WhatsApp is planning to bring Android users more in line with their iOS friends by issuing an upgrade that gives them more control.
The messaging app will give greater controls to Android 8.0 Oreo users only and will affect how notifications are displayed.
Those using older OS who only be able to choose if notifications are on or off by default.
Oreo was released by Google in 2017 and includes “notification channels” that the messaging giant is taking advantage of. However, as we are aware, only a very small percentage of Android users can access Oreo, believed to be around 1%. This means that any Samsung or LG users will miss out as they haven’t adopted the new OS yet.
Only HTC, Sony and Nokia have begun rollouts but even then, very few users have taken advantage of the update.
The update was first spotted by Android Police and users can now customise Group notifications, Message notifications, Chat history backup, Critical app alerts, Failure notifications and Media playback.
As we have known for some time, WhatsApp is keen to allow users more freedom when it comes to deleting messages and have issued the following instructions:
• Open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you wish to delete.
• Tap and hold the message. Optionally, tap more messages to delete multiple messages at once.
• Tap Delete at the top of the screen > Delete for everyone .
However, it should be understood that the sender and the recipients must have the latest version of the app installed before they can delete messages.
This is the same for both Android and iOS users. The messages can also still be read before they are deleted.