WhatsApp Gains Offline Message Sending, and Storage Management & More

Popular messaging client WhatsApp for iOS has received an update that allows one to queue messages while offline. These messages will then be sent automatically once your iPhone regains internet connectivity. Multiple messages can be queued up in the offline mode, so users are free to carry on their side of a conversation until connection resumes.

“You can now tap the Send button on messages when you don’t have an Internet connection,” according to WhatsApp’s release notes. “Messages will be queued up and sent when your phone regains a connection.”

Another important feature introduced in this update — especially for 16GB iPhone owners — is the ability to get a breakdown of space used by WhatsApp on a per-conversation basis. If you head over to Data and Storage Usage under WhatsApp Settings and tap Storage Usage, you will now get a breakdown of the storage occupied by each of your chats. You can delete any particular kind of media you want like GIFs or videos to free up storage space. You can now also chose to download new media files on WhatsApp only when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, or when connected to either cellular data or Wi-Fi.

To access the redesigned storage management screen within WhatsApp, tap Settings → Data and Storage Usage → Storage Usage.

Before signing off, WhatsApp 2.17.1 now lets you send up to thirty photos or videos at once, resulting in fewer taps when bulk-sending lots of media files to a contact.

WhatsApp for iOS is a free download from App Store.

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