Here’s What You Probably Didn’t Notice in the WhatsApp Beta 2.17.246 Update

We recently talked about WhatsApp Beta 2.17.255, which brought about bug fixes and performance improvements for the app. If you have downloaded this version (which is currently the latest update for Beta), you definitely have WhatsApp Beta 2.17.246 on your mobile device.

This update was released on June 29 and was known for allowing users to pin chats to the top of their chat list. This way, they can quickly and easily get to their favorite chats and won’t have to scroll endlessly to find them. However, what many users don’t realize is that the update also brought about a cool and exciting feature: emoji search.

This isn’t really new since emoji search has been available in WhatsApp Web for a while now. But it’s definitely a wonderful surprise for Android users since it’s the first time that they’ll enjoy this feature.

To use emoji search, simply bring up the emoji keyboard by tapping on the smiley face icon on the left side of the text field. Once the emoji keyboard appears, you’ll see a magnifying glass icon on the bottom left side. Tap on this icon to bring up a search bar, then search for the keyword you have in mind. WhatsApp will automatically show you the emojis that correspond to your keyword.

Admittedly, this new feature can’t be considered revolutionary, but it can help in little ways. For instance, you might want to lighten up the mood using emojis or express emotions that words alone cannot convey. It’s also helpful if you want to broaden your emoji vocabulary instead of sticking to the handful of emojis that you frequently use.

Aside from emoji search, Android Police also points out that many WhatsApp users don’t know they can change font styles using the floating text toolbar that Android Marshmallow brought about. This means that you no longer have to memorize character triggers, such as asterisks for bold letters and underscores for italics. Instead, you can simply highlight the text you’d like to change, tap on WhatsApp’s overflow button (the three vertical dots on the top right of the screen), then choose from bold, italic, strikethrough, or monospace.

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