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WhatsApp to allow users to ‘manage’ updates from now on

Users can either allow WhatsApp to automatically update itself over WiFi, or choose to receive alerts for downloading new version

By Web Desk
January 14, 2024
A representational image of the WhatsApp logo. — AFP/File
A representational image of the WhatsApp logo. — AFP/File

Tech companies often introduce various patches and upgrades with regard to their applications and software, however, this arguably annoys some users who are left with no choice but to update the relevant platform.

However, WhatsApp aims to change this as the Meta-owned platform is rolling out a new feature that'll allow its users to manage WhatsApp updates from within the app settings. 

The feature — available via the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 2.24.2.13 update on Google Play Store — is currently accessible to some beta testers and enables the users to either choose whether WhatsApp updates itself automatically over WiFi when a new version becomes available, or opt to receive alerts when the new version is ready for download.

As per WABetaInfo, this option is only available on devices that have Meta App Manager preinstalled (some OxygenOS devices, for instance) meaning that users of various operating systems or devices that do not currently have the Meta App Manager application preinstalled might not be able to access this particular update management feature through the app settings.

Meanwhile, for devices that didn't come with Meta App Manager preinstalled, manually installing the programme will not allow this specific update management feature.

It is to be noted that users can already choose for apps to update automatically when new versions are released through the Google Play Store. However, some OxygenOS beta testers and users of other device models, still have control over whether or not they receive update notifications.