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Earlier this month, WhatsApp rolled out an update that introduced text formatting options such as bold and italics for Android. The options at that time only showed up for Google Play beta testers. However, the same feature has now started rolling out to regular users as well, starting with iOS, and also bring the strikethrough formatting feature.

It works cross platform, only if your friend has the above mentioned versions of WhatsApp installed on their smartphones. The new upgrade demonstrates how WhatsApp is becoming ever closer to becoming a full word processing platform, in the vein of Microsoft Office.

Steps To Follow

WhatsApp for iOS v2.12.17 brings text formatting to the platform, and what’s more, you can combine all three text formatting options together in a single message. All you have to do is to put the text that you have to see as bold *inside asterisks* while typing, the phrase you need to italicise _between underscores_, and words you want to strikethrough ~between tildes~.

If you want to make a text appear in bold + italics, you can type the text _*between their respective symbols*_. Similarly, to combine all three you can type the text ~_*inside all three respective symbols*_~.

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Strikethrough, as well as the ability to combine all three formatting options, has now also come to the Google Play beta app – or version v2.12.561.

As we mentioned, on Android, not all users are able to see the options just yet, on either v2.12.556 available from Google Play, or v2.12.559 available from the company website.

WhatsApp earlier this week rolled out an update for Android users that brings support for quick replies via notifications. The new feature is available in the latest version 2.12.560 which is currently available to beta testers who’ve signed up on Google Play. The new version lets user quick reply to messages right from the notification panel. Also, new improved contextual options for contacts, and a new wallpaper selector.

Recently, WhatsApp also released an update which would display a progress percentage whenever an automatic local backup is in motion. However, the  pop-up still blocks everything but it at least displays the percentage, so that one has a fair idea of how much time one will have to wait before the app is usable again.

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Another small change is the phone number no longer shows up front and centre in the new Settings screen. The new profile section will only show the photo, name, and status, but not the phone number.

WhatsApp has been adding a host of new features to the app since 2016 began.  On iOS, the app now supports Pinch to Zoom’ on video content, and there is third-party app support for sharing pictures and videos. iPhone users can also pick from a variety of solid colours for their chat background.

WhatsApp now has 1 billion monthly active users. Based on recent numbers, the instant-messaging app sees nearly 42 billion messages sent each day via its platform, with over 1.6 billion photos being shared daily.

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