WhatsApp users to soon be able to directly forward messages to channels

Feature to enable channel owners to process content from their private conversations before sharing it in channels

By Web Desk
December 05, 2023
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In noteworthy news for WhatsApp users, it has been revealed that the message-sharing platform is currently developing a feature that will allow channel users to directly forward messages to their channels.

Once introduced, the feature will allow the forwarding of messages including text, images, videos, GIFs, audio messages, stickers, and updates from other channels, WABetaInfo reported.

The option was discovered via the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 2.23.26.2 update available on the Google Play Store.

It will also enable channel owners to process the content from their private conversations before sharing it in the channels.

— WABetainfo

With the prospects to be a rather useful tool, the feature will allow channel users will be able to draft messages and prevent the dispersement of premature information resulting in improved accuracy of the content being shared.

According to WABetaInfo, with channel owners being able to share content from other channels, it becomes beneficial for their followers to be able to receive and consume a wide variety of content.

Currently, the option is not available as it is not supported. However, with expected future updates, channel owners will be able to utilise the feature provisioning improved communication experience which allows direct forwarding of messages from various sources to their channels.

Earlier, the app finally made available the voice message transcription feature to more users on iOS.

The transcription feature also allows users to search for information within the message as when the voice note is transcribed, the text is indexed, making it searchable.

The option can be enabled by default but in case you do not want your voice messages being transcribed for some reason, you can disable the feature by visiting WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Voice Message Transcripts.