WhatsApp profile pictures aren’t as big of a deal as they are on other apps like Facebook and Instagram. They just don’t have as much visibility as they are usually hidden away on your profile page. In one-on-one chats, they are visible at the top of the chat window, but in group chats, it is the group icon that takes that spot. In a bid to make your profile picture more important and give it more visibility, WhatsApp is working on bringing your profile picture into group chats themselves.
The WhatsApp beta community has done it again and unearthed a sparkling gem from the latest beta version of WhatsApp for iOS. In the most recent test version of the app, some users have spotted that user profile pictures have started popping up next to their messages in group chats. The visual makes it look like your messages in the group chat are speech bubbles and that your profile picture is saying the text for the group to hear.
We have covered a lot recently about how WhatsApp is borrowing more and more features from Telegram as it attempts to increase the capability of WhatsApp groups. This is another example of this as you can already view user profile pictures in Telegram groups. The update makes it much easier to see who is speaking whenever a message pops up and makes your WhatsApp profile picture just that little bit more important.
At the moment, this new feature is still under development so there is no concrete news available about when it will receive a general rollout to all users. The beta testers who have used it, however, have reported that it is an on by default setting, which means that when it lands it will automatically be turned on for everybody and there won’t be a toggle switch for activating and deactivating it. That means when it lands on your phone it will be active forever.
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