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WhatsApp iOS update introduces channel forwarding feature

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WhatsApp has rolled out a new stable update for iOS, available on the App Store with the build number 24.13.79. This update brings a significant feature previously seen in the WhatsApp beta for Android the ability to forward messages and media on channels.

As reported by WABetaInfo, this new functionality allows channel owners to easily share messages, photos, videos, and GIFs from any channel directly to their channels. Initially introduced to Android users, this feature is now accessible to iOS users with the latest update. However, it wasn’t highlighted in the official changelog. WhatsApp confirmed its availability through its channels.

The primary goal of this update is to simplify and expedite the sharing process for channel owners. With the new forwarding feature, channel owners can forward content directly from one channel to another, reducing the required content preparation and upload steps.

This saves time and ensures that channels are promptly updated with relevant information.

Source: WABetaInfo

It’s important to note that not all users may receive this feature immediately. WhatsApp typically staggers the release of new features so that some accounts may see the update over the coming weeks. To ensure you receive this feature as soon as possible, regularly update WhatsApp via the App Store and the TestFlight app.

Recently, WhatsApp Android, in beta, introduced Meta AI-generated user images. In May, WhatsApp beta introduced Event Reminder for community chats.

Furthermore, for user convenience, the messaging platform also unveiled one-minute voice notes for status updates, chat filtering, passkeys and a revamped UI.

WhatsApp also brought a beta update to bring locked chats to linked devices.

With all the new updates and user-friendly features, researchers discovered in late May that WhatsApp chats are vulnerable to surveillance despite the company’s promise of chat encryption.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

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