New WhatsApp update lets users customise wallpapers for different chats


New aesthetically-pleasing WhatsApp wallpapers are on the way. — Screengrab from YouTube

WhatsApp is introducing a new feature that lets users set custom wallpapers for each chat, instead of being stuck with one default wallpaper.

According to a TechCrunch report, WhatsApp said the feature should help users avoid sending messages to the wrong chat group, which can happen when every conversation has the same wallpaper.

“Make your chats personal and distinguishable by using a custom wallpaper for your most important chats and favourite people, and you never need worry about sending the wrong message in the wrong chat ever again,” the instant messaging service said.

Though if that happens, users can still click on the message and select the Trash icon to delete it, hopefully before the unintended recipient sees it.

The messaging app is also adding a new selection of wallpapers including images of scenery into its gallery. A preview of the wallpapers can be seen in a video released on YouTube.

Users can also set their wallpaper to change when the phone switches from light to dark mode.

The feature is expected to become available through updates that are being rolled out this week. Users can then access this feature on Settings > Chats > Display > Wallpaper or select a contact, click on the Menu button on the top right > Wallpaper.

WhatsApp also wants to make it easier for users to search for stickers to use in chats. Website Android Police explained that users can enter some smileys in the ‘compose message’ box and they will be given some sticker suggestions.

Users will also be able to search for stickers with text. The company is encouraging sticker creators to add tags and emojis to their sticker packs to help populate the search feature for users.

Speaking of stickers, the company added that its ‘Together At Home’ sticker pack – a collaboration with World Health Organisation which was first released in April – will also be available as animated stickers.

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