The latest beta release of WhatsApp has added the first stage of document sharing. The WhatsApp update to v2.12.493 introduces a new documents icon to the paperclip attachments list, but for now the only type of document you can add is a PDF. To use the feature, both the sender and receiver must be on the same version of WhatsApp.
As you may notice, by adding a new icon to the list, one had to be removed. Previously there was an option for Photo and Video whereas in the latest version there is just one for Camera. When you tap that you’ll see a small popup that asks if you want to take a photo or shoot video.
If you want to try out the document sharing feature, just get a friend on the beta version (although, according to Android Police, document sharing is showing up for some in the latest Play Store version too, meaning it is a server-side change).
Then just tap the paperclip, hit Document and select from the list of PDFs on your phone. You’ll see a preview in the chat and the received file will be stored in a new Documents tab in the Media section in the chat’s overflow menu.
If you’re the file manager type, you’ll also have a new Documents folder in your WhatsApp Media folder and you can now check the Documents box in the Media Auto-Download settings in WhatsApp. While this latest update is restricted to PDFs for now, it shouldn’t be long before other documents types get supported as well.
Will you share documents in WhatsApp now? What other features are you waiting on?