The popular messaging app, WhatsApp has kicked off 2022 with a new “profile photos in notifications” feature on iOS. WABetaInfo reports that the company has started rolling out the new feature to iOS beta testers on iOS 15 which will display the senders’ profile picture in the notification banner on a Lock Screen.
Recently, the company released a privacy-focused update that hides users’ online status and last seen from people whom they have never chatted with and are not in their address book. The feature is available for private and business accounts. Previously, WhatsApp also expanded end-to-end encryption support to chats saved on the cloud.
iOS 15 users will be able to view the WhatsApp sender’s profile pictures on Lock Screen
As per the shared screenshot of the feature, the circular profile picture of the sender will appear in the notification banner, along with their name. This will allow users to view who is texting them or stay updated with their friends and family members on the latest display pictures.
Having said that, the feature may not appear for all users as it is still in the beta phase.
WhatsApp has added the support to include profile photos in notifications when you receive new messages from chats and groups. This feature has been released to some beta testers only on iOS 15 since it uses iOS 15 APIs.
Do not be surprised if it’s not available for your WhatsApp account, because WhatsApp is planning to activate this feature for more accounts at a later date.
At the moment, WhatsApp may experience some issues adding profile photos to specific notifications: since this is a beta feature, we should expect new updates that improve the feature soon.- WABetaInfo
The app specialist has also found that the company is working on a new ‘Community’ feature that will allow Admin of group chats to add multiple groups in a single group on the iOS and Android versions of the app. The expected feature will allow users to expand their social network for professional and other purposes like finding a job, setting up a business, seeking guidance, and more.