whatsappWhatsApp received an update overnight that suggests media previews will soon be coming to the app's iOS message notifications for the first time.

Currently in WhatsApp iOS notifications, images included in messages are replaced by a camera emoji, requiring the user to open WhatsApp to see the media. Likewise, GIF messages are represented in notifications by the space invader emoji.

However, WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp version 2.18.80 lays the groundwork for full media previews in iOS notifications. The upcoming notification extension feature is said to support images as well as GIFs.

NotificationExtension IOS

Image via WABetaInfo

To view the media preview, users will need to use the Peek and Pop gestures or swipe down on the notification in Notification Center. Users should also be able to download the media directly from the notification if they have disabled WhatsApp's media auto-download option.

Aside from the notification feature that's still under development, the latest version of the app lets you use Siri to send messages to WhatApp groups.

WhatsApp is a free download for iPhone available from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

Radon87000 Avatar
36 months ago
Telegram is not as secure as WhatsApp or Signal.
Telegram refused to comply with Russia's regulations. Seems to me they are more secure than WhatsApp who complied.
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ipedro Avatar
36 months ago
I really hate this app. Everything from how bloated it is to the damn stupid name. I hate how so many of the people I know insist on using it, dragging me in. What's worse is that the vast majority of my friends are on iOS so they don't need WhatsApp to get unlimited group messaging with the native Messages app.
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Pagemakers Avatar
36 months ago
Peek and Pop - totally useless invention. Press and hold - would work on any device. I hate 3D touch.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
empire01 Avatar
36 months ago
Getting close to the stage where I switch to Telegram. Not convinced Facebook aren't up to something.
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DaveTheRave Avatar
36 months ago
Getting close to the stage where I switch to Telegram. Not convinced Facebook aren't up to something.
Telegram is not as secure as WhatsApp or Signal.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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