WhatsApp adds contact photos to notifications on iPhone


The functionality is already being tested.
Image: WABetaInfo / Cult of Mac

A future WhatsApp update will bring contact photos to your notifications on iPhone. The feature, which requires iOS 15 or later, is already tested with beta users in version 2.22.1.1 of the app.

This is just one of the many improvements that WhatsApp has started working on for its iPhone app. Others include revamped contact pages and a community feature that gives admins more control over their groups.

WhatsApp will improve notifications on iPhone

Apple made a number of notifications enhancements with iOS and iPadOS 15, including the ability to view contact photos. The built-in Messages app was obviously the first to take advantage of it, but others quickly followed suit.

Twitter, Discord, and Slack have also added contact photos to notifications, and WhatsApp will be joining the list soon. WABetaInfo reports that the feature is already seen by some WhatsApp beta testers.

Not all testers will see it yet, the report says, and those who do see it “may have problems adding profile photos to specific notifications” due to the early bugs in the beta. But it should improve and extend to all WhatsApp users in the future.

Viewing contact photos in your notifications can make it easier to identify a message at a glance. As it is, you only see the name of the contact, next to a large WhatsApp icon.

More to come in 2022

WhatsApp has a bunch of other enhancements slated for 2022. In addition to those mentioned above, it will also give users the ability to filter nearby businesses and hide their ‘last seen’ status from unknown numbers.

We’re also still waiting for WhatsApp to finally roll out an official iPad app. It has multi-device support already in place, and it’s believed a suitable tablet app will follow. It’s one of the few messaging services that doesn’t work on iPad.

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