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WhatsApp users praise new update which features life-saving button

WhatsApp users praise new update which features life-saving button

WhatsApp has a handy new feature which will make life a whole lot easier.

WhatsApp gets pretty regular updates adding new features - some of them major, others minor, but it's always worth keeping your app updated to get them, whether you're on iPhone or Android.

The massively popular messaging platform has added a new feature in its latest update that could be massively helpful: pinned messages.

It lets you pin one message to the top of your chat - and it can stay there for 24 hours, seven days or 30 days.

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This means that if you're setting a poll to agree on a date for your next meet-up, or someone sends a message with details that everyone is going to need soon, you can make sure that no one loses track of it.

It doesn't matter what type of message it is, either - even images can be pinned for those who want to.

Since WhatsApp group chats have increasingly become popular ways to organize events, this is a really useful tool - it could easily become a second way to keep track of shared information, after the group's description.

One thing to know, though, is that the power to pin or unpin messages is decided and allocated by group admins - so you can make it so that not everyone has the option, if you've got friends who can't be trusted with that level of responsibility (we all know the type).

If you're wondering how to actually do it and get started with pinning some messages, here are the details you need.

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How to pin a message in a WhatsApp chat

  1. First, open WhatsApp after updating to the latest available version.
  2. Tap on any chat you like.
  3. Choose the message you'd like to pin and tap and hold on it.
  4. In the options list that opens, tap on Pin.
  5. Choose between 24 hours, 7 days or 30 days for your duration.

This will pin the message, and as new messages come into the chat it will continue to appear at the top, making sure that its contents can't be missed or misplaced.

If you want to unpin a message, the steps are very simple, too.

  1. Open a WhatsApp chat with a pinned message.
  2. Tap and hold on the pinned message.
  3. Tap Unpin.

This will remove the pin and revert the chat back to not having one, ready for whatever pinned message you decide on next.

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