iPhone owners to get new WhatsApp design as app launches trial version

A new version of WhatsApp gives iPhone users the chance to try out a different look and feel on the popular messaging app⁠—but not everyone is convinced by the redesign.

According to WhatsApp insiders WABetaInfo, the latest beta version of the app mixes up the layout of chat lists by removing broadcast and group features from the chat list. The 'Broadcast List' and 'New Group' buttons will be moved elsewhere on the app to clear more space on the home screen.

iPhone users will also get to try out a major change to the way notifications are handled by the app.

For those on the beta program, you'll now get pinged with extra information whenever people mention you or reply to your messages in group chats.

Sources at WABetaInfo said: "WhatsApp is planning to make the chats list very clean.

"And to do that, they need to remove certain UI elements.

"In particular, they are planning to remove the row where you can open your broadcast lists and create new groups."

This is all set to pave the way for a future 'Communities' update, which will significantly change the way the app works.

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Groups will be integrated into 'communities' which act as umbrellas for multiple chats. For example, you could have a work WhatsApp 'community' with multiple group chats organised within it for different team members.

WhatsApp lets users try out experimental new features through its beta programme.

To sign up to it, follow these steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap the three dots, then head to 'More Options'
  2. Tap Linked Devices
  3. Hit 'Multi-device beta'
  4. Tap 'Join beta'

Once you've joined the beta programme, you'll be able to try out every new version of WhatsApp before it is released to the general public.

Some of its features are experimental and will never see the light of day, so it's a good opportunity to try out some secret tech.

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