Next WhatsApp update on Windows Phone will also bring individual backgrounds for contacts

We know you’re eagerly waiting for the next WhatsApp update. And why not? After all the beta leaks, it’s looking to be a doozy. From custom notifications, media download controls, custom backgrounds, privacy controls to many subtle UI changes, the next version of WhatsApp is looking to be a wow-worthy update.

Tonight, another private beta update has gone out (build 398), and it brings something even better than the ability to set a background image for all your chats: the ability to set custom images for individual contacts. Give your best friend one image, your significant other another and yet another for your colleagues, the choice is yours.

We’ve already documented the custom background image function, which will give users four options:

  • Gallery with 41 HQ images
  • Take a photo
  • Choose from albums
  • Search web

Furthermore, some other minor changes like the background selector, have been updated, in addition to ‘New group, ’ taking the place of ‘My status’, which has gone back into the menu system. Earlier reports had jump arrows in chats to hop quickly to the end or beginning of conversations; however these have been removed in later builds.  

No word on when this massive update to the most popular messaging app will go through, but it’s clear the developers are focusing heavily on performance, UI and features for Windows Phone users. And that's really exciting.

Note: WhatsApp beta is a private beta, so we are not sharing the link as it would not work for any non-listed members. There currently is no public way to sign up for the beta. So please don't ask for access.

Thanks, anonymous, for the info


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Next WhatsApp update on Windows Phone will also bring individual backgrounds for contacts



Or maybe it was his intention of a joke, meaning that this is taking so long, that we'll probably see this update only after months, alongside the 8.1. At least that's what I got lol

I know right? Next time there's an article about this and it's not the update, I won't even bother reading...

The same for Flipboard, Foursquare update, FB update, FB Messenger Update, TR2 update, Subway Surfers update, Instagram out of beta update, Path out of beta update etc...

All of these will update after 8.1? Nice! I'm still waiting for Flipboard. Thought they'd forgotten about WP. Foursquare needs some upgrade, too - as of now, I'm sticking with 4th&Mayor.

Just an offtopic question: have you ever considered that fb might have bought wa in order to melt it into its own messenger app to eliminate his rival? What's your opinion on that? I mean at least somebody is collecting your data everytime, no matter which company. I really don't know what I should think about the current and maybe future situation, it's like ketchup or catsup or so... Cheers!

Of corse they don't, a lot of people will be gone... Hmm, it's just the amount of money they paid not fitting into my puzzle right now. Well, let's see what the future will bring...

Makes sense, only thing FB does not have for their users and can get from you via WA is your mobile number. Which they already ask you to enter in their messaging app, but it is optional for now. Unless they start scanning your WA messages for targeted ads like Google, otherwise this purchase does not make any sense.

How about....i post what want? Lol This isn't a referendum and I can see what stories stick for traffic and which tank, it's not rocket science.

This is just wrong...showing candy to a kid and telling him..."You cant have it....just yet"

@KM2612, so you're telling us not to post anymore 8.1 leaked info...got it. Look, you can't have it both ways. We either report on tips/leaks, or we don't. I'm not here to cater to your individual hangups, sorry.

Exactly! If u remove leaks and rumours from this website, nothing will be left, which is unbearable now. I hate Sundays lately :D

I love the fact that, if you go over the menu at the top of the website (which navigates between mobile nations websites) and view the articles in each, you can notably see that WPC, and Crackberry have waaaaay more comment going on their articles.

Yet developers dont see how hungry we are............

::ishouldbuyaboughtcat meme - ishouldbecomeabusinessman::

well, mainly because mobile nation isnt the top iphone/andriod blog i guess, and even if it was,  there are TONS of sister sites for those 2 platform in comparrasion to WP/blackberry,.. 

hence why their users are spread across those sites, and why WPcentral is pretty active compared to sister mobile nations sites :)

but even tho WP have lower market share, it also means; competition is pretty small too. i dont know why  developesr dont invest in it :),  i think its time/risk worthy, and one day within  late 2014, i'll release my first game here ,or so  i hope:)

Why not? WPC reports on official news and rumours and definitely on leaks. it's meant for WP news with opinions! Why are you here??

Maybe its going to be available,in whatsapp? Maybe that's why they are not releasing it yet?

COOL! AT LAST SOME CUSTOMIZATION ON WINDOWS PHONE! pretty much needed... but they should focus on the performance too , sometimes it feels BUGGY and doesnt work properly.

Seeing how Windows has multiple colors in its design and Microsoft's firstparty apps on WP follow this design, I hope they will. As well as the option to have multi-color tiles on WP, to match Windows 8.

3 most exiting things r waiting 2 happen in APRIL-

1) WP 8.1;
2) Much Improved Whatsapp; &
3) My Happy B'day...LOL :P

waitng eagerly...

Wpc is hereby banned from posting any news articles on whatsapp until the update is released to the public. Everytime I read the word whatsapp in the news I hope its the update release, but its not. :(

Not really. We have a date for WP 8.1 as April 2nd at build. Whatsapp doesn't have a rumoured date at all. So its not the same, Daniel.

Wow. People will complain about anything. A news site about WP decides to post WP news......how dare they!

Get a grip, surely your life does not depend around a Whatsapp update.

I like to be informed of all new things coming out. Patience is a virtue . Keep the good job Daniel!!!

This is going to biggest update for WhatsApp just like WP 8.1..... Finally WhatsApp and MS are listening and implementing.

Also need a stable version which doesn't crash when you read old messages. And allows us to search for messages within an individual chat like the Android Version.

Oh. You have used that name which cant be named on this site! How dare you! :). Daniel,when can we start using coloured emoticons?

Thanks for the link bro, it says they will provide free license to two makers, one is nokia I guess but who's next? Samsung?

Yeah MSFT did mention their names for newer devices but didn't say about the licensing fees but it would be great to have them free...

what you and wmpoweruser failed to note is that he said that in February, and we're long past that

I didn't say end of March. They misunderstood what I said, that's not my fault.
But it's obvious that the update might be released this month, there is no point in waiting until Build.

January 31: Mista_Smash @whatsapp @nawzil8 "when are you releasing a new windows phone update?"

February 9 by Nawzil8: "by the end of this month"

yeah you didn't say end of March, you said end of Feb. Then when the guy followed up with you in March you said "coming soon".

So who misunderstood what here? When the update will be released are you going to claim credit cause you posted "coming soon" and ignore the fact that you were wrong about Feb and just keep saying how you're never wrong and it's other people that misunderstood your responses? Didn't you say to Daniel Rubino that you're going to be more clear in your posts after you denied jumping on the fake BBM bandwagon, but then backtracked and said that people misunderstood your tweet back then as well?

also "it's obvious that the update might be released this month" here you go again, are we going to misunderstand this as well? If it's obvious then it will be released, if it's not obvious, then it might be released. This is just as good as "coming soon". 

Just admit that you're not a whatsapp insider and have no idea when the update will be released, cause you are only speculating based on the udpates to the private beta.


I said WMpoweruser misunderstood what I said. I did not say the update will be released by the end of March.
I once said it will be released by the end of February, but then they decided to add more features and release the update later with those features too. And even today we got something new in the beta, I think WP Central will post about it soon.

I never claimed to be a WhatsApp insider. ;)

PS: I don't care who don't believe me, I do what I do for those who care. :)

You certainly post like an insider. You don't say I think, you just say "end of month" "coming soon", then if what you said pans out, you claim that you leaked it first and if it doesn't you try to forget about it and when you get called out you say "people misunderstood me". You didn't outright say you're an insider, but you're certainly posing to be interpreted like one. 

I just want text to speech. PLEASE!!!! Could care less about backgrounds (goes against the clean design of WP imo) and the other stuff.

If you guys don't want them reporting on things like this, then don't click and comment on it; but we all know that won't work because you have to comment on how much you don't want articles like this so it defeats the purpose.

Only "interested" in one thing: will the CAP_APPOINTMENTS request finally be gone so I can begin to contemplate to even install this messaging crapware and privacy nightmare at all...?

Features like ability to download songs to media library and send them, is more important than these things.
Also whatsapp badly needs a progress bar while downloading media.

I agree with your second thought. First is already there though not built-in, use Pocket File Manager to download media anywhere and send them by any means..

lets hope they put some heart in it. i had been a user a android for the past 4 years just shifted to windows phone a month back. well some apps are way better on android/ios. apps on windows phone always feel like foster children of the developer....it seems that they never developed love for this platform...they build apps for the sake of building apps. i hope this changes in the log run. my primary motivation for switiching to windows was that i frankly got bored of samsung plastic and android and plus my corporate email wouldnt sync on my kitikaty......

Hmmm, the Custom Tones seem to be for individual chats or group chats. 

Beyond the initial Notification tone, which that seems to apply to, does this also mean we can assign individual Tones to each of our Contacts, as we can in WP for Phone/Txt Tones.

Actually what would be handy is if it looked at your Phones Address Book and assigned the tone you've set for that Contact already. Not sure that's technically possible though.

Well ,I dont know why some ppl show anger on Daniel .its his job to showcase all the rumours and future updates.it takes time to explore the case nd write an article bout it. So one should respect it. I aint taking Daniel's side .i am with the guy whoz spending his time just to make people aware of the updates. More over if he has the beta version then dont cry, he must have earned it . But then again idk why I am writing all this coz we all know some selfcenterd fellas will always hate it.

Wechat already has this long time ago. Also with the Moment feature in Wechat is like a integration of Facebook and Whatsapp.

Version 4 releasing in april 2 with improvement notifications, perfomance, a lot of featurea and perhaps New UI. You will remember this when it arrives.

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Hey guys out of topic but the other day i saw pes 2012 and modern combat 4 running on a Lumia 520 any idea how its happening?

What u mean by l520 update? These updates are meant for all WP8 users irrespective of their makers and WP8 doesn't suck... And stop making pointless comments....

I'm a beta tester for whatsapp using a lumia 520 and whatsapp doesn't crash anymore when i scroll up for messagers. This means that i can view old messagers faster without crashing Really Hope this update will be released soon for you guys


This. I'm waiting for THIS. Crashing a lot from last two updates. It is so annoying that I almost stop using this app.


I don't know why, but I feel that WP8.1 has something on the programming level that will all of this while still being smooth, I do t know if I'm even making sense, but seriously, when we moved from WP7 to WP8 we lost alot of smoothness, seems like we are getting it back. Figures crossed.

You mean the pirated version! No thanks...
but deploy the original one using WP Powertools and play safe.... (requires dev account and dev unlocked phone though)

Updates or not, once when BBM is on WP, WhatsApp goes flying out of my WP. I don't like the fact that any tom, dick & harry in the world can message me individually and add me into a group chat WITHOUT my APPROVAL / ACCEPTANCE / CONSENT...

I can remember a time when the WPcentral staff wasn't fond of Whatsapp, good to see the Whatsapp articles are more "friendly" now that Whatsapp has plenty of features/updates for Windows Phone :)

What's app heats my phone and drains battery, please fix these issues before doing all these gimmicky features:(

Scrolling of apps is still bad on android instagram and fb just but viewing pics and commenting is fast on android. On the other side fb and instagram app of android has a decent UI keeping the old one. Viewing pics on that aren't smooth but the scrolling of posts is fucking smooth

Enough with the temptation already.I'm already sick of it.As i said if they improve the browsing feature without crash then this  update is worth it.And will it take a year for this update or what???

Been seeing beta information for long enough, release an actual update already!! Right now, WhatsApp is probably the most reliable messaging service on Windows Phone.

I think they are bringing features after features in there private beta and would launch all of these features together on 2nd April. :)
Just pre-attached media files sharing feature required now and the fix for the usual crashes on 512 mb ram devices.:)