WhatsApp testing Mark as Read and Mute chat features in Android notifications. WhatsApp has recently rolled out the beta for Android 2.18.214, which comes with a new feature called ‘Mark as Read’ for the notifications in Android. As of now, this feature is only available in the beta version of the app.
WhatsApp beta users had access to this feature since June. WhatsApp is finally bringing quick actions to its Android app. WhatsApp has started rolling out one cool feature for its Android beta users. Dubbed “Mark as Read”, the feature allows you to mark a message as read right from the notification center.
WhatsApp testing Mark as Read and Mute chat features in Android notifications
WhatsApp testing Mark as Read and Mute chat features in Android notifications. WhatsApp rolled out ‘Mark as Read’ feature for the notification centre. This feature will enable users to mark a message as read from the notification panel itself, without opening the app or the chat. The ability to mute a chat from the notification centre is also being tested, as per the report in WABetaInfo.
Basically, as of now when you receive those short, conversation-ending messages, which you read in your notification and have nothing to add to, you can clear them from your notifications. When you open the app, they’re still marked as unread within WhatsApp, unless you go to the app and then mark them as read.
However, with the update that WhatsApp is reportedly bringing, when you get a message, within the notification itself, you will have the option to reply to the sender or mark the message as read.
The ‘Mark as Read’ shortcut has been spotted in WhatsApp Android beta version 2.18.214. As of now, this feature is only available in the beta version of the app and users need to enroll in the WhatsApp beta programme to use it. The Android WhatsApp Beta programme aims to help users test the upcoming features of the app.
If you wish to opt out of the program at any point, simply uninstall the testing version, and download the public version of WhatsApp from Google Play Store.
How to use the WhatsApp Mark as Read feature?
# The feature is used to mark an unread chat as “read” from the notification bar.
# When a WhatsApp message arrives on the notification screen, the user can mark that message as ‘read’ from the same notification scroll rather opening the app and reading the message in actual.
# This eliminates the need to open the texting app when not needed and reading to a message when not interested in doing so.
# Currently, users only get the ‘Reply’ option for WhatsApp messages in the notifications panel. Of course, the Reply option will still be there.
# The “Mark as Read” button placed next to the “Reply” button on the notifications drawer.
How will be the Mark as Read feature help you?
# It adds lots of convenience to the one using it. It can be also seen that there is a third-party app called AutoNotification that enables the activity in the Gmail.
# Further, this feature will make the process easy and quick, which will let the message sender know that the message has been read when you are running out of your time by reading along, insignificant message.
# The button will definitely come in handy to dismiss those ‘OK’ or ‘Haha’ messages that you may get from time-to-time.
# The feature will save a lot of time of the user as now they will be able to mark read any message without opening it.
# In addition to this, users can also reply to the message within the notification itself (for Android Oreo users only).
How will be the WhatsApp mute feature work?
WhatsApp is testing a mute feature as well. As per the report, users will be able to mute a chat directly from the notifications panel, without opening the WhatsApp app. So, it looks like the notifications panel might soon be updated with two new options – ‘Mark as read’ and ‘Mute’.
The new feature is currently available only for WhatsApp beta users on Android, and it comes with the latest update. So, users need to enroll in the WhatsApp beta programme to use it. The process will take only a few minutes and you’ll become a beta tester for Android.
You can always opt out of the beta programme by uninstalling the testing version, and downloading the public version of WhatsApp from Google Play Store.