WhatsApp was recently spotted testing a new Forwarding Info feature that will tell users the number of times a message was forwarded, and also showed a frequently forwarded label when a message has been forwarded more than four times.
However, the features were not enabled until now. It appears that the latest beta build of WhatsApp for Android has introduced the at least one of the features via the open beta channel for all testers.
Following the WhatsApp beta update (version 2.19.87), we can now see the number of times a message has been forwarded.
After being spotted as ‘disabled by default’ in a beta build around a week ago, the WhatsApp beta 2.19.87 update has finally enabled the message forward info feature.
All users who received the beta update can now see the number of times a message has been forwarded. The information is available only when you are the sender of a message that has been forwarded to multiple users.
This can be checked by long-pressing the forwarded message and tapping on the information icon (‘i’ in a circle) at the top.
However, if you have received a forwarded message that has been sent to multiple users, you cannot check the number of times it has been forwarded.
Additionally, the ‘frequently forwarded’ tag which was spotted recently for messages that have been forwarded more than four times is nowhere to be seen in the latest beta build.
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