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WhatsApp function with flaws
Thanks to updates, WhatsApp, the most popular messenger service in Germany, is continuously developing, so that it is now much more than just an application for chatting.
Audio and video telephony, as well as group chats and emojis, have been part of the app’s portfolio for several years. So far, the developers of WhatsApp have only stood in the way of one feature, although the demand for this function among users is very high.
We are talking about the mute function, which allows WhatsApp users to mute certain contacts or groups. This feature is available per se, but with restrictions that many users consider unnecessary.
Permanent muting not possible
By muting a group or person, the messages still arrive at the recipient, but without WhatsApp giving a notification or the smartphone vibrating. In this way, the user can devote himself to annoying chats when he feels like it. A basically banal function, but one that is very essential for many consumers.
Anyone who is in many WhatsApp groups will understand the need for this feature. As already mentioned, WhatsApp does have a mute function, but the possibility of permanent mute is missed. If you click on the mute option in the settings of a personal chat or in the group settings, you currently have the option to mute the conversation for either eight hours, a week or a year.
After the selected period has expired, the muting is automatically canceled without further notice and the user must deactivate the acoustic signal again for all chats and groups.
Beta version has the desired feature
This dilemma could be solved in no time with a simple update, and yet the company behind WhatsApp, Facebook, did not seem to consider it necessary to implement this longed-for feature.
But as the tech portal WABetaInfo recently announced in a report, the beta versions 188.8.131.52 (Android) and 184.108.40.206 (iOS) permanent muting will be possible. Accordingly, the option to mute the chat for a year was exchanged for an always.
At what point in time this option can also be expected in regular WhatsApp cannot yet be reliably predicted. Beta updates can sometimes even be months in coming and may even be discarded.
Nevertheless, given the small but subtle influence of the revised mute feature, it can be assumed that it will be available to the general public in the relatively foreseeable future.
Henry Ely / Forex-news.com.net editors
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