I am so used to major developers giving their apps little attention on Windows that a new WhatsApp desktop update is always a pleasant surprise. That is because the messaging service is one of the few big apps that receive consistent powerful upgrades on Windows. And with the latest update, the WhatsApp Beta UWP app is getting enhanced chat filtering.
If you are unfamiliar with WhatsApp Beta, it is a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app that is available for desktop. It is different to the full WhatsApp Desktop because it is a WinUI app written in XAML. It has recently been updated to get the Windows 11 aesthetic.
In the latest update for the app, users can now filter their chats. Among the filters available in the app are contacts, non-contacts, show messages from unread chats, and groups. All of those filters are self-explanatory and allow you to narrow down chats based on your selection.
This new enhancement is arriving as part of WhatsApp Beta 2.2216.4.0, which is rolling out to the Windows Store now. It is worth noting this feature brings the app up to speed with the iOS and Android versions, which already have the filters.
WhatsApp Desktop Update
WhatsApp is doing a great job keeping its apps up to date on the Windows platform. Away from the Beta app, the company is also treating its Desktop app well.
Earlier this month, an update allowed the app to become arguably more appealing than the web version. Four new features came to the app during the release. The first two – archive chats permanently and show message reactions – are standard on iOS and Android but are now coming to Windows 11.
Video calling and GIFs are also landing on the WhatsApp app on the platform.
Tip: Have you ever tried a modified variant of WhatsApp such as GB WhatsApp? These modified clones offer extra features which can do better than the basic version of WhatsApp, like in the case of GB WhatsApp – auto-reply of messages, hide writing status, a hidden chat feature, message scheduler, and more. Before installing an alternative APK, make sure it is malware-tested. As there is also a certain risk of getting banned by WhatsApp when they detect a modified client you should always use the most actual version.