We’ve been teasing you folks about WhatsApp for Windows Phone, specifically features that were being tested in the private beta. What are those new features? Just the ability to send pre-recorded videos and up to 10 images at once.
Luckily for you, version 2.11.340 of WhatsApp for the general public just went live in the Store and it has those aforementioned features, plus the usual bug fixes.
- Send pre-recorded videos
- Send multiple images at once
- Save received videos
- Migrate WhatsApp account to a new phone number
- Bug fixes and speed improvements
The ability to send videos has been in WhatsApp for quite some time, but an OS limitation prevented the app from accessing the media library to fetch pre-recorded videos. Since early 2013 though, Nokia has been working with the WhatsApp developers and it looks like it paid off to have friends in high places. Through Nokia’s assistance (and indirectly, Microsoft’s), WhatsApp now has permission to grab videos from your library to send to friends. That’s a lot easier than having to shoot videos on the fly and makes the app more on par with Android and iOS.
The other new feature is the ability to send multiple images per message. Previously, you had to attach a single image per message, meaning if you wanted to send five photos, you had to head into your media library five separate times. With version 340 of WhatsApp, you can just go in once and attach up to 10 photos (which should be more than enough for most of you).
Videos received from a contact should also be able to be saved to your phone directly and there should be a new Album called ‘WhatsApp’, making it easier to find things once you have received them.
Finally, the ability to migrate your WhatsApp account to another phone number is present under settings.
Other additions to this update include the usual bug fixes and speed improvements, which are always nice to have.
Version 2.11.340 of WhatsApp is very fresh to the Store, so if you don’t see the update, try back in a short-time. Pick up WhatsApp for Windows Phone here with this link or scan the QR code below.
Thanks, Elias H. and Nik for the tips!
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.