll be able to replace the standard background with one of your choice.

Whatsapp provides a variety of block colours to choose from, but you can just as easily choose your own one from your photo library.

All you have to click on is ‘Settings’ in the App’s menu.

 

 

 
 
 
 
By Jamie Rivera 03/11/2016 08:35:00

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