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WhatsApp is rolling out new features and enhancements that have been highly anticipated by users. These include the ability to transfer chats from one phone to another, use landscape mode, and more.

Here is a closer look at the new features:

Landscape mode support for video calls

Meta-owned messaging platform is widely rolling out landscape mode support for video calls, silence unknown callers option and more, on iOS.

"Video calls now support landscape mode," the company mentioned in the official changelog. Also, users can now silence unknown callers by going to Settings - Privacy - Calls.

The platform is also rolling out the ability to natively transfer full account history when switching to a new device. This functionality can be accessed by navigating to Settings - Chats - Transfer Chats to iPhone.

Redesigned sticker tray with improved navigation and a larger set of stickers including more Avatars are also rolling out with the new update.

All these features will roll out over the coming weeks, the company said.


Group calls with up to 15 people

Meanwhile, last week, it was reported that the company was rolling out a feature on iOS beta, which allows users to initiate group calls with up to 15 people.

Group calls already support up to 32 participants, but it was only possible to initiate a group call with up to 7 people.

However, with the new feature, beta users can now initiate group calls with up to 15 people.

High-quality videos

Earlier this month, the company was reportedly rolling out a feature on iOS beta, which allows users to send high-quality videos.

While this feature preserves video dimensions, minor compression will still be applied to the video, thus sending videos in their original quality is not possible.

The default option will always be 'Standard quality' for all videos, therefore, users have to select the high-quality option every time they want to send a video with better quality.

A tag will be added to the message bubble when sending a video with the high-quality option to inform the recipient that the video is sent using this feature.

Migrate chats from Android to IOS

Meta-owned messaging platform WhatsApp has announced that it now allows users to transfer their chat history from Android to iOS and vice versa for all users.

“A new way to keep the chats that mean the most. Today, you will have the ability to transfer your entire chat history from Android to iOS and vice versa. Now you have the freedom to switch to and from your preferred devices,” the company wrote on Twitter.

WhatsApp mentioned that if users are moving from an Android phone to an iPhone, they can transfer their account information, profile photo, individual chats, group chats, chat history, media, and settings. However, users cannot transfer their call history or display name.

Recently, the company said that iPhone users can migrate their WhatsApp data using the ‘Move to iOS’ app. By downloading the ‘Move to iOS’ app on their Android phone, users can use it to transfer the things they care about most, including contacts, messages, photos, videos, email accounts, calendars, and now WhatsApp message history from their Android phone to iPhone.

Translucent bars

Earlier this month, the messaging platform was widely rolling out a tweaked interface that features translucent bars- tab bar and navigation bar-, on iOS The Meta-owned platform was also rolling out a redesigned sticker and GIF picker on iOS.

Wear OS smartwatches

Now Wear OS users can start new conversations, reply to messages, and take calls from their wrist. Meta CEO and Founder Zuckerberg announced the first WhatsApp smartwatch app is now available on Wear OS.

Available on watches that run Wear OS 3, users will no longer need their phone with them to stay connected, and can respond to friends and family using their voice, emojis, quick replies or text.

“We look forward to bringing WhatsApp to even more devices in the future,” said the company.

The users will also be able to respond with voice messages, emoji, regular text, and quick replies.

If they have an LTE-capable Wear OS 3 watch, they will even be able to respond to messages without the smartphone nearby.

According to reports, releasing the Wear OS app now builds momentum for Samsung ‘Galaxy Unpacked’ event next week, apart from making Wear OS more appealing to billions of WhatsApp active users.