WhatsApp Update Adds Custom Wallpapers for Individual Chats, Sticker Search, and More

Joanna Estrada
Декабря 1, 2020

A WhatsApp beta for Android was spotted carrying the custom chat wallpaper feature in September.

WhatsApp today rolled out a major update on its platform today. These included a new option to mute videos before sharing, a Read Later feature to keep archived chats separate from the main conversation screen, and several advanced wallpaper customization options.

As per a recent report from The Verge, the new wallpaper customization options include the ability to set different custom wallpapers for each chat, color variants of the original doodle wallpaper, several new nature and architecture wallpapers, and an option to set different wallpapers for light and dark mode. WhatsApp says the custom wallpaper will also help users distinguish chats with their favourite people such family members or close friends.

WhatsApp, used by over 2 billion users, is also rolling out doodle wallpaper - the default wallpaper now - in more colors, and is bulking up the selection of wallpapers with more images of nature and architecture from around the world, it said. The update not only brings a new animated sticker pack to WhatsApp's platform, but it also brings a host of new wallpapers to the messaging app. They will be available in the "Bright" and "Dark" albums.

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WhatsApp says it is also improving Sticker Search. Users can now type or use emoji to find a particular sticker, or also browse through common sticker categories. WhatsApp is also bringing an animated World Health Organisation (WHO) "Together at Home" sticker pack to upgrade the existing WHO sticker pack that encourages users to stay indoors during the coronavirus pandemic.

The firm urged sticker creators to tag their stickers with emojis and text moving forward so that their stickers become more easily searchable for WhatsApp users.

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