Mon. Sep 18th, 2023
WhatsApp makes it easier to identify users with no profile pictures in group chats
WhatsApp makes it easier to identify users with no profile pictures in group chats

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp for Android gains a new experimental feature that shows the group chat members’ initials in a circular icon if they haven’t chosen a profile picture.
  • Users whose profile names start with a special character won’t be displayed with their initial in group conversations.
  • The new feature is currently being rolled out to WhatsApp users on the most recent beta version.

WhatsApp group chat participants whose profile pictures are not visible are no longer being shown as generic silhouettes with colorful backgrounds, at least for some beta testers.

As spotted by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp for Android has replaced the generic avatars in group chats for people without profile photos with an enhanced icon showing their initials. The latest change is rolling out to beta testers who installed WhatsApp beta for Android version

That seems to be the only major improvement with the latest beta release of the app, and profile icons still include a background that matches the color of their profile name.

WhatsApp profile avatars in group chats showing a user's initial against a colored background

(Image credit: WABetaInfo)

This comes in handy for people who have a hard time identifying people in group chats, especially if their profile picture is not visible. By displaying their initials, it makes it easier for other members to quickly identify who is who, even if they do not know each other by their first name.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Translate »