WhatsApp has released a new “file download ETA” (estimated time of arrival) feature to beta testers for iOS, Android, desktop, and web versions of the app. The new feature will show users the time or duration it will take to download or receive a file.
Previously, it was found that WhatsApp is testing a new capability to share larger media files up to 2GB in size in Argentina which is a major jump from the current 100MB media files’ capacity. The new ETA feature will be a minor update to display the time it takes to download or send a file.
WhatsApp will display the estimate time and download percentage of share media
As seen in the shared screenshot by WABetaInfo, users will see the percentage and estimated time of arrival of a downloaded file under its name in the chat bubble. The upcoming feature is deemed useful for users who share larger media files.
The latest versions of WhatsApp beta for Android, iOS, Web, and Desktop bring the ability to view the estimated time of arrival when sharing documents, so when the document will be completely downloaded on your phone or Desktop. The same information is also shown when uploading a document. The feature has been already released on WhatsApp Desktop last month, and this information has been rolled out to some beta testers on Android and iOS this week.
It must be kept in mind that the feature has the same design and functionality across platforms: mobile, desktop, and web.
Recently, it was also discovered that WhatsApp is introducing new changes to the media shared in Disappearing Messages mode on iOS and Android. To enhance users’ privacy, the company is going to set disable auto-save for photos, videos, and other media shared in disappearing mode, and to use auto-save, users will have to disable Disappearing Messages mode.