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WhatsApp’s new feature to allow managing updates

WhatsApp announces a new feature that grants users the ability to decide how they want the application to handle updates.

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, constant updates and patches are a common occurrence, often met with mixed reactions from users. Many find themselves frustrated with the obligatory nature of updates, as they are left with no choice but to comply. However, in a bid to empower users and provide more control, WhatsApp, a platform under the Meta umbrella, is rolling out a groundbreaking feature that allows users to manage updates seamlessly from within the app settings.

New Era of User Empowerment

In a recent development, WhatsApp has introduced a new feature in its beta version for Android, version 2.24.2.13, available on the Google Play Store. This feature grants users the ability to decide how they want the application to handle updates. No longer are users forced into immediate updates; instead, they have the power to tailor the update process according to their preferences.

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Automatic Updates or User Alerts

The new update management feature offers users a choice between automatic updates and receiving alerts when a new version is available. Users can opt for the convenience of automatic updates over WiFi, ensuring that their app is always up-to-date without manual intervention. On the other hand, those who prefer to have more control can choose to receive alerts, allowing them to decide when and how they want to update the application.

Meta App Manager Connection

Interestingly, this feature is currently linked to the Meta App Manager, which is preinstalled on certain devices, such as some OxygenOS devices. Users on these platforms can easily access the update management feature through the app settings. However, it’s worth noting that users on devices without the Meta App Manager pre installed may not have access to this particular update management feature.

Limitations and Workarounds

For those on devices without the Meta App Manager, manually installing the program will not unlock the update management feature. This limitation may pose challenges for users on various operating systems or devices that do not currently support the Meta App Manager application. WhatsApp may need to explore broader compatibility to ensure all users can benefit from this empowering feature.

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While the Google Play Store already allows users to set apps to update automatically, WhatsApp’s new feature takes it a step further by offering a nuanced approach. It caters to users who want complete automation while respecting the preferences of those who wish to retain control over their update notifications. This flexibility distinguishes WhatsApp’s approach from the standard options available on the market.