WhatsApp is not known for rolling out features accidentally, but today, the Facebook-owned company rolled out an upcoming feature called 'Private Reply' for Windows Phone Beta users. The WhatsApp Private Reply feature allows the users to reply a message privately in a group without letting others to see the message.
WhatsApp is rumoured to roll out the Private Reply feature for quite some time now, and it's one of the most-asked features from WhatsApp users. Right after rolling out the reply feature to a particular message, WhatsApp users have been asking the Private Reply feature.
@WABetaInfo, popular WhatsApp watcher today said that the company added the feature in the beta version of Windows Phone, only to pull it back in the next beta update. In the new WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone 2.17.344, the private reply feature is disabled. Probably WhatsApp has wrongly enabled it in 2.17.342," WABetaInfo tweeted.
Having said that, WhatsApp again enabled the feature in the v2.17.348 beta update. As expected, the Private Reply option will only be available in WhatsApp groups. Tapping a particular message from another participant in the group shows the Private Reply option. Also, when you select the option, the message will be sent as a personal chat and not in the group.
WhatsApp will roll out this feature to the general public in the coming days, alongside several other new features such as WhatsApp Pay, easy switch between voice and video call, etc.
WhatsApp is now rolling out a new beta update for Windows Phone users in the form of v2.17.342. This beta update includes a new user interface for voice calls. And it also includes the quick switch between voice calls and video calls, although it's very buggy as per @WABetaInfo. This beta update also included granular controls for the group.
WhatsApp will also be rolling out the Private Reply feature to WhatsApp Web, Desktop and Mac clients as well in coming days. The instant messaging giant is also testing tap to unblock feature as well.