WhatsApp update: New Fonts style and Quick Reply



If you own a smartphone (which is most likely that you do own) then you are on of the billion users who opens the app at least once a month. WhatsApp has now introduced more features ( And yeah, they are removing the support for Blackberry and other legacy OS). The feature is enabled not by clicking a button, as on word processing apps. Instead it is hidden in the app, and turned on by including certain characters.


Here’s how to use them:

  • For bold: add an asterisk (*) before and after the specifics words : e.g. *hello*
  • For italics: add an underscore (_) before and after the specifics words: e.g. _hello_
  • For strikethrough: add a tilde (~) before and after the specifics words: e.g. ~hello~

And that’s how they look:

On Android and iOS

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I tried on the web version too but the result aren’t the same

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These new stylings can also be entered in the WhatsApp web client, but the formatting will only show up in the app-based version of chats.

WhatsApp hasn’t introduced too many new features since its launch, aside from voice calls, with the team preferring to keep things simple. That’s quite unlike other messaging apps, which have added payments, bots, games, official accounts, stickers and many more features to provide increased functionality.

The feature was tested in a beta option but has just been turned on for all users with updates to the iOS and Android app. For most people, those updates should automatically install, and come with version 2.12.17 for iOS and 2.12.535 for Android.

Speaking of beta test, WhatsApp has added a Quick Reply Option in The latest beta application

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You can join the beta test program of WhatsApp and other Apps via Google Play all you have to do is go to google and search for “(App name) beta test” for e.g if i want to join the WhatsApp beta test program i would simply search for WhatsApp beta test and click on the corresponding google play link. This is for the android OS, we don’t know about iOS yet.

Follow these steps in order to get the beta version of whatsapp from the play store:

Visit this link: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.whatsapp and click on “Become a tester”


After that you will see this page stating that you’ve became a tester.


After that install WhatsApp from the playstore or if you’ve already installed the app you will receive an update.

Originally written by kalpesh.

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