WhatsApp currently has a new development feature that would make searching for chats much easier. The Meta-owned messaging app will allow users to search messages on chat much more efficiently by enabling chat searches based on dates.
According to a report by WaBetaInfo, WhatsApp has resumed the development of this feature after scrapping it last year. This feature was spotted early in 2020 but was dropped for a few more pertinent feature sets and was never released to the general public.
After releasing the WhatsApp beta for iOS 126.96.36.199 update from TestFlight, WhatsApp plans to rerelease this feature.
This feature will come in handy if a user forgets the conversation or the specific subject but manages to remember the date. The feature can help them sort out the chat without placing particular keywords. All they need is to filter by mentioning the date of the conversation.
Currently, the feature is being developed only for iOS. This is very common among app developers as it would let them focus more on the actual development by not having to worry about customizing the feature for many devices. Once the iOS version is ready to be tested in its Beta Version, Meta will start developing the Android versions.
Once the feature has been deployed using a software update, users will see a new calendar icon when they search for a message in a conversation. With the help of a calendar icon, users can quickly jump to a specific date so they can start reading all messages from that date.
It is unclear exactly when this feature will be launched, but it will take some time. Only a limited number of WhatsApp’s Beta-testers have this feature enabled right now, which means it is in the early stages of development and design. This will be followed by an extensive testing and debugging phase, after which it will be released to the general public.
In other news, WhatsApp is working on some relatively cool features, which we hoped the IM service would have launched a long time ago. Among them is a feature that allows users to chat with themselves. Another feature involves replacing the camera tab with a camera button instead.