WhatsApp could get its biggest Android upgrade since it first launched

Messaging app gets a makeover

The WhatsApp Chat Lock feature shown in use
(Image credit: Meta)

Pretty much everyone uses WhatsApp right? That's why any changes are big news. The messaging service has been busy with the release of its Mac app from Beta and the addition of some new features just last month. If you've got one of the best Android phones, however, this will probably be the most noticeable change.

According to WABetaInfo internal tests for version of the app are well underway. Not yet at the beta stage, this update will drastically change how the app looks on Android phones.  

For a start, the new app has ditched a lot of the green for a cleaner white look, but in terms of functionality, it's interesting that the tabs to switch between chats, calls, status updates and communities have dropped to the bottom of the screen. It also features the ability to filter your chats, in the screenshot below you can select between, Unread, Personal and Business. Pretty handy. You can also search through your messages easier with a search bar prominently placed at the top of the screen. 

The new WhatsApp Android app

(Image credit: WABetaInfo)

It's also clear that WhatsApp is working on a way to have multiple accounts on the same phone (presumably with the same phone number) and it is rolling out to beta testers right now. That's great if you want to have a separate work and personal account for example. The same upgrades and design overhaul will presumably come to the iOS app as well. 

With all the changes that Elon Musk is making to Twitter (now X), it's interesting to see WhatsApp actually improving its service, and along with the launch of Threads and the continued existence of Facebook and Instagram, Meta could be set to dominate social media on a whole new scale. 

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.