WhatsApp Beta Gets Notifications Channel Support on Android Oreo
WhatsApp beta version now has support for the new Notifications channel feature on Android 8.0 Oreo. It is live in the beta version, so a person will need to sign up on the Google Play Store as a beta tester to try this out. WhatsApp beta’s update will bring more control over notifications from the application in Android 8.0. The beta version is 2.18.19 that comes with the new feature.
Notifications channel on Android Oreo will let people manage the different kinds of alert that come up on an App. Furthermore, it provides several features such as minimise alerts that are less important and gives control back to the user.
To use WhatsApp’s notification channels, you will need to check for two things. First of all the smartphone has to be on Android Oreo. And secondly, you need to install WhatsApp beta Android version 2.18.19 on your phone.
Once this is done, go to settings, then Apps and Notifications in the settings, and search for WhatsApp in the list. Tap on WhatsApp, followed by App Notifications. Scroll down and you will see several options on how to manage notifications on WhatsApp. The messaging App has 10 kinds of notifications listed comprising of group notifications, message notifications, chat history backup, critical app alerts, failure notifications, media Playback, uncategorized, other notifications, sending media, and silent notifications.
WhatsApp will let you customise how the system should handle these kinds of notifications. For instance, you can put Media Playback on high priority in the notifications and also let such notifications override Do Not Disturb feature. Or you can also block all such notifications or set priority to low. You will have to tap on every notification and set it accordingly to make full use of this feature.
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