WhatsApp to get iPad support, option to block ‘Frequently forwarded’ messages


WhatsApp is now testing the feature in this Android version.

The Facebook-owned messaging app, WhatsApp is testing a feature that will give group admins the ability to block "Frequently Forwarded" messages in group chats. The feature is now in works as we expect WhatsApp to roll it out soon. With Facebook now itself working on adding iPad support to WhatsApp, iPad users will soon no longer need to rely on such apps. On one side of the screen, users will see their chat conversations and the other half will consist of the detailed chat. We told you a couple weeks ago about the new Forwarding Info feature that WhatsApp was going to be adding to the app.

This new feature can be activated from within the Group settings. It will help WhatsApp stop the spread of misinformation. No tracks have been found in the iOS app.

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Despite hosting over a billion active users, WhatsApp hasn't captured a particular segment of the market yet- iPad owners. This is unlike some third-party apps available on the App Store for the iPad which aim to recreate the WhatsApp experience on the iPad via WhatsApp Web.

WABetaInfo also notes that the audio picker feature spotted in development in January is now available in the v2.19.89 beta. The company might roll out the support with the next beta updates. On the other hand, the admin can also choose to allow participants to send frequently forwarded messages to the group with "Allow" and "Don't allow" options. Even the app settings can be navigated in the new split screen view.

The app is now unavailable as it's still in the process of development, but we think it's about time the iPad - one of the most popular mobile gadgets around - gets its own dedicated WhatsApp app. The app also works in landscape mode on the iPad.