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WhatsApp for iPhone to Get Redesigned Menu, Add Contact Shortcuts to iOS Share Sheet

A report notes that WhatsApp beta for iPhone users facing content sharing issues may not be able to see the contact shortcuts.

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WhatsApp for iPhone to Get Redesigned Menu, Add Contact Shortcuts to iOS Share Sheet

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WhatsApp has released a new beta update for iPhone users

Highlights
  • WhatsApp beta update for iPhone bumps version to 2.20.70.19
  • The new redesigned menu works with iOS 12 and lower versions
  • WhatsApp contact shortcuts will now show up in iOS Share Sheet

WhatsApp for iPhone's latest beta update is here and it brings a few useful tweaks that will likely show up in stable version over the coming weeks. The beta versions essentially hint at what's coming in the future. With the new beta, WhatsApp contact shortcuts will appear in iPhone's Share Sheet menu, but a few users may not see them yet. These few users are said to include all those who are facing issues while sharing content from few apps since the last beta update for WhatsApp. The new WhatsApp beta version also packs a redesigned menu to emulate the one offered by iOS 13. This was reportedly done because the earlier menu used iOS 13 APIs, and it was not possible to add the same redesigned menu for users having a lower version than iOS 13.

WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo has shared all the things that have arrived with latest WhatsApp v2.20.70.19 beta for iPhone. This version adds WhatsApp contact shortcuts in iPhone's Share Sheet menu. This feature shows small contact bubbles of frequent groups or people users share things with whenever you are trying to share something using iPhone's Share Sheet.

However, given that a few users are experiencing content sharing issues with the 2.20.70.18 and 2.20.70.19 beta updates, the tracker says that a lot of users may not be able to see these shortcuts yet. WhatsApp should roll out a fix for this soon.

Additionally, with the latest WhatsApp 2.20.70 beta for iPhone update, the instant messaging app has redesigned its menu, emulating the one available on iOS 13. The company had earlier introduced support for the official iOS 13 menu with WhatsApp v2.20.50.21 beta for iOS, but this menu uses iOS 13 APIs, and it was not possible to add the same redesigned menu for users having a lower version than iOS 13. To enable support for iOS 12 and versions below, the company introduced its own menu that looks similar to the one offered by iOS 13.


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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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