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iPhone users can no longer access Share Sheet Contact Suggestions in latest beta version, says report

WhatsApp in its new version for iPhones, version 2.20.42 has completely removed the Share Sheet Contact Suggestions it recently brought about. However, it may bring about changes in the next version.

twitter-logoYasmin Ahmed | April 14, 2020 | Updated 18:37 IST


  • WhatsApp Beta for iOS completely removed the Share Sheet Contact Sharing feature in the updated version 2.20.42.
  • The feature was only brought about in late March.
  • It enabled its users to share content from other apps by just pressing on the share button without opening WhatsApp.

WhatsApp, in its new beta version -- 2.20.42 for iPhone users has withdrawn the Contact Sharing feature it recently rolled out with its 2.20.40 version. This is because, even though the users enjoyed the convenience provided by this feature, they experienced crashes in the Share Sheet at the same time.

The Share Sheet menu would enable its user to view contact suggestions as soon as he would click on the share button from another app in case he wanted to share something. The process, otherwise, is to press the share button, then go to WhatsApp's app where the frequent contact suggestions appear.

"WhatsApp for iOS 2.20.42 is available on the App Store. The "Contacts Suggestions" feature should be temporarily disabled in this update, to prevent a possible share sheet crash in certain situations," a tweet by WaBetaInfo noted.

Now, the users have to go through the process of sharing content or media by clicking on WhatsApp icon and then sharing it with the contact they would want to.

However, the contact sharing feature could be revived again in the next version of WhatsApp.

The feature, released in late March, was available with the 2.20.40 version of iOS.

The basic idea of this update was to display the contacts as suggestions for sharing content.

The description of the 2.20.40 version for iPhone read, "On iOS 13, your WhatsApp contacts will now appear as suggestions in the share sheet when you share content from another app."

The feature was a shortcut of sorts -- it simply allowed an iPhone user to share content from another app to WhatsApp by suggesting it shortcuts. This would become easier for the user as a few steps for sharing content could be avoided.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp also submitted an update through Google Play program for Android users.

For its 2.20.117 version, WaBetainfo reported that WhatsApp may come up with Advanced Search Feature and Protect Backup feature. The website also noted that these features were under development and may take some time.

The Advanced Search Feature has been rolled out in some beta version for iOS. For Android, there has been no announcement yet, but it may be under wraps and may come out soon. This Advanced Search featurewould enable the user to easily find pictures, audios, documents, videos, GIFs, etc

The report talks about the Protect Backup feature which may enable its user to protect backup on Google Drive. WhatsApp has brought about a field where one can paste their passcode. Without this password, the user may lose his back up. This change, too, has not been brought about yet.

Along with these updated features, WhatsApp is likely to fix critical bugs that cause the app to crash. It will also come with new auto-download rules which include no downloading by default for frequently forwarded messages which are likely to be fake.

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