Whatsapp beta update for Android, eventhough much slower than the iOS version, still introduces the latest features first to its users. If you are a beta user, then you can get your hands on the latest new features much earlier than the normal users.
The latest beta update with the version number, 2.17.306, has introduced 2 brand new features which were rumoured long back. You can now use filters to your photos directly from the app before you share your photos to your status or to your contacts.
This is no surprise considering the fact that, Whatsapp is owned by Facebook, which has been adding a lot of new features to the app lately, taking it further and further away from being a simple messaging app. Talking about new features, the new beta update has also introduced colour status updates much like Facebook.
You might remember that Facebook, a few months back added the option to choose a background for your status, you can pick up from colours and pictures to choose as a background. This feature is now live.
Previously if you want to share text only status updates you would have just captured a photo by hiding your camera to get a black background.
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You don’t have to do that any more as you can now use different colours as background. However, unlike Facebook, choosing the colour is difficult as of now. You have to repeatedly press the button till you get the colour you like. You can also add links to your statuses now!
How To Use Filters And Colour Status In Whatsapp For Android
Update your Whatsapp to the latest beta version 2.17.306.
You can check for the version by going to Settings->Help->App info
If you are not a beta user, you can download the latest Whatsapp beta version from the below link.
You can also join the beta update program here, to automatically receive updates in the future.
Once you have downloaded the latest update and installed it, you can access the colour status from the status tab on your home screen.
Click on the pencil icon at the bottom to add status with a colourful background. You can also add smileys to your update.
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To access the new filters, just share an image like you normally do. Before sending, you can swipe up to access the filters. As of now, there are only 6 filters available to use. Whatsapp might add more in the upcoming versions.
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