Over a billion people use WhatsApp to stay in touch with friends and family every month, but there’s one feature that drives many iPhone users mad.
When you’re on the Tube or in an area with no mobile signal, it’s impossible to press send on a message, meaning you have to remember to go back and send it when you’re back online.
Well no more, my friends. In its latest update for Apple iOS devices, WhatsApp has added the ability to send messages even when you don’t have a connection.
Messages will be queued up and sent as soon as you get signal – in much the same way as emails, texts and Facebook Messenger posts.
To take advantage of the new feature, all you have to do us update to the latest version of WhatsApp (version 2.17.1) on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
The iOS update also includes a redesigned storage usage screen, that lets you manage your phone’s storage by clearing certain message types – like videos – from specific chats.
It will also allow you to send up to 30 photos or videos at once.
Earlier this month, WhatsApp was forced to deny claims a serious flaw in its encryption could allow messages to be intercepted without user knowledge .
Research from the University of California shown to The Guardian had claimed WhatsApp owner Facebook and others could read messages using a security back door in the system.
However, the messaging service described the suggestion as “false”.
“WhatsApp does not give governments a ‘backdoor’ into its systems and would fight any government request to create a backdoor,” a spokesperson said.