WhatsApp block: new feature could silence your chats forever

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WhatsApp has just released a new beta update for Android, and the latest patch from the chat app giant includes one eyebrow-raising feature. In the latest beta build, WhatsApp has switched out the maximum amount of time that you can mute a chat. At the moment, the most amount of time you can mute a chat for is one year.

However, with the release of WhatsApp beta build 2.20.201.10 testers are now able to mute a chat forever, thanks to the newly added ‘always mute’ option.

As the name suggests, this will let you mute a chat forever – a feature that would come in handy if the unfortunate situation arises where you fall out with someone.

Here’s hoping you never have to go down the nuclear route to break off contact, but if you do then WhatsApp could have you covered.

The new feature was discovered by the chat app sleuths at WhatsApp news website WABetaInfo.

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In a post online they said: “In this update WhatsApp is enabling for several users a feature called Always Mute, a new option that replaces ‘1 year’ when muting a chat. You can easily understand what’s this feature: you can finally mute a chat forever!

“The feature is appearing today for beta testers. If it does not appear, please be patient and you will receive this option within a few days.”

The ‘always mute’ function isn’t the only new feature that WhatsApp has added with the recent beta version of the app for Android. The latest release for testers has also hidden the voice and video call options in chats with verified business accounts.

The buttons, however, are still available if you tap the profile icon in the chat and contact list. It’s unclear whether these buttons were removed by mistake, or if WhatsApp is planning on making communications with businesses chat only in the future.

Elsewhere, with the latest beta version of WhatsApp the enhanced storage features released to some with the previous build have been rolled out to more users.

The revamped storage usage section has a completely redesigned UI, which offers more useful information.

The news comes as WhatsApp has begun testing another new feature which could end up being quite controversial.

Taking a leaf out of Snapchat’s book, WhatsApp are currently working on a feature that would enable self-destructing photos and videos.

It’s unclear when – or if – the feature will get rolled out to WhatsApp users in general.

But when it does WhatsApp users won’t be able to set a timer for when the picture or video gets destroyed.

Instead, the media message will automatically disappear once a recipient exits a chat.

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