WhatsApp warriors will be thrilled to hear that they can expect huge improvements to the service this year.

WhatsApp is the incredible messaging app that doesn’t discriminate against any operating system. Whether you’re Android loyal or a die-hard iOS fan, you can enjoy the perks that come with this handy messaging service.

If you’re not yet in the WhatsApp game, 2021 might just be the year to get yourself off the bench and get playing. Although it’s primarily a messaging app, WhatsApp delivers its users so much more than simple back-and-forth conversation.

You can download the app today straight to your phone and enjoy a group conversation with up to 256 people at once. Yes, that’s right, 256! Great news if you’re from a huge family or love to keep update with your co-workers.

When messaging simply isn’t enough, you can call your friends and family – even if they live at the other side of the world! If you prefer the old-school face to face conversations, you can enjoy free video calls, which is perfect in these unprecedented COVID-19 times.

There are lots of other cool bits and bobs that you can do like sending photos, voice memos, and documents. WhatsApp’s latest beta suggests that there’s even more to come in 2021 – what a way to kick off the new year!

For those of you who may be wondering what one earth we are talking about, beta apps are new, experimental versions of apps that we love, that aren’t available to download just yet.

Will the new beta deliver something better?

The global pandemic is making everything a lot more difficult for everyone, however WhatsApp’s latest beta suggests that staying connected isn’t one of the things that will suffer in 2021.

There are lots of new features on the way, including one that’s designed to ensure you don’t miss any group calls. So, whether it’s your friends gathering together for a catch-up with a cuppa (or a glass of something stronger, depending on your day) or a big socially-distanced family meal – WhatsApp have got you covered.

A screenshot of a group video call on WhatsApp.
Video calls are about to get a whole lot better.

Currently, if you miss the start of a group call on WhatsApp, it’s impossible to jump in at a later time. We’re all human and lateness sometimes can’t be avoided, even if you consider yourself to be the most punctual person ever!

With the new upcoming feature, users will be able to join anytime. Providing people are still on there nattering away, you’ll be able to hop on the call, give a quick apology and get brought up to speed in no time.

If you’re someone who loves to sift through old conversations, whether it’s to have a laugh again, back up your point with some hard evidence or simply because you’re a message hoarder, then this new beta is great news for you.

According to WABetaInfo, better backups of chat history will be making there way to the service this year. You’ll be able to keep all your conversations safe and secure and access them at your leisure.

A screenshot of the WhatsApp chat back up.
Chat backup is getting a makeover. 

The new beta has organisation on its mind and is bringing easier contact management to WhatsApp. This will be stunning news to those of you who like to keep all your messaging apps organised and structured.

These features are just naming a few from a very large list of improvements. WhatsApp users will see improved stickers, better voice calls, various bug features, and more!

When will we get the WhatsApp updates?

This new beta is not available for testing just yet and WhatsApp have made no comment on a finalised release date, resources in the WhatsApp beta installation files suggest that iOS and Android will see the improvements.

If you fancy being one of the first to try out these cool new updates, you can join one of WhatsApp’s beta programs. For iOS users, you’ll want to keep an eye on the Testflight page for a free space.

If you’re an Android user, you can visit the WhatsApp beta page on the Google Play Store and enter your details. If you’ve already got WhatsApp downloaded on your Android or iOS device, it will be automatically updated to the beta version within a few hours.

What a way to kick off 2021 and if you’re wanting to be totally prepared for the new beta, may we recommend a new phone to enjoy all these great new perks on… Our January sale features some of the best that iOS and Android has to offer – go on, treat yourself.