While it’s fair to say that the vast majority of people tend to use WhatsApp on their iPhone or Android handset, there are also plenty of people for whom the web and desktop apps prove more useful. When you’re sitting at your desk using your computer, for instance, it’s much easier to do everything on one screen rather than having to move between devices.
The first major change experienced in the latest update is a color palette introduction. The “dark mode” color swap that gained popularity over Android and iOS will soon be making it across PCs and Macs across the globe. Dark mode, also termed “dark green bubble swap”, is an easy way for people exposed to constant screen-time to relax their eyes. The background of your WhatsApp chat interface turns black, while the light green chat bubbles running to and from are muted to a darker shade. This not only reduces intense light reaching one’s eyes, but also helps one read chats better. In another addition, dark mode will now also be accessible across WhatsApp Web, the online-desktop version of everyone’s favorite chatting service.
With the latest update to the app, the desktop version of WhatsApp gains support for synchronizing third-party sticker packs. This means that if you already have a collection of sticker packs on your smartphone, they will now be available on the desktop as well. Any new purchases and downloads will also be automatically synced for you. The real fun experience that people drew out of stickers came from cropping and cutting images to make your own stickers! Yes, be it a popular meme template or an embarrassing expression made by your friend in a photo, Stickers helps memorialize this and makes it an active part of the WhatsApp chatting experience.
WhatsApp’s had a successful year throughout the pandemic, and is gearing up for more future updates such as account usage over multiple devices and business-related ads. Let’s see where this trajectory takes the app.