WhatsApp Web Users Could Soon Get the New Revamped Sidebar Interface: Report

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WhatsApp was reported to be working on a new interface for its web client with a sidebar and dark mode last year. Now, according to a new report, the revamped design has started rolling out to some users. The new WhatsApp web feature is said to be available to some of the users who have signed up for the web client beta program. This also indicates that a public release may not be too far away. Notably, last week WhatsApp also started rolling out Meta AI to some users in India.

According to a report by WhatsApp update tracker WABetaInfo, the instant messaging platform has started rolling out the new interface to some users. The report highlights that not all users who signed up for the beta program are getting the feature, as the company is likely conducting a limited test at the moment. The new interface doesn't add new features, but rather rearranges the position of different sections of the platform into a well-designed area in a sidebar.

Redesigned sidebar of WhatsApp Web
Photo credit: WABetaInfo

Based on the screenshots shared by the publication, the new WhatsApp web interface also includes a dark mode, which will offer better readability for some users who prefer the black-and-white background text format. Icons for chats, communities, status updates, channels, archived chats, featured messages, and even broadcast messages can be seen in the sidebar. This also provides improved navigation for featured messages and archived chats, as the current version lacks one-click access.

With the new interface now sent to beta testers, the report also indicates that the feature can be rolled out to all users within a few weeks. Meta has been working on various features for WhatsApp. Last week, Gadgets 360 spotted the new Meta AI chatbot on WhatsApp for users in India. The feature later appeared on Instagram and Messenger as well, and a Meta spokesperson confirmed that the company was testing the feature in new regions.

Earlier, it was reported that WhatsApp was working on a link privacy feature where users would have the option to turn off link previews. The feature was designed to hide any open information that the thumbnail and short description might reveal to those who might be curious about the chats.


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