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WhatsApp update features: Custom notifications, Mark as Unread, low data setting and more


WhatsApp has added a whole new range of features to its upcoming Android update. According to Android Police, WhatsApp has added as many as five updates within a span of 24 hours. The latest features will be visible on version no. v2.12.194.


You can now mark conversations as unread so as to give you a visual reminder in case you want to respond to your contacts later. Holding on to the conversation will pull up a menu showing you the ‘Mark as Unread‘ option below the archive chat, delete chat, email chat options.


Custom Notifications is another new feature which will be seen below the Media section of your chat settings, along with mute chat. Custom Notifications option lets you select tones, vibration length, light, popup notifications, call ringtone, among others.


Since WhatsApp has started the calling option, there have been some feature updates on that front as well. Now you get the Low Data usage option for voice calls on cellular data networks. You can also check the amount of data sent out and received by WhatsApp in case you are monitoring your data usage. You also have options such as ‘Google Drive backup bytes sent’ and ‘Google Drive backup bytes received’, but no way to trigger a Google Drive backup. Maybe that’s a future update.
The update will roll out gradually. But in case you are desperate to get these features, you can download the update from the v2.12.194 from APK mirror.

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