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WhatsApp is rolling out new features for iOS and macOS users

Meta’s instant messaging platform, WhatsApp, has been spotted working on some new features that will be introduced in future updates. The first update focuses on providing three ways through which any contact can be blocked instantly. Whereas the second feature is for macOS users.

Starting with the new shortcut features. WhatsApp is aiming to provide a safe environment for users. For this reason, the app is ensuring that users don’t receive unwanted messages from others or messages from unknown numbers. To help its community deal with such conditions, the developers from Whatsapp have added two additional ways through which anyone can be restrained.

While everyone is already familiar with the block option that can be accessed through chat preview, this feature is only available for a one-on-one chat and can’t be used within a group. The second way is through the options that are accessed through chat options. From here, the users don’t have to go all the way down in the chat preview. And the third way to do this is through the red option that becomes visible whenever someone who is not in contact messages that person.

Whenever these options are selected, the application will ask the user if they also want to report any messages they’ve received from that number that led to them being blocked. If the reported texts are found to be against the community guidelines, then that account will be banned.


As per WBI, the beta version has already been released for several iOS users and can be used by downloading it from the TestFlight application.

Moving on to macOS users, a few months back, WhatsApp announced that the company was working on a new application for Mac, an application created with catalyst.

The main idea behind this was to offer all the options iOS users have access to. Initially, the app could only be downloaded from the TestFlight app, but now the company has made it accessible from its site, reports WBI. As a result, the beta version can be used by a large audience. Once it has been downloaded, the app can be connected by scanning the code from the mobile phone application.


However, what needs to be kept in mind is that the app is still in its beta phase, which means that some features won’t be accessible and that it will take some time before access to those features is granted. The users will also receive a note asking for suggestions and their experience with the application.

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