WhatsApp for iOS Gets Suspicious Link Detection, Notification Extension and More

WhatsApp for iPhone has today been updated to v2.18.90 with a handful of new features, including a suspicious link detection feature, notification extension support and a search option for the Status tab. The updated app lets iOS users view images or GIFs directly from the notification panel itself, although the latest version only works with iOS 8.0 or later.

SuspiciousLinkAlert WBI IOS 4kv9

Using the new suspicious link recognition feature, WhatsApp now analyzes any incoming messages that contain a link in order to detect if it’s suspicious by looking for unusual characters. As demonstrated by Wabeta (shown above), a popup will appear automatically when a suspicious link is detected by WhatsApp. WhatsApp has also released a new FAQ related to the Suspicious Links feature, which can be accessed here.

The new Status search feature lets users search specific contacts and their status updates directly in the Status tab. If your status timeline has a lot of contacts who post updates, you will now be able to find specific status updates with the new quick access feature. Similarly, the notification extension feature lets users use 3D Touch or swipe left on the notification to preview the media from within the notification (see below).


Other highlights of today’s update include Wallet support, status profile picture icon while viewing a status update, minor bug fixes, and stability improvements.

You can grab the free update using the following App Store link.

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