WhatsApp has greatly improved search, drag-and-drop, and more.  – Bag of fluff

WhatsApp has greatly improved search, drag-and-drop, and more. – Bag of fluff

WhatsApp is now much better at finding your old messages and more.

WhatsApp app icon on an iPhone

The hugely popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has received a major update on iPhone, adding much-needed features and tweaking existing ones to make them even better.

The WhatsApp update has the version number 23.1.75 and is now available free of charge in the App Store. If you have automatic updates turned on, you may already have it. Once you have it, you can expect new things, starting with greatly improved search capabilities.

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With the update installed, you can quickly and easily search for a conversation by date for the first time. The interface is as simple as selecting the date you want to jump to and the app jumps to it — no more scrolling through long conversations just to get to something someone said last week.

Another notable improvement is the ability to drag and drop images, videos, and other documents from other apps. For example, you can drag an image from the Photos app or a link from Safari. Either way, you can drag-and-drop it anywhere you want to send it.

And that’s not all. WhatsApp now lets you undo a “Delete for me” action for a few seconds, while new privacy controls offer the ability to control who can see when you’re online.

WhatsApp has also made it easier to create a new chat with yourself, which didn’t strike us as a real feature at first. But it turns out some people leave messages for each other to create a reminder or a note. Now all you have to do is tap a new “Send yourself a message” button to get started.

If you don’t have WhatsApp installed yet, you can download it now for free. An update for Android users is also available that includes most of these features. You can also get it from the Google Play Store.