WhatsApp has released a new update which brings back a popular feature
WhatsApp users are getting a popular feature back on their smartphones.
The world’s most popular messaging app has just pushed out a major update which includes the return of text-only updates in their profile.
This feature was removed earlier this year but it seems that, due to feedback from users, WhatsApp has now performed a U-turn.
WhatsApp is now calling the feature “About”, and switching it on will show user’s friends and family their current status.
These statuses can be pre-set messages which include words such as Busy, Battery about to die or At the Gym.
But users can also add their own messages which will then appear alongside their profile.
To set an About message simple tap Settings > Your profile name > The hit About.
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As well as bringing back these text updates WhatsApp has also revealed some new features.
These include the ability play videos right away without waiting for them to download first. Videos will still be downloaded to your phone as the video is playing.
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There’s also a new moon icon in the WhatsApp camera to better capture photos and videos when it's dark
And when editing a photo, 3D touch the crop icon to instantly crop the photo and fill your phone's screen.
This latest update comes just days after WhatsApp web users were warned to restart their browsers.
This was after a serious security flaw was discovered that can allow cyber criminals to access personal data including photos, contacts and videos in a matter of seconds.
According to security firm Check Point, the flaw can be exposed by the hacker sending a single fake image to WhatsApp users.
To matters worse, once the criminals have accessed your account, they can use your log-in to forward further fake images to all of your contacts, spreading the malicious code wide and gaining access to hundreds of further accounts.
The vulnerability, which was discovered by Check Point, was found to trouble those who use the desktop WhatsApp service.
WhatsApp now telling users that they must restart their browsers immediately to avoid being targeted by the scam.
Speaking to technology website, The Verge, a WhatsApp spokesperson said: "“We build WhatsApp to keep people and their information secure,
“When Check Point reported the issue, we addressed it within a day and released an update of WhatsApp for web. To ensure that you are using the latest version, please restart your browser.”