Posted on 19th Oct 2016 by adebayo
WHATSAPP has pushed-out an update for its hugely-successful messenger that brings the ability to send rich text – including bold, italics and strikethrough – in your message.
The new update brings some minor bug fixes – as well as some nifty new formatting options.
WhatsApp users can now use bold, italics and strikethrough in their text messages. And it might just change the way you talk to your friends.
There's also a hidden new font to play around with too.
The news comes as WhatsApp also introduced the ability to embed a previous text in your reply, like a Quote-Tweet on Twitter, and forward content to other conversations.
It's not immediately obvious how to access the new options since the app does not include them in the small selection menu you can access by pressing and holding on a word in iOS.
• Bold: Add an asterisk (*) before and after the specific words or phrases you want to embolden e.g. *hello*
• Italics: Add an underscore (_) before and after your chosen words or phrases e.g. _hello_
Strikethrough: Add a tilde (~) before and after the words or phrases you want to strike a line through e.g. ~hello~
As long as you have the latest version of WhatsApp running on your smartphone, the chosen word or phrase will embolden, italicise or strikethrough after it has sent.
These codes can also be used online via the WhatsApp Web Client, but the formatting will only appear in the app-based version of the chats.
The news comes as WhatsApp announced it would be dropping support for its BlackBerry app.
By the end of this year, the popular messenger will no longer be available on Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1.
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