WhatsApp scores more points on user feedback, adds font styling, quick reply & solid wallpaper colours features

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WhatsApp, your friendly neighbourhood super application isn’t holding off on the changes and improvements. Its latest update that has been activated for iOS and Android (version 2.12.561 you can also get it by being part of its beta testing program) lets users stylise font, use a quick reply function and even has a new wallpaper option.

The font styling feature gives you an option to bold text (this is done by adding an asterisk(*) before and after the *word*), italicise it (achieved by adding an underscore (_) before and after the _text_) or cancel it out with the strike through option (achieved with tildes (~) before and after the ~text~).


The solid wallpaper colour update and gives you the option to add a uniform colour background to your chat instead of just the boring standard wallpaper or gallery option. It’s something that ought to appeal to user interface fans that have a thing for new backgrounds and a personalised feel to their chat experience.




The quick reply option has to be the best feature from the latest update. This allows a user to reply to text from the popup notification without the need to break into WhatsApp. It seems fairly simple but on a regular phone that has so many apps and features trying to grab your attention, it is great to have a way of spending less time navigating from one IM chat every minute.


All these features seem like quite a lot to pack into a single update but with the way WhatsApp has been tweaking its features set users probably expect this and are counting on more to be rolled out.

Looking at its recent 1 billion user milestone and the latest flood of improvements like document sending or group limit adjustments there appears to be a bit of app development wisdom from the WhatsApp team.

It’s one thing to make a great application, but the best changes and updates come from a fair size of engaged users that tell you what works and what doesn’t. The latest updates are what users have been griping about for years, especially since they are also available on other competing messaging platforms.

WhatsApp’s development team seems to be doing just the smart thing – listening to all that feedback and making the right changes.


  1. SimplyGift says:

    Lemme download the new version ryt away

  2. dre says:

    the quick reply pop-up has been around since time immemorial actually

  3. ombui says:

    please connect me with somebody in macedonia

    1. Jeksen says:

      wodei ikoko?

  4. Alex says:

    Got the update but it seems like it is somehow lagging and is unstable…….like the updates though

  5. pgodwa says:

    I will wait and see the first few will see fire I know updates are bad news at times you have to be carefully! Look and listen!

  6. Jack says:

    C’mon, Whatsapp is still a long way off what was done by the guy who made Whatsapp plus sitting under a tree in India. With the resources available to them they could do a lot more.

    1. tinm@n says:

      Would you where every fashion accessory you can find? Even accessories considered trendy in modern times?

      Because you can? All of them?

      Less is more.

  7. joe says:

    how can i get the update

  8. Godfrey says:

    There is an update for 2.16.3 on google play but I cannot figure out how to adjust the font yet

  9. tjaymac says:

    Im using ver 2.16.13 but even if i enter the *, ~ or _s around words i see no stylised fonts on the recipient side

  10. Mahesh says:

    I have to check each and every one to see if they are online
    Please fix it

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