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Android users can now get their hands on the latest beta version of WhatsApp. Provided, of course, that they are enrolled as beta testers. WhatsApp 2.16.311 is what’s on offer, which doesn’t contain new functionalities, only performance upgrades and bug fixes.

If you are a beta tester, you should seriously download the latest WhatsApp Beta update, so you’ll know what should and shouldn’t go with the actual WhatsApp update.

Becoming a beta tester has its perks. You not only get early test updates before the final public release, but you can also do your share in improving the app, if and when it’s needed.

To test the latest WhatsApp beta update you need to get the beta testing program.

  1. Visit WhatsApp website.
  2. Click on the download button.
  3. Register when asked if you want to join the beta testing program.
  4. Once registered, check for WhatsApp updates on the App Store. You will know that you have successfully registered if you see the phrase “You are a tester” on your screen.
  5. From the window that says “Get the testing version”, click “Download the WhatsApp Messenger app on Google Play”.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to install WhatsApp Messenger (Beta).

So what’s up with WhatsApp 2.16.311?

  • You will need to clear up with 31 MB of storage space to download the new content.
  • Emojis sent alone will now appear bigger than before.
  • Use the @ symbol if you want to mention specific people in group chats.
  • People can join a conversation by simply clicking a link shared by group administrators. An option to “Invite to group via link” will be added to the Add participants menu.
  • Photos and videos taken with WhatsApp can be customized. There will be options to edit font styles when adding captions, and to add emojis, text or drawings on photos and videos.

The latest beta version will work on Android 2.3.4 or later. Learn more about getting the beta versions.