WhatsApp tests new wallpaper features, video muting, and a read later feature

WhatsApp tests new wallpaper features, video muting, and a read later feature

WhatsApp is by far one of the most popular IM apps out there, if not the most popular. The app is used by millions of people around the world every day. But as opposed to its massive scale of operations, newer features are slower to roll out to the IM app. After rolling out features like Disappearing Messages and Storage Management tools, WhatsApp is now testing new features like more wallpaper options, muting videos, and Read Later.

Wallpaper Features for WhatsApp

WABetaInfo spotted new wallpaper related features in a recent beta. In the future, users will be able to set different wallpapers for each chat individually, edit the opacity of their wallpaper, choose between 32 new Bright wallpapers, 29 new Dark wallpapers, a custom wallpaper, and Solid Colors, and apply the WhatsApp Doodle on the Solid Color options.

Muting Videos

Further, WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp will also allow you to mute a video before sending it forward to a contact.

Read Later

The Read Later feature is an extension of the Vacation Mode feature that was spotted in the past, as WABetaInfo reports. The idea is to keep archived chats separate from the main conversation screen, and keep it there even when new messages arrive. You also will not get a notification for these new messages, and you don’t need to mute the chat for this. You will also be able to set the behavior on whether chats with new messages should be moved back to the main chats list.


It is important to remember that all of these features are still under testing, either on the Android Beta or on the iOS Beta branches. Knowing how past rollout trends for these in-development features, it’s going to be a while before they roll out in the Stable branch. We’ll keep you updated when they do.

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected]