WhatsApp Gains New Text Formatting Options in Latest Update

WhatsApp has added new text formatting options to the chat platform, enabling users to message each other everything from grocery lists to step-by-step instructions in mid-conversation.

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Following Wednesday's update, WhatsApp users can now use bulleted and numbered lists, block quotes, and inline code to communicate more effectively.

The new formatting options join the existing bold, italic, strikethrough, and monospaced formats that have been available to WhatsApp users for a while now.

How to Use New WhatsApp Text Formatting Options

  • Bulleted list: Start a new line with a - (dash) symbol, followed by a space.
  • Numbered list: Start a new line with 1 or 2 digits, followed by a period and a space.
  • Block quote: Start a new line with the > symbol, followed by a space.
  • Inline code: Wrap any code or text you want to highlight using the ` (backtick) symbol.

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All of WhatsApp's text formatting options (Image: WhatsApp)

Last month, WhatsApp introduced a custom sticker creation tool for iPhone users running iOS 17 or later. In a future update, WhatsApp also plans to add passkey support, allowing iPhone users to sign in to the app with Face ID, Touch ID, or their device's passcode.

Top Rated Comments

CB1234 Avatar
8 weeks ago
Wish iMessage would add more features - not gimmicky ones, but really useful ones like WhatsApp has. Lot of our clients prefer to use WhatsApp to communicate, instead of emails. WhatsApp is very very useful for business chats.

iMessage on other hand is not intuitive or business user friendly much...
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sanmi Avatar
8 weeks ago
Just ficking give us an iPad app
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hacky Avatar
8 weeks ago
Yep! Markdown formatting should be standard feature.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
timber Avatar
8 weeks ago

Wish iMessage would add more features - not gimmicky ones, but really useful ones like WhatsApp has. Lot of our clients prefer to use WhatsApp to communicate, instead of emails. WhatsApp is very very useful for business chats.

iMessage on other hand is not intuitive or business user friendly much...
Sometimes in these threads it seems that a lot of people think that WhatsApp only gets used because some people aren't blessed with iMessage.
Well, as you pointed out WhatsApp is a very well put together app, simple and effective.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mazz0 Avatar
8 weeks ago

Wish iMessage would add more features - not gimmicky ones, but really useful ones like WhatsApp has. Lot of our clients prefer to use WhatsApp to communicate, instead of emails. WhatsApp is very very useful for business chats.

iMessage on other hand is not intuitive or business user friendly much...
Surely iMessage as a business tool is a non-starter anyway due to its single-platform nature? A business communications app for me has to be cross platform, if I can't message colleagues on Windows and Linux with it then it's no use.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
toobravetosave Avatar
8 weeks ago
apple too busy going thru their app review backlog for some extra free 30%s
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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