Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

WhatsApp for iOS finally lets you hit send when you lose connection in the subway

whatsapp offline message facebook feature
The iOS version of the popular messaging app WhatsApp was given an update today that should be warmly received by anyone who frequently travels by subway or finds themselves in areas with spotty internet service. Now, users can queue messages for sending when a network connection isn’t available. Once a connection is reestablished, WhatsApp will now send all of those messages out automatically.

The Android app has had this capability since last year, as StackExchange forum users have pointed out, so this most recent update brings the iOS version to parity. Previously, the send button would only function when your iPhone was online. Post-update, the button is available at all times and pressing it queues the message. It’s a simple but essential tweak for those always on the go.

The app update also carries another much-requested feature: the ability to manage storage in specific chats. In the past, WhatsApp could display the amount of space occupied by different message types — like text, photos, and videos — but it lacked deep, granular control. Now, the Storage Usage screen within Settings has been expanded so users can delete by message type in individual conversations.

Rounding out the new features list, WhatsApp on iOS is now capable of sending out 30 photos or videos simultaneously, up from the previous limit of 10.

WhatsApp’s latest update comes weeks after the company had to refute a report from the Guardian that claimed to have found a security “backdoor” in the messaging platform. In reference to the allegations, WhatsApp told Digital Trends that the supposed flaw the Guardian was referencing was a deliberate design decision made to prevent “millions of messages from being lost.” Since then, various security experts have defended WhatsApp’s explanation, and the Guardian has amended the original article’s use of the word “backdoor.”

Download for iOS

Editors' Recommendations

Adam Ismail
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Adam’s obsession with tech began at a young age, with a Sega Dreamcast – and he’s been hooked ever since. Previously…
Your iPhone just got a first-of-its-kind security update
Deep Purple iPhone 14 Pro held in hand with a wooden gate in the background

Smartphone users should be completely accustomed to getting regular security updates to make sure that their data is protected. Now, Apple is simplifying things by introducing a new way to quickly update iPhone security without needing to push a full-on iOS update.

Apple has been running beta tests of its Rapid Security Responses (RSR) feature that's meant to make security patches easier. As of May 1, RSR has launched for all Apple device owners.

Read more
5 hidden iPhone 14 Pro features you need to use
iPhone 14 Pro in Deep Purple, held in a mans hand.

Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro has been out for a while now, and we’re going to be getting the iPhone 15 lineup in several more months. But that doesn’t mean that the iPhone 14 Pro is a bad phone – in fact, it’s still incredibly powerful! You have the fast and snappy A16 Bionic chip that powers it all, the new always-on display, Dynamic Island, 48MP main camera, and more. And since it uses iOS 16, there are plenty of fun software things to check out as well.

But unless you know where to look, you may not be utilizing all of the cool features of the iPhone 14 Pro, or at least making the most out of it. We’ll show you some of the best features that you should be using on your iPhone.
Take photos in full 48MP resolution

Read more
Check your Apple Card right now — you may have a crazy 10% cash-back promo
Daily Cash page for the Apple Card, showing a 10% back promo for grocery store purchases.

If you’re an Apple Card user, you may want to check if you have a new offer waiting for you that will net you up to 10% cash back on grocery store purchases. Yes, you read that correctly — 10% cash back.

Apple is quietly boosting Apple Card rewards with this new promotion that seems to only be available to select users through May 31. The timing of this offer follows the launch of the Apple Card Savings account earlier in the month.

Read more