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WhatsApp introduces ‘search by date’ feature for Android users

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By Emmanuel Oti Acheampong

WhatsApp has unveiled a new feature allowing Android users to filter their conversation searches by date, enhancing the platform’s search capabilities.

This functionality, previously available on iOS, Mac desktop, and WhatsApp Web, aims to streamline the process of finding specific chats within individual or group conversations.

Mark Zuckerberg shared the announcement via his WhatsApp channel, demonstrating the feature’s utility by searching for an old chat about karaoke. With the “search by date” function, users can pinpoint conversations from a specific day, eliminating the need to sift through extensive chat histories.

To utilise the feature, users navigate to the details of a one-on-one or group chat, tapping on the contact or group name. From there, they can access the search function and select the calendar icon to specify the desired date.

In addition to date-based filtering, WhatsApp users can already search conversations by media type, such as links, media, and documents, directly from the conversation detail page.

WhatsApp has been actively testing various search-related features to enhance user experience. Recent experiments include chat filters categorised as “All,” “Unread,” “Contacts,” and “Groups.” Additionally, the platform is reportedly developing a “Favorites” filter to quickly access starred messages, providing further organisational tools for users.

In addition to search enhancements, WhatsApp recently introduced support for new text formatting options, including bulleted lists, numbered lists, block quotes, and inline code. These additions aim to enrich individual and group chats, enhancing communication and readability within the app.

The introduction of the “search by date” feature reflects WhatsApp’s commitment to continuous improvement and user feedback integration. By addressing common pain points in message retrieval, the platform aims to provide a seamless and efficient messaging experience for its diverse user base.

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